What’s your child’s favourite song? I bet you know and have seen them try to sing it with varying levels of success.
You’ve probably heard it said before that music is the language of the soul. It speaks to us deeply and from the very earliest stages of our lives.
Some kids gravitate towards anything that resembles a microphone and unabashedly belt out their favourite songs into hair brushes, torches and toy microphones. Others love singing but are less inclined to share their voice if an audience is present.
Many of us are born with voices suitable for singing only in the shower, but no matter what natural singing ability you have, all people (especially children) have a lot to gain by improving their singing skills.
At Sutherland Shire Singing, in her years as Director, Seryna Lock has seen the benefits of singing firsthand.
“Watching children grow through singing is a real joy. You get to see children learn to step out of their comfort zone, face new challenges with a positive ‘can-do’ attitude, and grow in their own self-confidence.”
How can singing help my child?
A study on The Benefits of Singing for Children was undertaken by the University of London and found that singing benefits children in the physical, psychological, educational, musical and social spheres of their life.
You’re, of course, more than welcome to read the full paper, but here’s the summary:
- Singing is a form of aerobic activity, which increases oxygen, exercises upper body muscles and improves respiratory and cardiovascular health.
- Singing encourages your child to routinely use their vocal cords, which helps them develop their fine and gross motor control.
- The study cites that singing simultaneously lights up several different areas of the brain by attempting to focus on “aspects of music (such as pitch, rhythm, timbre), language (lyrics), fine motor behaviour, visual imagery and emotion.” This mental focus helps keep our brains active and sharp.
- It has been proven that through learning to sing children become to feel more positively about themselves. A strong singing voice and performance experience help children to develop self-esteem, general confidence, and contributes to a stronger sense of self.
- Know someone who sounds monotone when they speak? The research found that through singing we learn to add colour and emphasis to our voice projection. So by exercising their voices through regular singing, children will learn to communicate more effectively.
- Singing helps children with self-expression and increases their ability to manage their emotions by singing out their feelings and frustrations rather than using an alternative outlet or bottling them up.
- Why do people belt out tunes in their cars? Because singing is a feel-good activity that sends endorphins rushing through our bodies, making it a great mood-lifter for children.
- Singing in groups has been proven to increase a sense of belonging in children.
- Collective singing provides an environment where children can connect and empathise with one another through song and social interaction.
- Singing encourages listening, which is a vital skill in all areas of life.
- Through singing children gain information on a range of new topics.
- Singing helps children to develop language and reading skills as they learn.
- Children who learn to sing are exposed to musical theory, structure and phrasing as well as to musical concepts like pitch, tone, rhythm and volume.
Singing is also a much more cost-effective activity for children to engage in as it doesn’t require an endless stream of new costumes or require you to purchase an expensive instrument that kids may not use for long!
Where can you find singing lessons in the Sutherland Shire?
For group or private singing lessons in the Shire, look no further than Sutherland Shire Singing.
Sutherland Shire Singing is the home of singing in the Sutherland Shire. It’s THE place for everyone who loves to sing! Whether you want your child to engage socially, come out of their shell, or develop a talent and hobby that will benefit them at every age, Sutherland Shire Singing can help you.
The qualified vocal teachers at Sutherland Shire Singing can help your children prepare for auditions and singing exams, refine and develop their vocal technique or just show them how to have fun.
Sutherland Shire Singing has recently moved their studio to a new location at 89a Cronulla St in Cronulla, and they can’t wait to welcome you to their bright and friendly space.
They are a proud Creative Kids Provider, which means you can use your $100 Creative Kids Voucher for private singing lessons, group classes for kids, school holiday workshops or online singing lessons.
Contact Sutherland Shire Singing
There’s so much to be gained by starting singing lessons from a young age. Sutherland Shire Singing enrolments for term one are open, so contact them to sign up now and set your child up for success.