While I’ve never sung with others professionally, I’ve belted out a few tunes and strummed my guitar with my friends or even with other strangers in my own days of music. Working with choirs has been fun for me, but I never really connected with it.
I’ve heard a lot about the benefits of singing in a choir and it turns out that the science of music backs the benefits up, even if it’s a group of not so professional singers. Singing together is therapeutic and very fun, making us feel like something larger.
Songs for amateurs
While most people don’t consider themselves good singers, it turns out that the history of choirs and music are for those same people. Some songs that were made famous were designed to be sung by workmen or sailors when they were written.
Most choirs don’t even require professional singers or even good singers to join, all that matters is you can stay in tune and have a love for music.
Music is a connector for other people, and that love often transcends what we and other people think about our voices. If we get a group of singers together, suddenly everyone sings and carries the tune and even if it doesn’t song Oscar worthy it can still be fun.
Singing together and changing your brain
Scientists have proven that singing with others expands our minds, as we not only have to think about our own voice but also the voice of others around us. By being both focused on ourselves and others, singing together can be an out of body experience for many people.
It also releases a chemical called oxytocin that forms bonds and trust in our brain, making us not only feel connected to our fellow singers but also helps us get a real rush of endorphins when it comes to singing. Singing well-known songs, especially if you sing them together with a group or other instruments, can make you happy and much more open to embracing connections with other people.
Music can give us strength in the most desperate of times, and singing that music can only boost the power that we get from it. Plus, singing is an exercise just like biking or running, and it can help strengthen posture, breathing, and even help reduce stress and pain.
The body on songs
Music has been used as therapy not just when it’s being listened too, but also when it is sung. Everyone can sing with a little pitch practice and training, and whether you think you are good or not it often doesn’t matter when you put your heart and soul out there and just sing a tune.
Singing releases the aforementioned oxytocin and a rush of dopamine and endorphins, and some say it can even help fight depression and other mood-related events.
Just remember that everyone can sing, and talent can be learned and earned through skills and hard work. So even if you feel like you stink at singing, find a way to improve and you can reap these benefits too.