WHY SHOULD CHILDREN SING?
Because they do it naturally and joyously! The Children’s Choir normally meets during the sermon of the first service and includes children from age 6-10. They perform on various occasions during the morning worship services.
There are many other supported by simple observation and years of study. Today there are more people – adults and children – singing than doing any other performing art. Choral singing in particular advances many of the positive qualities associated with success in both school and life.
In a 2009 survey by Chorus America, they found that children who sing in choruses have academic success and valuable life skills.
Several of the study’s major findings for young singers include:
The majority of parents surveyed believe multiple skills increased after their child joined a chorus. Seventy-one percent say their child has become more self-confident, 70% say their child’s self-discipline has improved, and 69% state their child’s memory skills have improved.
More than 80% of educators surveyed—across multiple academic disciplines—agree with parent assessments that choir participation can enhance numerous aspects of a child’s social development and academic success. Educators also observe that children who sing are better participants in group activities, have better emotional expression, and exhibit better emotional management.
Ninety percent of educators believe singing in a choir can keep some students engaged in school who might otherwise be lost—this is particularly true of educators (94%) who describe the ethnicity of their schools as diverse.
Children who participate in a chorus get significantly better grades than children who have never sung in a choir. Forty-five percent of parents whose children sing state their child receives “all or mostly A’s” in mathematics (vs. 38% of non-choir parents) and 54% get “all or mostly A’s” in English and other language arts classes (vs. 43%).