Keeping older voices healthy through song


We’ve all seen on social media over the last couple of weeks viral videos of Italians singing together from their balconies and online choirs across the UK.

It’s no surprise that, in a time when we’re all feeling a little bit scared and uncertain, we’ve turned to singing to make ourselves feel better.

One of the most encouraging phenomena we have begun to see in response to social distancing laws are the innovative ways that people are starting to bond with each other, particularly through singing. We also see from research that when we sing, our social brains are activated to produce oxytocin, this is a brain hormone closely linked to the way humans socialise with each other and is released when we form social bonds or when we are intimate with others. This is why some refer to oxytocin as the “cuddle” or “love” hormone and I see this research played out every day in my lessons.

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