The Educational Benefits of Singing
There are huge educational benefits of singing.
Singing encourages a child to express their emotions and sharpens their ability to communicate while exercising lip and tongue movement. But one of the biggest benefits of singing is the repeated use of the ‘memory muscle’.
Learning a piece of information attached to a tune embeds that information more rapidly in a child’s mind. The majority of children learn the alphabet not by simply saying the letters but singing them. I personally remember learning my times tables in the car on the way to school with my mum by singing along to a tape that contained lots of music!
As children get older the power of singing in their lives can still be extremely beneficial. Matthew Freeman, development manager of ‘Sing up’, a national singing project to help enhance music in children’s education, has found that singing can be a great teaching tool for children. It can be used as a creative and fun way to increase enjoyment and achievement in subject areas where children normally struggle. “Many children do not think of singing as ‘work’ and willingly participate in sessions,” he says, “Singing can be used as a tool to increase enjoyment and participation in a number of different subjects. A skilled singing tutor can cover subjects as diverse as English, numeracy, science, languages, and culture to name but a few.”
It is very true, music and singing embraces all of the subjects taught in school and at Little Voices we are keen to look at the historical context of the songs and musicals we are studying, the language and emotions contained within the songs and the themes running through the musicals. It really is about inspiring children and a broad spectrum of education through the fun medium of drama and singing.
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