Solo performance has always been your thing. The lessons with your vocal coach have paid off. You see improvement in your vocal technique and have had several opportunities to perform as a soloist.
Recently, you attended a chorale concert and were mesmerized by the beautiful blend of voices and the messages of the pieces they performed. Not only did the choir produce a professional sound, but they looked like they were having fun doing it.
After attending that chorale concert, you’re intrigued.
You love your solo gig, but could you be missing out on a new musical and community experience by not singing in a choir?
We’ll answer that question and convince you of the many benefits of joining a choir at any age.
Table of Contents
- 4 Types of Benefits When Singing in a Choir
- Joining a Choir: A Lifetime of Benefits for Everyone
- 2 Benefits of Joining a Young Children’s Choir
- 2 Benefits of Joining a Middle-Age Children’s Choir
- 3 Benefits of Joining an Older Teen/Adult Choir
- Discover the Glee of Singing in a Choir With Northwest School of Music
4 Types of Benefits When Singing in a Choir
Singing in a choir delivers all kinds of social benefits by sharing the experience with others.
Singing in a choir brings different people together for a common purpose — making beautiful music together. Meeting regularly for rehearsals opens the doors for new relationships and friendships to form.
Joining a choir has a magical way of providing a feeling of connectedness, belonging, and community unlike any other. Research by Nick Stewart shows that membership in a choir can influence togetherness and social well-being more than listening to music or singing alone.
Strong social bonds are also built as choir members work together toward a goal. Whether they’re focusing their efforts to prepare for an upcoming concert or are drilling a difficult passage, succeeding in their efforts together provides a sense of mutual accomplishment and bonding.
Singing in a choir is also good for the soul.
The emotional benefits of singing in a choir go hand-in-hand with the social advantages. The feelings of connectedness and belonging that come with singing in a choir are also tied to emotional well-being and happiness.
Singing in front of an audience can be intimidating and scary. Performing with a choir builds poise and confidence, which can carry over into other areas of life.
Because singing releases hormones like endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin, participating in a choir can improve mood, energy, and positivity.
When you consider the physicality of singing, you may think singing only affects the lungs and vocal cords.
But singing can benefit your whole body for these reasons:
- You practice connecting your breath and posture.
- When you warm up your voice and sing with a choir, your respiratory system is engaged on so many levels — from filling up the lungs to engaging the diaphragm to oxygenating the blood — giving your lungs a solid workout.
- Singing helps with better posture and stronger stomach muscles.
- Heart rates are regulated when singing in a choir. One study shows that singers’ heart rates stayed in sync with the tempo of the music, the melodies, and the speed of their breathing.
- Research shows that singing in a choir decreases cortisol. This boosts the Immunoglobulin A antibody which can play a role in a healthy immune system.
Singing is a great exercise for the brain and can play a part in improved memory and cognitive stimulation.
Learning new songs stimulates the brain and helps improve memory. If you’ve ever memorized something by learning a song — like a list of presidents or the 50 Nifty United States — then you know the power of music and memory.
And that same benefit is even more powerful as we age. The results of one study suggest that:
“… as we age, the brain networks involved in singing undergo fewer changes than those that process speech, suggesting that singing is more widespread in the brain and more resilient to aging.”
Singing has been shown to also help people with dementia.
Singing under the direction of a choir director lends itself to all kinds of additional musical training and skill development, like:
- Vocal technique – Unlike solo singing, joining a choir involves learning timing, intonation, matching pitch, and blending your voice with the other singers.
- Reading music and sight reading – Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran musician, singing in a choir allows you to strengthen your music reading skills every time you rehearse. You’ll learn how to join harmonies and rhythms together in new ways, and you’ll train your sight-reading skills with each new piece you learn.
- Musical vocabulary knowledge – When joining a choir, you’ll encounter a variety of musical terms and phrases like:
- Singing in unison
- And more
- Experience different musical styles – From Classical oratorios to Broadway musical tunes, choirs have the opportunity to sing a wide range of musical styles. They’ll encounter a variety of composers and may even sing pieces in Latin, Italian, French, or German. Undoubtedly, they’ll learn and perform pieces that are new to them and may even come away with some new favorites.
- Music history – Studying music history is a rich endeavor that usually only serious music students accomplish in their undergraduate or postgraduate studies. But singing in a choir gives the amateur musician the rare chance to learn about composers and music styles and the music history behind them — like the history behind why the audience stands during every performance of the “Hallelujah” chorus of Handel’s Messiah.
- Music theory – This is another branch of knowledge that often only serious musicians dive into. Though you won’t go as deep as a professional musician, as a choir member, you’ll grow in your basic music theory knowledge as the conductor leads you through various musical pieces.
- Improved skill – There’s no doubt about it, the more you do a thing, the better you get at it. The same goes for singing in a choir. The more you practice and perform with a group of singers, the more refined and advanced your vocal skills will become.
