I Don't Sing because I'm Happy;
Singing is good for the soul AND the body. Singing works deeply into our children's physiology: deepening breath and heart rate, altering brain wave patterns and strengthening the immune system. It also releases endorphins, the body's pleasure hormones, into the brain and body. Singing exercises all the muscles in the head and neck, providing the pump action which empties the Eustachian tubes, helping to keep children free from middle ear infections!
Dr. Michaela Glockler, M.D.Pediatrician, Dornach, Switzerland
"Singing is one of the best form of illness prevention, the easiest bridge-builder between human beings and the most wonderful gift adults can give to their children! Singing can help generations navigate the time and space that separates them, thus weaving a bridge of love, health and joy around the world!"
Singing helps to build a child's confidence and self-esteem, and can increase their capacity for self expression. If we start singing with our children when they are young, song will become a part of family life that can continue into a child's teenage years. These years can be particularly troublesome for many children. It is not an easy time to be a young adult in the world. What we can do as parents and teachers is to expose our children to the best and highest music we can find, music filled with idealism, joy, optimism and hope for the future. These are qualities they urgently need to feel, and singing is an easy, accessible, joyful way to fill them with these ideals.
Singing is one of our most direct ways to access our deepest spiritual selves. All cultures of the world speak of the spiritual significance of song and its deep health giving benefits. We can find simple ways to integrate singing into our homes to create meaningful, deep memories for our children. By integrating singing into our homes we help to strengthen the health of our children...and our children's children!