Sing for your wellbeing

Sing for your wellbeing

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week. Launched by the charity Place2Be, Children’s Mental Health Week aims to shine a spotlight on the importance of children’s mental health.

At Sound Pop Academy, we’re really passionate about protecting and supporting our young singers and their wellbeing. With that in mind, and to help spread the word about Children’s Mental Health Week, we thought we’d use this week as an opportunity to talk about some of the wellbeing benefits of singing in a group.

Singing and connection

The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is ‘Let’s Connect’. It focuses on the importance of connecting with others in healthy and rewarding ways. And it got us thinking about the magical ways singing in a group helps us build connections with others.

But why does singing help us connect? Well, our brains are constantly releasing chemicals to help regulate our emotions. One of the main chemicals released by our brains is oxytocin, or the ‘love hormone’. Usually, this chemical is released when we feel bonded together. But research has found that singing also causes your brain to release oxytocin and can give you an increased sense of inclusion, or connectedness. Pretty cool, right?

Science aside, at Sound Pop Academy, we’re really passionate about providing a safe space for our members to come and make friends. But don’t just take our word for it. At the end of last year, we ran a survey for our members and found that 80% of our Little Sound Pop Academy members (aged 6 to 8) and 88% of our Sound Pop Academy members (aged 9 to 17) had made a new friend by attending sessions. We also found that 100% of our Sound Pop Academy members felt welcome at sessions, which we are particularly proud of!

 

Other wellbeing benefits 

Singing is not only great for building connections. It supports young people’s wellbeing in loads of other ways too. Here are our top 5 ways singing supports young people’s mental health:

It gets you moving

Okay, well technically singing doesn’t get you moving… But our Sound Pop Academy sessions are always packed full of loads of movement. We do a physical warmup at every session, teach fun, high-energy choreography to all the songs we learn and play lots of games too!

It improves mood

Not only does singing release oxytocin, it also releases ‘feel-good’ chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins (which are also released when you exercise) help boost happiness levels and are associated with stress reduction.

It builds confidence

Singing in a group is a great way of stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Our Sound Pop Academy sessions are always positive and we offer our members lots of confidence-building opportunities like performances and auditions.

It provides a sense of achievement

We love watching the pride on our members’ faces when they nail a harmony, get to grips with a tricky bit of choreography or come together and put on a spectacular performance. And research has shown that feeling a sense of accomplishment (or feeling proud of yourself) positively supports wellbeing.

It’s a purposeful activity

Having a meaningful and enjoyable hobby is a great way for young people to spend their free time. All of our Sound Pop Academy members are connected by their enthusiasm for singing and dancing and we love providing a space for them to come and be themselves.

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Know a young person that loves to sing, dance or perform? You can book a free trial for Little Sound Pop Academy or Sound Pop Academy on our website at any time.

Public Workshops

We run incredible public workshops throughout the year for young people aged 5-17! Tickets for our public workshops tend to go quickly, so be sure to keep checking back for new events if we’re sold out.