Center for
Lifelong Music Making
Why Sing?


Improves mood and boosts vitality

  • Increases oxytocin—a hormone connected with bonding and intimacy (Dr. Christina Grape)
  • Pumps endorphins—neurotransmitters that inhibit pain and produce euphoria (Dr. Robin Dunbar)
  • Creates a greater sense of well-being for choral singers than for solo singers or team sports players (Dr. Nick Stewart)

Develops the brain

  • Improves executive function—the part of the brain responsible for reasoning, problem solving, creativity, flexibility, self-control, and focus (Dr. Adele Diamond)
  • Improves the brain’s sound processing area—that allows children to match sounds to letters earlier, read at a higher level, and focus in noisy environments (Dr. Nina Kraus)
  • Prevents and remediates dyslexia—a reading disorder due to a poor sense of beat and rhythm in the brain (Dr. Usha Goswami)

Improves IQ

Builds communication skills

Raises reading and math achievement

  • Repeatedly singing and reading songs using software increases reading achievement 1 year (avg.) in 13.5 hours (Dr. Susan Homan)
  • Displaying subtitles on T.V. for musicals dramatically raises literacy rates for national language Hindi in India (Dr. Brij Kothari)
  • Singing folk songs and playing singing games that practice reading and math skills raises achievement (Affirming Parallel Concepts—Dr. Elizabeth B. Olson)

Helps to learn a foreign language

Promotes health

  • Boosts IgA—a disease-fighting protein (Dr. Rob Beck)
  • Singing and playing instruments boosts IgA more than listening (Dr. Dawn Kuhn)


 Contact:  Ann Kay, Director 
Center for Lifelong Music Making