As many of our regular readers know, we are big fans of Ben Folds. He is not only a great musician, but an avid supporter of music therapy and music education. Although we are fans of Mr. Folds and like to support his work, we are fans of The Sing Off for another reason all together….
As music therapists we know health benefits of singing. Research shows that singing exercises our lungs, intercostal muscles, and diaphragm. It releases pain relieving endorphins, improves circulation, and decreases muscle tension. Singing reduces anger, depression, and anxiety, and even boosts our immune system. Singing increases self esteem, enhances mood, encourages creativity, promotes bonding, and increases understanding and empathy between people. Most importantly, singing in a group encourages a sense of community and belonging. And what about the educational benefits of singing? Well, the US Department of Education found that students involved in music programs had improved mathematical achievement and proficiency. Additionally, students who participated in music scored an average of 31 points higher in reading, 23 points higher in math, and 31 points higher in writing on the 2012 SAT. And those are just a few of the staggering figures regarding music participation and educational competency.
Unlike most reality shows today that focus on the talent (or lack thereof) of the individual contestant, participants on The Sing Off are working together toward a common goal. They are using their individual strengths to create something unimaginable…a band without any instruments. A cappella singing is an exercise in teamwork, socialization, attention, focus, and unparalleled creativity.
Check out Ben Fold's Huffington Post blog about "Why A cappella Rocks" and tune in for the last 4 episodes of The Sing Off on NBC! See air dates below and support a cappella and music education!
- Weds 12/11 (8-10p ET)
- Thurs 12/12 (8-9p ET)
- Mon 12/16 (10-11p ET)
- Wed 12/18 (8-10p ET)
- Thurs 12/19 (8-9p ET)
- FINALE: 12/23 (8-10p ET)