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1 Powerpoint Templates When I Sing….. Sunday, April 6, 2014 Sheridan Auditorium

2 Powerpoint Templates “The only thing better than singing is more singing“ - Ella Fitzgerald "He who sings frightens away his ills" - Cervantes " Singing promotes health, breathing, circulation and digestion." - John Harvey Kellogg “Mr. Cornflakes” When I Sing 2014

3 Powerpoint Templates Singing is everywhere and singing is in every one of us, to one degree or another. “To sing for other people be it in nursing homes, citizenship ceremonies, Christmas carols, choir concerts; the mix of music and cultures, creates harmony in community”. When I Sing 2014

4 Powerpoint Templates When I Sing 2014 …bringing over 90 people, young and old, from 8 community spaces together to sing; …awakening unheard voices in a series of workshops that teach four part acapella harmonies in barbershop style; … the power of a chorus of 100+ voices sharing the sound and spirit of choral singing with their families and neighbours; …being a part of a unique community effort that builds friendships and promotes health and wellness* by sharing the gift of music. *Research by the Chorus Impact Study conducted by Chorus America (2003; 2009), Stacey et al.’s (2002) report on 20,000 Voices, and Bohan’s (2005) qualitative exploration of White and Holley’s (2001) philosophy – offer some support for the claim that community singing generates a range of positive impacts which are beneficial for promoting health and wellbeing on both an individual and communal level. Imagine…..

5 Powerpoint Templates When I Sing 2014 The Benefits of Singing Together Numerous studies utilising different research designs and methodological approaches have reported the physical, social, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of singing together:

6 Powerpoint Templates When I Sing 2014 “Group singing can be indescribably uplifting. The sound of collective voices making wonderful sounds together - having created and practised when initially it seemed impossible - is quite unlike anything else, and participants feel the effects of this achievement in quite dramatic ways. “ “For me, now, the space and place I live in is stamped with the experiences of singing with the choir…a virtual village of belonging, that has made this my home”. (Gridley, 2008, p.305”

7 Powerpoint Templates When I Sing 2014 Mental Benefits… Learning to sing songs from beginning to end improves your reading skills and your motor skills, by developing the coordination between your brain and your body. The process of learning a song is a fascinating task, with a distinct start and an end product. It's an artistic activity, but also a structured and disciplined one, especially when we sing with others. We are therefore exercising our structural capabilities without necessarily realizing this is happening - which is very helpful for people who might normally avoid or dislike a lot of discipline and method.

8 Powerpoint Templates When I Sing 2014 Mental Benefits… Singing helps to calm negative mental 'chatter' - the distracting unhelpful thoughts we can all have at times - because you are focused on the job of singing, and this stops us dwelling on life's issues and problems. Singing is utterly absorbing and radically different from usual work-related tasks. Like physical exercise, singing requires a level of focus and bodily activity that shifts our minds away from our usual patterns of thinking, even away from quite pressurized and stressful attitudes

9 Powerpoint Templates When I Sing 2014 Physical Benefits… Singing individually and in groups promotes greater physical fitness, well-being and natural health, by increasing the amount of oxygen you take into the body as you take deep breaths. Singing improves the muscle tone in the larynx and also helps to calm snoring, which improves sleeping and counters insomnia, which in turn increases our well-being and health.

10 Powerpoint Templates When I Sing 2014 Physical Benefits… Improves the muscle tone of your rib cage, and in your back and abdominals (belly and lower), because these muscles are involved in controlling the outflow of air and stabilizing the larynx as you sing. Stimulates the thyroid gland, which helps to balance metabolism. Singing is a natural pain killer.

11 Powerpoint Templates When I Sing 2014 Social Benefits… ♫breaks down barriers ♫embraces, encourages and enables diversity ♫promotes equality ♫develops harmonious relationships ♫promotes denser social and friendship networks ♫fosters creativity ♫gets people thinking ♫builds cooperation and teamwork ♫improves personal confidence ♫brings people together, literally ♫enhances morale ♫increases participation in social, cultural and community activities ♫creates a huge sense of personal and group achievement

12 Powerpoint Templates When I Sing 2014 Spiritual Benefits… Singing is actually a form of meditation. When we sing, we shift focus and thinking away from our usual life happenings and concerns, towards something 'other-worldly'. Singing is a way of bypassing your ego to acknowledge your soul. Singing helps us to 'let go', just as in other forms of meditation.

