Even if you only sing in the shower, you know that singing provides a real emotional lift. This effect has actually been observed and measured by researchers who found that singing reduces levels of the stress hormone “cortisol” and reduces tension. It has also been found that people who sing in choirs and other singing groups report feelings of increased social support and social confidence. Whether a person belongs to a formal singing group or just breaks into song in a car with fellow passengers, singing together creates a sense of belonging.
And aside from improving mood and thinking ability, singing also enhances breathing ability, which especially benefits those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma. The music therapists at Barclay Friends share their talents on the violin, piano, and guitar, offering both soothing melodies and sing-along classics – music appreciation is an essential element in our quest to Cultivate the Arts and Gardens.
With Faith Woodward, Director of Admissions and Marketing