Singing to your health in the new year

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By Alexis Piscatello

Christmas might have put you in the mood for singing but don’t stop the melody in the new year.

Danielle Hethcox, a math tutor who volunteers at Fort Knox, said she sings during Christmas because she knows all the words to the Christmas hymns.

“It’s almost more socially acceptable to sing during the holidays,” she said. “People are generally more positive.”

Singing does invoke positive feelings in us, but there are health aspects to singing, as well.

“I enjoy singing because it calms my nerves and allows me to express my feelings,” said Lois Piscatello, a student who sings in the Classical Christian Choir of Central Kentucky. 

A study by Patricia Preston-Roberts, certified music therapist in New York City, linked singing with a lower heart rate, decreased blood pressure and reduced stress.

Several other studies have found singing also enhances immunity and well-being. One, conducted at the University of Frankfurt in Germany, found choral members had higher levels of immunoglobulin A and cortisol -markers of enhanced immunity - after they sang Mozart's "Requiem” than they did before. The same people simply listening to the “Requiem” did not receive these benefits.

Fortunately, there are opportunities to sing in Hardin County.

The Elizabethtown Area Sacred Community Choir is one opportunity for teens and adults no matter their level of experience they. Last year was TEASCC’s 10th anniversary and the choir performed favorites from their past performances. In January, the TEASCC choir began practicing their repertoire. They practiced every Sunday afternoon until the concert in March. 

Those looking for a new learning experience or way to spend time with their family and friends might consider getting involved in the choral community.

In fact, some might consider it a New Year’s resolution. After all, it is for your health.

Alexis Piscatello is a senior who is home schooled.