“Those who wish to sing, always find a song.” Swedish Proverb
A 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute found that musical experiences in childhood can accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills. Children are exposed to and involved with singing from their earliest years in some way or the other. Singing is not something that has to be necessarily done alone. Learning to work together in a group or choir can give children a sense of belonging and can help children make friends.
This is the reason we, at CPSGS, Thirumazhisai, have earmarked a day especially for ‘Sing Along’ for students with their parents and friends. Our kids were bubbling with joy knowing that they were going to sing along with their parents. The excitement of the kids rubbed off on the parents too. The programme started with ELP prayer by Moukthika of ELP2. Teeksha from ELP3 recited a part of Vishnu Sahasranamam. Parents were handed over a book specially made for this day which had songs in English, Hindi, French and Tamil. The students joined their parents in the joyful rendition. Parents were elated and brimming with pride to see their little ones singing the songs by heart with synchronized actions. Parents were also introduced to the lessons taught in the music class like vocal exercises, clap exercises, voice control exercises and so on. Parents were encouraged to try out the vocal exercises assisted by our Music Teacher. The show stopper of the day was the solo performance by a few parents which delighted everyone. The students enthusiastically encouraged their parents as they performed. The positive feedbacks shared by the parents stand testimony to the fact that the Sing Along session had achieved its motive- to strengthen the bond between the students and their parents and to inspire everyone to shed their inhibitions and sing their way to happiness and good health of the mind and body. As a beautiful reminder of the musical day, each student was given an exquisitely handmade rattle as a take away. Signing off on a happy note until the next rendezvous!