There is something about singing in a group of people that makes the experience of singing better. Taking solo voice lessons for years and even working on my own vocal repertoire, I always love finding opportunities to sing with others. Even now, one of the highlights of my week is rehearsals for a group that I sing in.
So, what are the other benefits of being in a group? There are a lot, and they all help us become better musicians and better singers, all while we're enjoying the interaction with others and singing our favorite songs!
Learning New Songs and Styles You May Not Have Considered
In the group class that I teach on Tuesdays, I had a girl bring in a song that she absolutely loved. Neither myself nor the other girls had heard it before, but as soon as I played through it and they sang, we all loved it! It was by an artist that we hadn't heard of, and was a song that we wouldn't have heard otherwise. While in private lessons you work on the songs that are good for you and you like, group lessons takes the whole into account. You are able to expand what you like by just putting your foot in, and who knows? Maybe you will end up jumping in!
Learning to Blend Your Voice
Your voice is a unique instrument that sounds like no one else's, and that is exactly what a good voice teacher cultivates. But learning how to use your voice with everyone else's is a great skill that also helps us as soloists and with any other type of singing that we might do.
Learning to Be A Better Musician
Timing and harmonies are two of the trickiest aspects of music in general, and especially in singing, where we are our own instruments. Group singing is the best way imaginable to learn these skills. While a teacher can harmonize with you, when you really know your part and you are in sync with others you're singing with, that thrill is one of the best ones out there, and definitely one of the reason that I always come back to groups.
Learning About Friendship
One of the most important things in our lives is the people that we interact with, and what is music without other people to perform it for or with? Studies have shown that singing in groups not only helps us form better bonds of friendship (I have seen this multiple times with kids who would never have met otherwise!) but also lowers stress levels and makes our hearts begin to beat in sync. What an amazing way to end a school day!