Article: Singing Changes Your Brain

Hello all! I apologize for the long time between posts. I have several tabs open in my browser, just waiting to be shared and added to my lists, but the complications of moving, having to put down my lovebird Buddy, and the busy music performance assessment season has had me all tied up!

This is an article called Singing Changes Your Brain that my dad shared with me the other day. It tells us things that most of us musicians already know, but I thought it was a great article to share with a chorus class. I formatted the article to be printable and student-friendly, and created a reading guide to accompany it. Feel free to use it in your classroom!

I changed a few things in the article, removing the reference to alcohol (changed to “food or other substances”), and adding some clarification on a few words or concepts. These changes, except for the first, will be seen in parenthesis.

Enjoy!

Singing Changes Your Brain – student copy

Singing Changes Your Brain – teacher copy

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About Lady Fair

Lady is a musician with a bachelor's degree in music education. She plays multiple instruments and has participated in numerous musical ensembles, giving her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to use in her teaching career. Of her ensemble participation, she has fifteen years of band experience, nine years choral, and four years in orchestra. Éowyn's primary instrument is clarinet, with voice and piano being close secondary instruments. Throughout her musical education career she studied voice and clarinet simultaneously. In addition to clarinet, piano, and voice, she has also studied violin and oboe at the college level, and also plays recorder, tin whistle, and other instruments in the woodwind family. If you ask her, she will say, "I chose to major in music education because I have a desire to use my knowledge and experience in music to share its beauty and foster a love of music in the hearts of my students. I hope to encourage my students to try their hardest, feel like they have accomplished something, and give them a life long passion for music." Lady currently teaches private lessons on clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, piano, and voice, and recently gained a position teaching orchestra and chorus at a local middle school. She is also a member of the Once Upon a Dream woodwind ensembles.
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