13 Powerpoint Templates When I Sing 2014 Emotional Benefits… ♫increased self-confidence, empowerment, wellbeing and interpersonal skills ♫can help people come more easily to terms with grieving and loss, and can help you to accept certain very testing emotions, to sink into them and know that by surrendering to them, you can free yourself ♫a general lifting of the spirits and a sense of joy and accomplishment ♫lowered feelings of social isolation, depression and anxiety

14 Powerpoint Templates When I Sing 2014 Emotional Benefits… Singing can make you cry. Singing can ignite your passions. And singing can make you laugh. And if you want more of the stuff that makes you feel good naturally - the good chemicals we produce in our bodies when we do good things - you will be encouraged to know that singing releases natural opiates, and endorphins

15 Powerpoint Templates When I Sing 2014 Building Community Every person and every establishment on the planet can gain from the benefits of singing, whether the people concerned think they can sing or not.

16 Powerpoint Templates When I Sing 2014 In May 2013 Nickel City Sound was first invited to partner with the Human League in a community based pilot called “ When I Sing ”. The aim of the project is to use barbershop singing to promote wellness, build community connections and promote choral singing. The Partners

17 Powerpoint Templates In October 2013, key community organizations from the Rainbow School Board and Greater City of Sudbury were invited to participate in the project. 8 groups have responded! The WIS Planning Committee was formed with representatives from these groups.

18 Powerpoint Templates In January, February and March 2014 these small community choruses will participate in weekly, learning workshops coached by NCS members and documented on film. On April 6 th the festival will culminate with a performance that will showcase the choral groups and NCS at the Sheridan Auditorium.

19 Powerpoint Templates 90 Community Voices Rainbow School Board ♫RH Murray PS, Whitefish :10 ♫Nesbitt PS, Sudbury: 23 ♫MSS GR 11 vocal class: 16 ♫Monetville PS: 10 ♫Walden PS : 16 The City of Greater Sudbury ♫Pioneer Manor and Alzheimer’s Society residents, family and caregivers : 10 ♫Sudbury and District Health Unit : staff

20 Powerpoint Templates The Next Steps….

21 Powerpoint Templates Coaching: Nickel City Sound will provide the coaching for each chorus. Wanda Olsen, the director of NCS will work with volunteer coaches from the chorus to teach the songs and provide the barbershop music and learning tools. Nickel City Sound will provide the coaching for each chorus. Wanda Olsen, the director of NCS will work with volunteer coaches from the chorus to teach the songs and provide the barbershop music and learning tools.

22 Powerpoint Templates Promotion and Documentation: Leanne Lavoie of the Human League will lead tasks related to promotion, resource development, communications and project documentation.

23 Powerpoint Templates Project and Performance Coordination The WIS planning committee and volunteers will work with Judith Duncan to produce the festival events.

24 Powerpoint Templates Rehearsals, Singing and Enthusiasm Representatives the Rainbow School Board and The Greater City of Sudbury will recruit and support singers and the choruses and venues. The community of singers will provide the enthusiasm.

25 Powerpoint Templates Are You Excited Yet? WE ARE !!!!!

26 Powerpoint Templates Bailey, B.A. and Davidson, J.W. (2005) Effects of group singing and performance for marginalized and middle-class singers, Psychology of Music, 33(3), pp. 269-303. Beck, R.J., Cesario, T.C., Yousefi, A. and Enamoto,H. (2000) Choral singing, performance perception,and immune system changes in salivary immunoglobulin A and cortisol, Music Perception,18 (1), pp.87-106. Clift, S.M. and Hancox, G. (2001) The perceived benefits of singing: findings from preliminary surveys of a university college choral society, Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, 121 (4), pp.248-256. Cohen, G.D., Perlstein, S., Chapline, J., Kelly, J.,Firth, K.M. and Simmens, S. (2006) The impact of professionally conducted cultural programs on thephysical health, mental health, and social functioning of older adults, The Gerontologist Heather Gridley, Jill Astbury, Jenny Sharples & Carolina Aguirre 2011, Benefits of group singing for community mental health and wellbeing, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), Carlton, Australia. Sidney De Haan Reports: 6 © Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and HealthAuthors: Stephen Clift, Grenville Hancox, Ian Morrison, Bärbel Hess, Don Stewart and Gunter Kreutz Published in 2008 ISBN: 978-1-899253-31- 9 Resources


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