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When we think of activities that are good for our health and well-being, singing is not typically the first activity that comes to mind. Our assumptions around what makes us happy and healthy, typically revolving around fitness and nutrition, often make us forget about how important it is to sing music.
Singing is one of the most therapeutic, everyday activities we practice - often without realizing it. We sing along to songs we love on the radio, Youtube, or Spotify playlists; the songs we hear can bring back memories or form a soundtrack to our lives at a given point in time. We join choirs or join in singing at places of worship, many of us even go to karaoke bars to enjoy the thrill of performing songs we love in front of a crowd. Holiday music at Christmastime is a source of joy for many Canadians; belting out our favourite tunes from Broadway musicals can make you feel like a star.
And yet, singing doesn’t get much recognition as a form of recreation because most people don’t consider themselves to be ‘singers’ though they may be singing everyday. Part of the reason is that most people think you have to be ‘good’ at singing to be a singer - if you’re not wildly talented and belting ballads like Mariah Carey, you’re not a singer. Nothing could be further from the truth - if you have a voice, you are certainly capable of being a singer.
Singing is one of the healthiest and joyful activities we can do for little or no cost. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be musically gifted to join the fun - with a voice, and a love of music, we can all be singers. If you happen to be in Calgary, you can find numerous places to develop and share your voice in the community. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of singing and where you can take singing lessons in Calgary.
The Benefits of Singing
There are so many physical and mental health benefits that can be derived from singing regularly. Singing supports our respiratory and vocal functions, helps children develop cognitively from a young age, helps us feel connected to others, and supports our overall mental well being.
Physical Health Benefits of Singing
A regular practice of singing will enable you to develop control of your vocal system. Your voice is deeply connected to your sense of identity and is essential to communicating with others. Singing helps you to become more self-aware of your vocal function and may even compel you to take care of your voice and modulate it with intention. Singing is also an aerobic activity that leads you to having better cardiovascular health. It exercises your lungs and upper body muscles, and contributes to your respiratory health.
Singing Helps Kids Learn
Many moms out there will attest to the importance of getting kids to sing as babies or toddlers. For little ones, singing is fun as there are so many silly songs that provoke laughter and imaginative thought. Singing can calm toddler behaviour especially when it is paired with dance and movement, and is a great activity on a long drive (have your playlist ready!). For small kids, singing helps to develop cognitive ability, and will get your kids learning numbers, letters, animals, and colours long before preschool starts.
Singing Makes us Feel Connected with Others
When we join others in singing, we feel a unique sense of inclusion that comes with the coordination of voices into a single song. Contributing to a chorus or a musical production is exciting and it is wonderful to perform with a large group. So much positive energy is released when people come together for a common goal - when you sing with a group, you will make connections with new people and enjoy musical collaboration.
Other Mental Health Benefits of Singing
Singing also brings significant benefits to your neurological system and helps you feel more connected with community and culture. Singing stimulates connections between your brain areas, as you are harnessing so many of your skills at once: language, rhythm, sound, and emotion. If you sing with others or take lessons, you will develop confidence and a better self-esteem. Singing also helps us connect and express our emotions - it’s therapeutic, in other words, when we are feeling down or want to share our personal experiences with others.
Calgary is one of the most exciting places to learn how to sing. The city is a creative hub for musicians, with strong Country and Blues influences, and many venues where you can enjoy local bands and artists. With so many talented residents, it's perhaps unsurprising you can find so many places to learn music.
Take singing classes at Calgary’s Chinook School of Music, which offers programs for toddlers and kids as well as indie and musical theater. For your inner rock star, find singing classes in the Calgary School of Rock, where you will also find courses in songwriting and rock instrumentation. Musica Academy has musical theatre classes that will awaken your child’s Broadway spirit, while Eden-Smith Music and Calgary Musicworks offer singing classes for students at any stage. The Mount Royal Conservatory is an established music school that offers a variety of musical instrument lessons in addition to voice. The University of Calgary also includes vocal training in its Music Program.
For those looking for a more personal take on singing, a private vocal instructor may be the right option. Sites like Superprof have a fantastic roster of singing teachers that can take a one-to-one approach to helping you develop your voice. Choose an instructor with knowledge and experience in a genre or style of music that appeals to you most for a truly tailored approach. A private vocal instructor can also be a great solution if you have a child who is interested in music, but can’t work around the schedules of local music schools. With the right vocal coach, you should be able to develop a schedule that works for your family.
Check out your options at Superprof today!
Have you thought about beginning singing lessons?
There are currently 11 singing tutors available to give singing lessons in Calgary and the surrounding areas.
The Superprof platform is set up to enable you to contact with the singing teachers that are offering private courses on the platform.
Once your class request has been approved, you can schedule your first lesson with your vocal coach.
There are currently 11 vocal coaches offering private singing courses in Calgary and the surrounding areas.
Take a look at your teacher's personal tutoring advert and choose the singing tutors that correspond to your needs. On Superprof, we have singing instructors covering all levels and styles of singing.
To find a private singing teacher, take a look at their cv to find out more information about their course offering. Our singing instructors cover all levels and styles of singing.
On average singing teachers charge $37 for singing courses in Calgary.
The hourly rates for singing lessons will differ depending on:
97% of our vocal coaches give their first singing lesson for free.
Unlike learning the piano, you won't have to worry about spending a fortune - all you'll need is your voice!
However, in order to optimise your lessons, you may also need to purchase:
Certain accessories and equipment are not obligatory in order for you to sing. Don't hesitate to ask your singing tutor for advice on what accessories you should buy in order to play the music you would like.