Singing is a very important for people of all ages. Actually, most people sing before they can talk! If you’ve had any interaction with a baby recently, you may have noticed this. Often babies who play alone in their cribs are coo-ing and forming musical sounds in a language only they can understand while they entertain themselves. This actually continues later on as a child gets older. Most children will sing you a story before they learn to read because singing helps increase a child’s memory, self-control, and concentration skills. Think about it, that is why we teach the ABC’s in the form of a song. Have you ever noticed that you can remember a television commercial jingle or a show’s theme song you heard years ago better than you can remember your best friend’s birthday? Our brains are wired to remember melodies and songs.
Singing can help a child with language development as well. Singing encourages vocal imitation, verbal confidence which develops the child’s eagerness to communicate, exercises the lips and tongue, teaches proper grammar and vocabulary, and has other tremendous effects on a child’s speech development and even their listening skills.
The effects of singing can last long into a child’s adolescence and adult lives. Singing actually releases endorphins that are associated with good feelings which can relieve stress. Due to the nature of singing, the brain is required to work at several tasks simultaneously and it increases memory. Singing also encourages good breathing which brings more oxygen to the brain which keeps the brain functioning at its’ best performance.
Plus, singing doesn’t require you to spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to purchase an instrument, its’ right there in your own body! With all these great benefits, why shouldn’t we sing?!