WHY SHOULD CHILDREN SING?
Because they do it naturally and joyously! But there are many other reasons supported by simple observation and years of study. Today there are more people – adults and children – singing than doing any other performing art. Choral singing in particular advances many of the positive qualities associated with success in both school and life.
In a 2009 survey by Chorus America, they found:
Children who sing in choruses have academic success and valuable life skills.
Several of the study's major findings for young singers include:
-The majority of parents surveyed believe multiple skills increased after their child joined a chorus. Seventy-one percent say their child has become more self-confident, 70% say their child's self-discipline has improved, and 69% state their child's memory skills have improved.
-More than 80% of educators surveyed—across multiple academic disciplines—agree with parent assessments that choir participation can enhance numerous aspects of a child's social development and academic success. Educators also observe that children who sing are better participants in group activities, have better emotional expression, and exhibit better emotional management.
-Ninety percent of educators believe singing in a choir can keep some students engaged in school who might otherwise be lost—this is particularly true of educators (94%) who describe the ethnicity of their schools as diverse.
-Children who participate in a chorus get significantly better grades than children who have never sung in a choir. Forty-five percent of parents whose children sing state their child receives “all or mostly A's” in mathematics (vs. 38% of non-choir parents) and 54% get “all or mostly A's” in English and other language arts classes (vs. 43%).