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July 11, 2023 - 10:40am

The seven dwarfs had the right idea as they cheerfully sang “heigh-ho” on their way to work in Walt Disney’s classic adaptation of Snow White, according to psychologists.

Singing with work mates reduces stress and makes...

April 23, 2023 - 10:48am

Any music lover may tell you that bopping along to your favorite song is a surefire way to feel better, but a scientific review published in JAMA concludes that music’s...

January 7, 2023 - 2:43pm

Kathleen Hansen has an undergraduate degree in Music Education, a Masters in Music (Conducting), and is working on her Doctorate in Music Education. She explains: "One thing that has been blatantly missing from my education is the idea of how to practice! My major instrument was trumpet, and I...

October 23, 2022 - 11:14am

The human brain is considered by many to be the most complicated thing yet discovered in the universe, so it stands to reason that brain surgery would be one of the most complicated medical procedures. On October 10 in Italy, a patient turned that procedure into an...

August 27, 2021 - 8:19am

Masks especially created for singing. Wristbands signaling comfort with hugs, or closeness. Rethinking the meaning of worship, or...

August 9, 2021 - 10:08am

Would you describe yourself as tone deaf? Do your friends say "I can't sing, I wish I could sing?" Reknown a cappella star, Deke Sharon, is here with a great video to refute that! ...

April 29, 2021 - 8:15pm


Many of us LOVE to sing in groups, but become emotional …or insecure… or just less satisfied when we sing alone. Now, I know that singing alone is certainly different than raising your voice with others – but wouldn’t it be great to experience even just a little more joy while you’re...

December 5, 2020 - 2:02pm

Finding joy in music lessons, jams

These weren’t the piano lessons of my youth. Quite the opposite.

Gone was the septuagenarian teacher crowding me on a...

July 17, 2020 - 12:19pm

This webinar, co-sponsored by Barbershop Harmony Society, Chorus America, National Association of Teachers of Singing, American Choral Directors Association, and Performing Arts Medicine Association, focuses on examples of how singers and singing ensembles are producing their art now, and...

October 1, 2019 - 9:15pm

Forget the Mozart Effect and Baby Einstein, take it easy on acquisitions for your two-year-old’s private library, and don’t fret if your three-year-old hasn’t started violin lessons just yet. The key to unlocking a child’s potential intelligence and happiness may indeed lie in music, but...

July 24, 2019 - 11:01am

...Researchers caution against labeling people as “tone-deaf” or telling them they “can’t sing.” Only a small percentage of people, about one in 20, suffer from true tone-deafness, a condition called amusia. Past studies have found that most bad singers can discern musical notes...

March 2, 2019 - 8:13am

Back in my high school years, my choir director told me—with a tinge of envy—that I had “cords of steel.” I wore that label like a badge of honor, and prided myself on the fact that I was rarely put out of commission by a cold, fatigue, or overuse. Even in college, despite using my voice far...



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