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Singing lessons in early childhood education have long been utilized by teachers. Not ‘singing lessons’ in terms of learning how to sing, but as a vehicle for teaching and learning a concept. We know that song makes things easier to remember because it connects facts to long-term memory. And that’s also why singing is always a part of early childhood MUSIC lesson plans. But did you know that group singing is therapeutic and makes people happy? It’s actually a proven scientific fact. Here’s a link to the actual study: While the study was done in 2005, it really didn’t become part...
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Singing is one of the most personal musical experiences that a person can have. Not only does it involve the direct production of sound using the body, but it also involves the expression of one’s emotions through words. Consequently, many avoid singing because of the vulnerability it makes them experience. As an experienced music teacher of adolescents, I seldom ask students to sing anymore... I've learned from experience that the word "singing" is a great source of anxiety for their age group. Many have confessed that the act of singing in front of their peers makes them feel embarrassed, self-conscious, and prone...
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