How Singing Supports Children
“Sing to make you feel good today”
© Fischy Music 2017
There is significant scientific evidence that singing, reduces stress, improves immunity and physical health and aids memory and learning.
Songs can also help when life is tough. Most people have special songs that give hope or encouragement in difficult times.
Songs can carry positive messages that really stick with us and remind us that we are not alone.
When we work with children, singing gives them a vocabulary to address issues which explore the challenges they face and their emotional response to them.
We are putting important foundations in place to improve communication, resilience and confidence.
At Fischy Music we believe everyone can sing. We think we’ve got a bit muddled between singing as a ‘professional’ activity (featured on reality shows) and singing as an innate and positive aspect of human culture that people of any age and ability can take part in.
Listen to the experts:
“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.”
(E.Y Harburg, lyricist ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’)
There is clear evidence that singing, as an active and emotional activity, can contribute positively to children’s physical and emotional health.
Skills for life, learning and work can be taught through singing. Therefore, singing is an important contributor to the development of transferable skills across the curriculum.
‘‘… Physical, social, emotional and economic wellbeing have a significant impact on children and young people’s success in school and beyond school.”
‘How good is our school?' 4th Edition (Education Scotland, 2015, p 5)
“There is clear evidence that music serves as a means of mood management in everyday life….”
Hargreaves, DJ., North,AC. (1997) The Functions of Music in Everyday Life: Redefining the Social in Music Psychology cited in The Journal of Psychology of Music, Volume 27, page 71-83, 1999
“Music is a vitally important part of Seasons for Growth and Fischy Music resources strongly support the delivery of the programme. The words in the songs are inspirational and make a real difference in helping children and young people to care for their feelings and develop new coping strategies.”
Moira Sugden, Seasons for Growth Co-ordinator, Scotland
“I have had direct experience of the way in which children using Fischy Music resources have been able to find a voice - and a song - for themselves, to express some of the most difficult experiences in life. This has been both healing and life-affirming for those children."
Jonathan Wood, National Co-ordinator for Place 2B
“Songs… are not composed simply to be listened to for pleasure. They have work to do”.
Elements of Social Organisation 1961 pg 171
“Fischy Music engage children by empowering them to be able to 'do something' in response to events over which they have had no control. You need to be able to self-regulate your physiology before you are able to use your brain to deal with trauma”
David Murray, Educational Psychologist