Why We Love The Sing Off (and You Should Too!)

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)

Jamie George

The George Center for Music Therapy, 12060 Etris Rd. Suite 200, Roswell, GA

JAMIE GEORGE

Jamie founded The George Center for Music Therapy, Inc. in 2010 in order to expand and increase access to quality music therapy programs in the metro Atlanta area. She is a licensed and nationally board-certified music therapist. Jamie holds additional certifications in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapy (NICU-MT).

Jamie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western Michigan University, and a Master of Music with a concentration in Music Therapy, from the University of Georgia. She completed her graduate research studying music therapy and its effects on children with sensory processing disorder. Jamie completed her internship working with exceptional children in the Fulton County Schools Music Therapy Department in metro Atlanta. Jamie specializes in autism and other neurologic conditions. In addition to teaching and treating, she actively consults with parents, therapists, allied health, and therapeutic and educational programs across the country.

Jamie serves on the Ethics Board for the American Music Therapy Association, and serves as Government Relations Co-Chair for the Southeastern Region of the AMTA. She serves as Reimbursement Chair for the Music Therapy Association of Georgia, having previously served as Treasurer for the organization from 2007 – 2012.  Jamie also serves on the Georgia state task forceand the Georgia Secretary of State appointed Music Therapy Advisory Committee.

Jamie is an accomplished vocalist, and comes to Atlanta after having performed for several years in New York City and Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.

Check out some of Jamie’s work over on the blog!