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    Karaoke For Your Health

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    Let’s be entirely honest, singing karaoke is not everyone’s idea of a good time. For some it may be embarrassing or spark a fit of anxiety. BUT let’s talk for a moment about why singing karaoke could be awesome for you.

    Dr Michael Roizen MD who, along with Dr Oz, has authored 8 NY Times Bestselling books has this to say about singing karaoke.

    “Singing (on or off key) improves breathing—and that’s good for many parts of your body and brain. According to a recent Japanese study (of course!), the benefits of karaoke are far-reaching. Singing Sinatra—or even Aerosmith—relieves stress and boosts self-esteem and confidence, while also building social connections—all major life extenders. Plus, families that karaoke together build bonds and banish conflict.
    There haven’t been studies on how karaoke affects listeners, but listening to joyful music (and what’s joyful is always a personal opinion) reduces blood pressure, so if you enjoy what you’re singing or listening to, be a rock star or a lounge lizard and embrace karaoke”

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Keep on singing!

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    Have you ever said these words? “I’m not a good singer”, “I just can’t sing”, or “You don’t wanna hear me sing”. Perhaps you’ve been known to say, “I sound great in the shower.”
    Somewhere along the way in our lifetime we get separated into categories of great, average, and terrible singers. This creates confidence or complexes for us at a very early age.
    There are so many factors that contribute to being a good singer, ranging from bone structure to posture and breath support. Some things are just genetic blessings but MOST of the traits of a good singer can be taught and learned.
    That’s great news!
    Check out this article which reveals some scientific reasons why just maybe you should keep on singing.

    http://www.interlude.hk/front/science-great-news-people-cant-sing/

     

     

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    The Positive Impact Show Tunes Have On Alzheimer’s Patients

    We already know how much listening to music can benefit Alzheimer’s patients thanks to the documentary “Alive Inside.” Now, new research shows that singing show tunes can boost brain function for a disease that is cruelly known for mental deterioration.

     

    In a study led by George Mason University in Virginia, a group of patients living in care facilities were exposed to a singing program for four months, belting out tunes from “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Sound of Music” and “Pinocchio.” After the end of the evaluation period, the patients scored higher on cognitive and drawing tests than those who had just listened to music. The singing group also reported a higher satisfaction of life.

     

    “The message is: don’t give up on these people. You need to be doing things that engage them, and singing is cheap, easy and engaging,” neuroscientist Jane Flinn who led the study told The Guardian.

     

    Why show tunes?

     

    Well, researchers did not find a link to the specific benefits of singing musicals over any other genre of music. Still, these songs – most of which were performed decades ago – might be easier for Alzheimer patients to perform. They are most likely to remember the words to these songs and revive memories of their life, Flinn said.

     

    This is also further proof of the benefits of music for those who play and sing. Remember, just listening to music is not enough.

     

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    The Benefits of Singing in the Shower

    Some people start their day with a cup of coffee while others read the newspaper. Still more, check their social media accounts. Do you know the best way to start your day is to sing in the shower?

     

    According to Music.Mic, singing releases endorphins and oxytocin to the brain, which heightens your sense of pleasure and reduces anxiety. Singing is a great way to mentally prepare for a stressful day that may be filled with a demanding job or pressures from balancing your work and personal life. According to one of our latest blog posts, singing may be more beneficial than yoga.

     

    As Music.Mic points out: “Those who sing are far less stressed, and that means their hearts do better in the long run.”

     

    If you live with other musical people and can entice them for a group sing-along, you are in a better situation. Those who participate in group singing, such as  choirs, have raised immune competence meaning they are less likely to catch the next cold or flu that is spreading.

     

    Also, the shower is a great place for everyone to sing because ceramic tiles do not absorb sound, making your voice bounce in every direction, according to Ryot. That adds power and volume to even the weakest singer.

     

    So release those inhibitions (who cares what your family members think) and start belting out your favorite tunes.  Your body will thank you for it!

     

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    Yoga for Musicians

    If your new year’s resolution includes more exercise and better music-making, consider yoga to fulfill both your goals.

    Although the benefits often associated with yoga are physical (i.e. flexibility and weight loss) and mental (i.e. stress relief and mindfulness), yoga also helps people with body alignment, balance and building a strong core, all necessary tools for good singing. The belief that yoga can improve one’s singing is so strong that yoga classes have made their way onto Berklee College of Music’s campus (which offers a “Yoga for Musicians” class) and has spawned its own sub-industry that includes DVDs and books.

