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Musical Notes with Julia: Sing with Us

Dear Residents, Families, and Friends,

This summer, our Kensington Park community has been filled with the sound of singing from our Highlands High Notes Choir, as well as our Woodlands and Groves Music Therapy groups. The Highlands High Notes Choir has begun rehearsing classics such as Blue Skies and Happy Days Are Here Again for our summer program.

Singing, especially in a choir, has always been an important part of my life. I am sure many of you have enjoyed singing in a choir, or maybe singing in the shower or in your car where no one else can hear you! Singing is fun – but what are some other benefits of singing or singing in a group? Researchers continue to investigate the many physical and mental benefits of singing. Recent studies have linked singing with reduced stress, decreased anxiety, increased lung capacity, and improved memory recall. In addition to these benefits, singing with others provides an opportunity for social bonding. Choirs create a space for community, where singers often feel a sense of joy and belonging by making music together. I have met some of my best friends through singing in a choir!

The Washington Post recently highlighted the “Sing With Us” study and research. This study involved 193 choir members including patients, caregivers, and oncologists connected through their shared experiences with cancer. After choir rehearsals, some of the singers provided a saliva sample to researchers investigating how singing affects mood and health. The results of the study showed a relationship between singing in the choir and reduced stress hormones and increased cytokines, proteins that support the body in fighting serious illness (Fancourt et al, 2016). This study is part of an exciting body of research regarding the benefits of singing and group singing experiences.

We are so excited for you to hear all our singing while you are spending time with loved ones this summer at Kensington Park. If you do catch us singing, please feel free to sing along. Even if you don’t like how your singing voice sounds, you can still experience the positive effects of singing!

For more information on music therapy or brain wellness, contact Julia McCarren at JMcCarren@kensingtonsl.com.

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