To Sing or Not to Sing, That Is the Question
There are many benefits when it comes to using the voice. Singing can improve reading and verbal skills, helps in learning new languages, raises the IQ levels, makes the memory better, and so much more. Singing in particular has great physical positives too. It’s an aerobic activity that increases blood oxygenation and can improve heart health.
But what if you don’t have a beautiful voice? Is it possible to practice your way to lovely singing? What if you’re “old and tired” as many beginner voice students say in jest?
Many people, old and young alike, underestimate the power of practice when it comes to singing. Science proves that the voice is actually much more like any other hand-played instrument than many seem to think. Even if you can’t physically touch it or see it, it has to be worked and practiced on in order to get better.
In an article by music.mic, the author describes how the voice is comparable to physical instruments. He says, “Singing accurately is a skill that CAN be taught and developed. And that means that even the worst singers among us should just keep singing.”
There is some (exaggerated) truth to the old saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” It true that it’s easier and quicker to teach a child to learn something new than an adult because their young brains absorb the information more adequately and quickly. This is why it is very important for children to gain musical experience while they are young, but older beginners, there’s still PLENTY of hope for you! There is no magical age in which one is simply too late to the game.
Practice makes perfect and the voice has to be practiced, just like any sport. I’ve seen adults (who practice regularly) learn faster than younger students who tend to practice less regularly. In fact, singing and musical practice carries many benefits that lend itself specifically to older generations! Music can help seniors process their thoughts, maintain memories, answer questions, make decisions, and speak clearer. It can help slow the deterioration of speech and language skills, help with stress reduction, inspire movement, and keep us younger longer!
We’d love to help you find your best voice. Until next time, practice pracrice practice!