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Songs for Friendship – Bonding Through Music

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We all remember childhood songs that bonded us with our peers.  It might have been a song from camp, a song sung every school football game, or something from your girl or boy scouts group.   Songs can bring people together and are a great way to bond a group together.

This effect can also be explained by science.  According to Psychologytoday.com, it is author David Huron’s theory (after studying Peretz and Zatorre’s (2003) The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music) that “there is evidence of some hormone-based music and social bonding connections. Listening to music can lower testosterone, resulting in less aggression and, subsequently, more group cohesion. There is also evidence that music can cause oxytocin release, which is also implicated in both infant-caregiver and peer-group bonding.

Here are some great bonding songs we might all remember:

Girl/Boy scouts: “Make New Friends” – “Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold…”

Childhood: “The More we Get Together” – “The more we get together, together, together, the more we get together, the happier we’ll be…”  or “You Are my Sunshine” – “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy, when skies are gray…”

Sports events: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”, “Star Spangled Banner”

For many of us, these songs remind us of groups we’ve been in and group events we remember.  One thing that can enhance these bonding experiences for children is to understand how to use their voice properly, and to not be too shy to sing their hearts out.  Private vocal coaching is a great way for children to have the encouragement and skill building exercises they need to feel confident joining in on a song with a group.  Your voice instructor will address building vocal strength, pitch accuracy, tone and breath control, as well as self-confidence, to enhance singing experiences wherever and whenever they come up.  Voice instructors are there to support these experiences, so use them when you can!

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