Musicality. Its official, singing in a choir improves the way you hear music, it draws out your natural musical ability and strengthens your appreciation of harmony. There is a innate learning curve that occurs organically as a consequence of singing regularly in a group that strengthens your ear. Where choral singing is concerned, the whole really is the sum of its parts, and choir members soon become aware of how harmonies combine and complement each other, therefore growing both individually and as a whole.
Mental Health. Singing in a choir has been proven through various psychological studies to improve our mental health. Other studies have shown that the mental health benefits of choral singing include enhanced brain function, strengthened feelings of togetherness, and the release of endorphins resulting in reduced stress and depression.
Confidence. It’s surprising how many people are told they can’t sing. This has discouraged potential singers for decades. Most people don’t imagine they will ever perform in front of an audience, and to experience this for the first time as part of a choir can be life changing. In reality, unless there is hearing loss, anyone can learn to sing. Singing in a community choir gives you permission to make noise as part of group, and your confidence will grow rapidly.
Sense Of Belonging. Social media networks offers a semblance of community but the lack of contact with people in real time and space can intensify feelings of alienation. Singing in a choir has traditionally been a way of connecting communities since ancient times. Being part of a group working towards a shared goal, can unite people from all walks of life, by helping forge social bonds, and it does so particularly quickly, acting as a powerful icebreaker. People can feel valued and inevitably make friends with individuals from a diversity of backgrounds.
Aerobic and toning exercise. A proper singing session is a wonderful workout for the lungs. The actions of warming up, breathing deeply and opening the diaphragm all oxygenate the blood, creating more white blood cells, which strengthens the whole body. The breathing rate slows and deepens, releasing endorphins and increasing a profound sense of well-being. All this lung action reduces the chance of illness and is excellent for people who suffer asthma, and emphysema. Singing also improves your posture and tones your stomach muscles. A strong core supports the spine so your body will be less prone to injury as you age.