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The Glorious World of Choir

I don’t sing because I’m happy. I’m happy because I sing. –  William James Those of us in the choral world have witnessed first-hand the glorious and wide-ranging benefits of group singing. But not everyone ‘gets it’. If you are

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Ten Tips for Choral Conductors

1.Energy! The conductor must have more energy than the choir. Choirs respond to an energetic and passionate conductor. Particularly with young choirs, a fast-paced rehearsal captures the choristers’ attention, reducing boredom and unwelcome behaviour. 2. Model! As conductors we should

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Want to build empathy within your staff? Sing together.

One of the most significant neuroscientific contributions in recent times involves the linking of the hormone oxytocin with singing. If there is such a thing as a ‘bonding’ hormone, oxytocin is it. Oxytocin is a hormone produced by the brain that

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Music and the Brain Part 3

The brain is divided into two cerebral hemispheres. The left hemisphere controls the ability to speak, read, and write. However, the right hemisphere is responsible for the musical elements of speech, including intonation, prosody, emphasis, and pitch. Musical processing is

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Music and the Brain Part 2

Does musical experience change or strengthen parts of the brain? The good news for music education is that neuroscientific studies confirm many of the benefits researchers have determined from observation. It also has presented us with new and deeper understandings

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Music and the Brain

Neuroscience is the new frontier of twentieth-first-century learning, and we are in the midst of an explosion of brain-related research. This has been made possible due to new brain-scanning techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging. Much of this research

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