WHY JOIN A CHOIR IN 2016?
Happy New Year! Those words usually conjure up resolutions to loose weight, join a gym and eat more healthy food. But I’ve got an idea that you might like to think about as the perfect New Years Resolution.
Perhaps you used to sing in a school choir or singing group in years gone by but the business of life hasn’t allowed you to pursue your musical ambitions. Well the great news is that it’s never to late to pick up singing again, with a little practice you can regain your singing mojo and have a lot of fun in the meantime. But why do it alone? Sure singing lessons are great for perfecting your vocal technique as you have one –on-one attention and I recommend it to anyone who is serious about singing. But joining a community choir can give you the benefits of singing and everything that goes along with that for a fraction of the cost of private tuition.
I’m going to give you 3 reasons why you should join a choir like Melbourne Contemporary Choir in 2016 – if you do so it just could be the best decision you’ve made in a long while.
1. Being in a choir definitely has a social benefit:
Choir singing builds new friendships and brings together people from a community in a way that very few other activities can. Singing in a choir will boost your self-confidence, self-esteem and give you the ability to work in a group as part of a team. Singing in a choir will also boost your mood through the release of ‘feel good’ hormones.
2. You’ll gain skills in singing:
Effective teaching in a choir setting has demonstrated that most people CAN be taught to sing. The Phillips breathless choir is a perfect example of this – people with lung failure and breathing problems have been taught how to sing within the group by Gareth Malone. Choir singing is very inclusive and has the potential to improve individuals quality of life enormously
3. Choirs promote cross-cultural understanding:
Because the voice is so portable a choir can transect the globe very easily. There are plenty of examples of choirs touring and sharing songs from their own tradition and in their native language. Music has the innate ability to cross language and geographical barriers like no other medium.
Our choir is recording and performing original works written specifically for the choir – it’s so much fun seeing a piece of music come together on a night with all of the complementing harmonies contributing their part. There’s nothing quite like the experience of group singing and I’d encourage you to take the first step and join a great choir and start your vocal journey – I guarantee you won’t regret it.
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Jason or (Jase) as he likes to be called is Founder & Creative Director of Melbourne Contemporary Choir (MCCHOIR) and is a passionate musician who wants to bring his love for music to a broader audience.
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