Joining a Choir: A Lifetime of Benefits for Everyone
No matter your age or stage in life, joining a choir is an all-around good decision. Though we may experience the same benefits of choir singing at any age, the degree that those benefits are felt varies according to age and development.
- Children’s Choir (ages 4-8)
- Treble Choir (ages 8-14); and
- Concert Choir (ages 15-adult)
Whether you’re 5 or 50, we’ve got a place for you to experience the varied benefits of singing in a choir.
2 Benefits of Joining a Young Children’s Choir
Children love singing and making music, so there’s no greater time to get them singing together than when they’re young.
Children’s choirs are a great way to ignite a love for music while also learning basic musicianship and singing fun, engaging, and age-appropriate songs.
If your child is aged four to eight, the Children’s Choir at Northwest School of Music is a great place to get started and enjoy the following benefits.
#1: Social Benefits
Kids are naturally social — they don’t have to work at it. They live for being with their buddies and doing fun things together. Choir is a great place for them to make beautiful music and grow in their social development at the same time.
Singing in a choir gives young children the chance to practice:
- Working as a team
- Cooperating with others
- Coordinating their vocal sound
- Thinking as a group
- Emotional expression
- And more
#2: Learning Benefits
Learning doesn’t only happen in school. Singing in a choir is also a great place to learn and enhance your child’s academic skills.
According to the Chorus Impact Study performed by Chorus America, children who sang in choirs:
- Got better grades
- Had good homework habits
- Were creative
- Had good memory skills
- Have overall improved academic performance
2 Benefits of Joining a Middle-Age Children’s Choir
Middle-age (8-14) choirs are a great next step for children who love to sing and want to be part of a choral group. Like a younger children’s choir, they’ll sing a variety of styles and learn age-appropriate songs. They’ll grow in their musicianship as they learn advanced music skills and begin singing more in parts.
Children ages 8 to 14 can be a part of the singing community at Northwest School of Music in the Treble Choir.
#1: Musical Benefits
Children in this age group start expanding their musical techniques and practice those skills each time they rehearse.
Musical skills they’ll enjoy developing as part of a middle-age children’s choir include:
- Matching pitch
- Singing in parts
- Musical vocabulary
- Music theory
- Music appreciation
#2: Social Benefits
As children grow, they learn to navigate the nuances of social interaction. Singing in a choir is a great way to practice and benefit from being together and working toward a common goal.
As an older child singing in a choir, they’ll have the opportunity to grow in the following ways:
- Working together as a team
- Cheering on their peers to help them succeed
- Balancing voices with others to produce a nice sound
- Considering others’ boundaries
- Balancing fun and attentiveness
3 Benefits of Joining an Older Teen/Adult Choir
Once you’ve caught the choir fever, it can be hard to stop. Singing in a choir gets better and better with age, and older teens and adults continue to benefit from singing together through the years.
An older teen or adult choir may involve singing more challenging pieces, growth in musicianship, more complex techniques, and singing in more parts.
At Northwest School of Music, we help provide an outlet for you to keep singing as you get older with our Concert Choir. With weekly 90-minute rehearsals and various performances throughout the year, you’ll enjoy the musical, social, and cognitive benefits of singing in a choir.
#1: Musical Benefits
As an older teen or adult, joining a choir allows you to refine your music skills and move to more complex pieces.
You’ll enjoy these musical benefits:
- Increased confidence
- Improved musical ear
- Focus on the interplay between parts
- Creating beautiful and satisfying music together
- Improved breathing and audiation skills (i.e., hearing intervals before singing them, anticipating breath, practicing maximum breath support, etc.)
#2: Social Benefits
No matter how old we get, we never outgrow the need for each other and social interaction. Continuing to sing in a choir through adulthood allows an opportunity to join together with friends — and potential new friends.
And even if you’re around people all day at school or work, doing something you love — singing — with others keeps you deeply connected in a special way.
#3: Cognitive Benefits
Our brains constantly need exercise, especially as we age. And singing in a choir is an excellent way to train our brains to stay sharp and alert.
Studies show that adults who sing in a choir benefit from:
- Verbal flexibility
- Improved memory
- Improved information processing
- Strengthens brain connectivity
Singing in a choir is an activity you can participate in at any age. Whether you’re a professional or an amateur, singing in a choir can keep you emotionally and mentally positive and keeps you active and engaged.
Consider singing with the Concert Choir at Northwest School of Music to enjoy these benefits and more.
Discover the Glee of Singing in a Choir With Northwest School of Music
Maybe you have young children at home who love to sing. Or maybe you love singing in a choir but haven’t been a part of a choir in a while.
Northwest School of Music offers choir opportunities for every age. Experience all the benefits of singing in a choir, make new friends, and create beautiful music in a fun and encouraging environment.
And if you want to improve your vocal skills or are interested in moving into the solo arena, our team of vocal instructors is ready to help you realize your dreams with private voice instruction.
Register today and get a free lesson.