    Does yoga make you a better singer? Well, you still need to practice singing and science has yet to make a strong connection. Still, it does not hurt to try! We’ve collected some videos and poses to get you started. Try them and tell us what you think!

    Adie Grey

    While the production quality is lacking, this video does a good job of explaining why certain poses benefit signers. You may not watch this every day as part of your yoga routine, but you will have better knowledge on how your body affects your music performance.

     

    Mia Olson
    She is a Berklee instructor who also teaches yoga. There is no accompanying video but in this Making Music magazine article Olson lists some specific poses that works for all musicians. She focuses more on yoga as a form of injury prevention.

     

    Chaz Rough

    This video is geared toward those who want to do yoga before a recital or performance. It’s quick but might do the trick to make you calm, flexible and confident.

     

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    Survey Reveals Parents Thoughts on Music and Singing

    A new survey shows that parents overwhelmingly value music education yet we were disappointed how few families incorporate music making into their lives.

    The survey — commissioned by Music Together over the summer — revealed that 31 percent of parents have never sung to their children and only 17 percent sing daily.

    Why don’t parents sing? The survey could not provide insight but based on responses to other survey questions we think it is due to self-consciousness. For instance, 72 percent of parents think people are either born with or without the ability to sing. Given that 31 percent of parents singing every day in the shower and in the car some insecurity may prevent them from singing to their children.

    At The Music Junction, we believe very passionately that singing well is within everyone’s reach and it’s not an innate ability. It just takes professional instruction, practice and some confidence. If you do not have the time or the resources right now for music lessons just keep singing. Sing loud and be happy and don’t worry if you’re out of tune!

    We’re glad that Music Together agrees with us.

    “Some adults feel self-conscious about their own singing and dancing and some may think they need to be a great singer or musician in order to be a good musical role model,” says Kenneth Guilmartin, founder of Music Together. “But, research suggests that even parents who cannot sing in tune can still provide their child with a positive disposition for music-making. In addition, singing and dancing together can be an important way to bond with your child.”

    However, we weren’t completely disappointed with the survey results. Approximately 98 percent of parents believe children need music education and 52 percent believe that it should begin between the ages of 1 to 5 years old.

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    Think You’re Not A Good Singer? Science Offers Good News For Those Who Are Out Of Tune

    There is something about using the body’s own musical instrument — your voice — that evokes fears in so many people.

     How many times have you seen people at church or a baseball games mouth the words to a song instead of singing it out loud? How many times have people avoided singing publicly by calling themselves a “shower singer”?

    Here at The Music Junction,  we firmly believe that a mixture of training and confidence can make any person a good singer. It just take times and practice.

    Still, if you’re in need of an extra confidence boost, we have some news to inspire you. It’s called the vocal generosity effect.

    According to a scientific study, people are more forgiving of singing errors compared to other musical instruments including the violin. Researcher Sean Hutchins asked test subjects to listen to a melody from a violin and one from a singer. They were then asked to determine if the last note was in tune or out of tune. When a singer was a semitone off — in other words, singing the wrong note — less than 50 percent of the subjects noticed. When a violin player was a semitone off nearly 75 percent of the people noticed. The laxness in judging the human voice also applies to those with music training. Although people with musical training were more apt to notice a note out of tune, the study found that they also favored the singer over the violinist.

    What is the reasoning behind this? No one, including researchers, are quite sure.

    However, PsychCentral reported that the researchers had one theory: “One possibility is that when we hear a human voice, our perceptual system moves in to a ‘vocal mode’ that pays less attention to pitch.”

    You can listen to some samples of violin and vocal melodies that are in tune and out of tune. Go ahead and test yourself!

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    We can see sound!

    Through the science of cymatics, we can not only hear sound, we can actually see it.  In this video, Evan Grant demonstrates the science and art of cymatics, a process for making soundwaves visible.

    This is one image of what Beethoven’s 9th Symphony looks like through a cymatic device:

    Cymatic image of Beethovens 9th

    Useful for analyzing complex sounds (like dolphin calls), the science of cymatics can also make complex and beautiful designs.

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