Melody Mums was originally a relaxed choir for people taking care of children. It was a place where Mums, Dads, Carers, Grandparents or any member of the family could pop along to a session and enjoy themselves while the children played.
I'm a true believer in the power of music and song and its importance in every child's development, especially during their early years. Playing whilst surrounded by music which involves your voice as you sing uplifting, modern songs is a wonderful opportunity you can provide to your little ones.
Melody Mums has now transitioned to 100% online. 'Sing-at-Home Soundbites' are now provided via social media (Instagram and Facebook). These are easy to follow and fit into busy lives with little or no routine. And the best bit... there will be monthly online 'Social Singalongs' coming soon!!! A unique opportunity for you and your little one where you get time to feel good with the health benefits singing brings, as your child has the opportunity to soak up the sounds of the Melody Mums choir!
If you choose to join us for the online social singalong sessions, we are a friendly group, so you can rest assured you will be warmly welcomed with a relaxed approach to group singing. We don't do auditions, harmonies are there if you want to in the tutorials, and we sing without pressure!
The Benefits of
Health Benefits of Singing
Singing is an exhilarating activity; a creative experience that improves mood by producing a hormonal high in the majority of participants. It encourages wellbeing by providing the opportunity for self-expression and is a great way to release emotional and physical tensions.
Physical Benefits of Singing
Singing improves your posture:
To get the best out of your voice you need to be standing or sitting correctly. So with time, good posture will become a habit!
Singing is a workout:
Singing can be an excellent form of exercise, especially postpartum.
Singing strengthens the immune system:
According to research, singing boosts the immune system
Singing helps with sleep:
Experts believe singing can help strengthen throat and palate muscles, which helps stop snoring and sleep apnea.
Psychological & Emotional Benefits of Singing
Singing is a natural anti-depressant:
Singing is known to release endorphins, the feel-good brain chemical.
Singing lowers stress levels:
Singing releases stored muscle tension and decreases the levels of a stress hormone, cortisol, in your bloodstream.
Singing improves mental alertness:
Improved blood circulation and an oxygenated bloodstream allow more oxygen to reach the brain. This improves mental alertness, concentration, and memory.
Social Benefits of Singing
Singing can widen your circle of friends:
There’s a natural level of intimacy involved in singing together, so the bonds you form with those you sing with can be profound.
Singing boosts your confidence:
The cognitive stimulation of learning new music offers a challenging and worthwhile activity, helping to keep the mind active, giving many participants a great sense of achievement.
Singing broadens communication skills:
Brain scans have proven that when we hear singing, the language center in the brain lights up. Singing to babies helps prepare their brains for language. Singing to your child (and with your child when they are able) is also incredible for building the bond between you.
Melody Mums and post-natal depression (PND)
Melody Mums draws on pioneering research carried out in 2016 by Royal College of Music and Imperial College.
The research found weekly engagement in singing classes for women with PND:
Results show that participation in such an intervention can lead to a 41% reduction in symptoms of PND and a recovery in 73% of mothers who take part.
Provides singing 'tools' for calming babies that help mothers feel more in control and capable.
Increases self-esteem and confidence in mothers through the learning of a new skill.
Supports mother-infant bonding, which can be adversely affected by PND. The negative impact can otherwise be detrimental long-term to the health of both mother and child.
Helps women to meet others. This reduces social isolation and enhances social support networks. This is significant in that most treatment pathways generally serve women individually.
Reduces stress and enhances wellbeing.