There are currently 7.142 billion vocal instruments being used, in some form or another, throughout the world today. Countless generations have used mimicry, observational science and vocal experimentation to cultivate and refine language, musical styling and methods for learning how to sing. However, thanks to modern technology, it’s only been over the last 4 decades or so that experts in the field of neurology, otolaryngology, speech therapy and vocology have been able to build upon our limited understanding and accurately explain how the vocal-instrument works.
Throughout this recent journey of discovery, there have been innumerous studies showing physical, emotional, and psychological benefits to singing such as the lowering of cortisol (a chemical that signals levels of stress), and the modification and regulation of automatic systems such as heart rate, respiration, and perspiration. Additional benefits include stimulating the release of dopamine (the brain neurochemical responsible for pleasure and reward); serotonin (a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of euphoria and contentment); prolactin (a protein with a tranquilizing, consoling effect which is why sad music makes us feel better); oxytocin (a hormone promoting social affiliation and trust); increased levels of Immunoglobulin A (an antibody thatstrengthens the immune system and decreases stress levels).
In addition, singing has been shown to significantly improve several aspects of patients that suffer from speech and language abnormalities, anxiety, asthma, Autism, mood disorders, Parkinson’s, substance abuse, Alzheimer’s, sleep apnea, Cystic Fibrosis, Aphasia, pain, and memory loss. This might explain why singing has played such a powerful role in the fundamental development of the human psyche from infancy, and continues to be one of the most coveted means of self-expression, social status and self-healing throughout the world.
It does not matter whether you are aspiring to become a world-class singer or not. Learning to sing will enrich your life!
WRITTEN BY RICHARD FINK IV