What Being In A Marching Band…
“Anyone can join the band, but you do have to try out for your uniform, so it does mean there’s a…
You likely know that learning to play an instrument or to sing are linked to playing or singing in performance, right?
But, did you know that learning to play an instrument and to sing and perform as a soloist, in a choir, or a group can make you smarter, that your brain actually changes – in function, activity, and size?
So if you’ve always wanted to belt out a tune, tinkle the ivories, rip a riff, well…carpe diem.
Keep your fingers
/ voice nimble
keep your brain nimble
Fire up your neurotransmitters
fire up your neurons
Neurons are cells within the nervous system that transmit information to other nerve cells, muscle, or gland cells.
Neurotransmitters are chemicals that help electric impulses travel from one neuron to another; messengers that conduct signals across synapses in the central nervous system, essentially allowing you to think, function, focus, sleep, remember, etc.
The left where language and math live
The right where creativity and expression live
Communication between the two hemispheres improves
TRY THIS AT HOME:
Post yourself playing an instrument, or post a clip of your band on TikTok
In the shower, on a street corner, in a car, up a mountain, from a balcony, around a campfire, on a stage, in a choir, by yourself, in tune, out of tune, for your supper…singing is a proven stress reliever.
& Sing fun facts – Sing fun facts – Sing fun facts – Sing fun facts – Sing fun facts – Sing fun facts
Group singing has been around for tens of thousands of years, according to neuroscientist and cognitive psychologist, Daniel Levitin. It was an important communal practice.
Post yourself singing on TikTok or share your favourite “shower song” on our Community page.
It takes years to learn an instrument (learn to sing)
It takes money for lessons
It takes money to buy an instrument
It takes concentration
I’m so busy
You can get great pointers and lessons online
It’s an investment in YOU
There are instrument rental programs
Many communities have donated instrument programs
You can learn so much in a community church, band, choir
Anything worth doing takes time and effort (and yes, sometimes learning music is hard – but great rewards come from sticking with it, and you can find ways to make boring/hard stuff FUN)
Time slips away when you’re making music
You can build friendships that last a lifetime