14 Nov Music connects us all – The importance of actively engaging with a truly universal language
Everyone engages with music each day, and most of the time aren’t aware of it as a conscious part of life. In our daily lives music is there, through supermarkets, radios, shops and pubs, restaurants, cinemas, and theatre. The list is extensive, with many people unaware of the benefits of actively engaging with music beyond simply listening to it. Music creates a whole other world, just lying-in wait to change lives and inspire social creativity.Music should be an integral part of education and accessible for all. It continues to be seen as a subject not worth the time and effort by people who are unaware of the impact it has. Not only in an educational setting, but socially and culturally as well. Music has big connections with Maths through musical mathematical patterns. It’s also very interesting to learn about the science behind sound such as how sound waves work to create what we hear as music. It is only when people start to engage with music making or theory in some form, do they realise the deeper impact it can have on their lives, even unconsciously. Music is a universal language that can connect millions, no matter the distance and differences between them. The benefits of engaging with music-making has been proven time and time again to improve mental health. It’s an opportunity for people to engage socially when they otherwise might not be able to, it can help bring even the shiest person out of their shell and gives them confidence and reassurance of themselves. Music breaks down generational barriers and is a source of comfort for many in difficult times. It’s a source of passion and enjoyment, The People’s Show Choir and our other ensembles aims to serve our communities by bringing joy to our members through the music we play and sing.
Terry Street is one of our choir members, with lots of experience in choirs over the years, singing with our show choir based in Sutton Coldfield. “I would fully recommend TPSC because I’ve sang for about 20 years in different choirs. I think they have the best musical directors who do proper warmups with the choir, some really good coaching [helps us get the best out of a rehearsal]”, Terry explains. “Having our practice tracks online is super useful so we can do individual practice at home and then getting to perform with a full orchestra on stage creates an absolutely fantastic sound.”Maureen Dacey is another of our choir members, very much enjoying singing with her friends in our West Bromwich show choir. “What I like about The People’s Show Choir is that you get a friendly welcome when you join, then it’s like being in a family, we have fun and help each other. You just can’t wait to go to rehearsals and after singing you are on a feel good high.” Our members are our lifeblood and through mutual connections we inspire each other through our music and vibrant concerts. We exist for their sake and seeing first-hand the positive outlook they gain from participating in music-making makes our involvement all the more worthwhile to continue for all music lovers.