The Science of Singing

Singing is incredibly complex on a biological level and on a spiritual level. What exactly is happening when we open up our pipes and sing out loud? Dr. Gerald Brooks is a speech and voice specialist who wrote about the engagement of the brain in the Guardian. Singing...
A Brief History of Carnegie Hall

A Brief History of Carnegie Hall

This year, Carnegie Hall in New York City is celebrating its 125th anniversary. This architecturally outstanding building has embraced a wealth of talented performers in its impressive past. To this day, the concert hall hosts a range of young stars and inspires...

Civic Identity and Communal Singing

Singing is courageous.  Singing is unifying.  Singing, and singing together with a group, is a form of uniquely human expression that creates powerful experiences and memories for all involved. An important article by The Atlantic stressed the disappearance of singing...

The Power of Community Choir

Singing as an individual is one thing, but add a few more people, and you’ve got a choir. A choir is simply defined as a body of vocalists who perform together in a group. Within this definition exists a whole world of creative styles and artistic identities. Each...

Teach Your Kids How to Listen, and Why

  You might know some parents who put on Beethoven at bedtime for their newborn, insisting that it will make them smarter. They claim that, maybe, once they’re old enough, they’ll be a natural genius at the violin or piano. It seems today that exposing your young...

The Elements of Music

“Music is… a mother’s lullaby. It gives sound to our feelings when we have no voice, words when we are silent. In it we praise, love, hope, and remember. In the breath of the soul, the contours of the path of a hummingbird in flight, an the wind that...

Music Affects Our Brains, Part 2

Continuing from last month, I have more points to share about how music can benefit our brains. 4. Music can significantly distract us while driving. A study conducted on teenagers and young adults focused on how their driving was affected by music. They tested...

Why Your Brain Craves Music

Music is an extremely ancient activity, which humans have participated in and enjoyed for tens of thousands of years. Music can take us on an emotional ride from sadness to happiness or from anger to peaceful. It can take us on a trip through the past as we replay our...