21 11, 2015

Get Emotionally Connected Through Music

By |2015-11-21T10:09:25-05:00November 21st, 2015|

Music invokes a number of feelings depending on the rhythm, tone and lyrics of a song. Have you ever notice that whatever is your mood, you pick music that matches it. If you are anxious, you might pick something that is likely to calm your nerves. If you are angry, you will pick a song that will invoke your anger. If you are happy or in love, you might pick a romantic song. Music will invoke your feelings. Breakthrough Performance Workshop offers classes to help you explore your feelings through singing.

According to studies, playing classical music to your baby will make him or her smarter. The classical music also gives the baby comfort and is soothing, especially if the baby is fussy. Pediatricians recommend you not play rock music or anything with harsh sounds because they could harm the baby’s ears and make the baby upset.

It’s not an accident that children learn to read with Cat in the Hat. Dr. Seuss books rhyme and have a sing-song tone. You sound more like you are singing the book than you are reading it, but children learn best through the rhymes. In fact, listen to children’s music, and you will find that the songs teach letters, numbers, science, history and more through songs.

Why Is Music So Important to Learning?

Learning happens when we are emotionally connected. Music allows us to become emotionally connected to our bodies and spirit and mind. You don’t stop learning after leaving school. Adults can learn about themselves when they are connected emotionally to music. Finding the right song will allow you to learn about what you are feeling and give you peace of mind. Music will allow you to understand a difficult concept.

Lyrics – It’s the Song, Not the Singer

Each component of a song matters when invoking feelings. Lyrics offer power to the person trying to understand his or her feelings. They invoke big emotions. If you are worried about the bills and problems you are facing, you could listen to Bobby McFarren’s Don’t Worry, Be Happy. His lyrics talk about letting go of your worries. The problems will be resolved. If you want to get closer to God, you might want to sing a song from Church or listen to Gospel music where lyrics sound like a prayer. Before choosing your song, figure out what you are feeling at the moment, then, read lyrics and see the one with words that will support those feelings. You will learn something about yourself.


Tone – Songs Can Tell A lot

Like poetry, music has a tone. Romantic songs have a soft, uplifting tone. You will be happy if you are in love with yourself, a partner or the world. If you have broken up with someone, the romantic song might make you feel lonely or sad. If you want to let the wild rock star to emerge, you probably would pick the music that emits a partying tone. Find out what tone is best for how you are doing at the moment.


Rhythm – Sway to the Music and Get Connected

The rhythm of a song speaks to your body, not your mind. Pay attention to how your body moves to the beat of drum in the music. Slower songs will make your body move slower, more like a river. As the river travels down the slope, your body gets connected to the message the rhythm is invoking. Faster songs require more body movement. If you are having problems, you will want to listen to your body and find the rhythm that will help you work through the problems.


If you are interested in learning more on how music can get you emotionally connected, you should contact Breakthrough Performance Workshop, 805-450-1736.

6 11, 2015

Anyone Can Sing ~ Just Breathe

By |2015-11-06T10:03:35-05:00November 6th, 2015|

When you begin any type of exercise, you are told to warm up your muscles. Most trainers will tell you to start your warm-ups with the breath. You should take deep breaths and gradually add movement to the breath. To be able to sing, you must do the same thing. You must warm up your vocal chords before you begin singing. This will ensure you get the maximum breath to reach the notes you want to sing.


Many people say they can’t sing. However, if you do breathing exercises prior to singing, you will notice a difference in the sound that comes from your mouth. You want to ensure you sing from your abdomen. That will give you the most power as you sing a song. Here are some breathing exercises you can try.


Lie on your back on a firm surface. Lie with your legs out straight. Rest your arms at your sides. Inhale deeply through the nose and exhale. As you exhale, let go of stress. Feel yourself pressing into the floor and make note of your body. Exhale ALL your air by pushing it out through your mouth.


In a slow, controlled manner, inhale through your nose, breathing into your stomach. Imagine a balloon under your hand on your stomach. The balloon travels through your chest to your nose and mouth. You must make sure your balloon is filled first. To be effective, you might want to visualize a string attached to the balloon in the chest and cemented to the floor. Your chest can’t move. Inhale your stomach and fill it completely with air. Continue breathing in and breathe into your chest, allowing it to expand to full capacity.


Exhale, letting the air go slowly through your mouth with your lips pursed. The air should come from the chest first and then the stomach. To help you accomplish this exercise, push out on your stomach muscles while exhaling. Continue to exhale and pushing on your stomach. Eventually, the stomach will begin to pull into your body. Exhale all the air. Do this exercise three to four times minimum but seven to 10 times is best. Then, relax and breathe normally. Try it first thing in the morning. Doing these exercises regularly will give you the power to sing. It has been proven by studies.


Besides helping you to sing, these breathing exercises also reduce your stress, increase your oxygen flow into your blood stream and help to improve your blood pressure. You might even lose weight if coupled with regular exercise.


Breathing is not the only exercise you need to complete to sing properly. You also have to wake up your pelvis and hip areas. You should do hip exercises, such as hula hoop circles of your hips and pelvis tilts of your tailbone. As you sing, you should continue to use your hips and pelvis and exercise them. This will ensure you get the maximum sound.


So, go try these exercises. Then, pick a song you find difficult to sing and see if you can notice a difference.


For more information on how you can start receiving love through song, contact Breakthrough Voice Seminars, 727-350-3881

23 10, 2015

Why is Singing Therapeuric?

By |2015-10-25T12:22:43-04:00October 23rd, 2015|

The fear of speaking in public or performing in public is a common fear that almost everyone has. This fear is second only to dying. You can build your self-confidence in a number of ways, but the most fun is probably through singing. Besides improve your outlook on life, singing also is therapeutic and healthy to do.

According to Time Magazine, group singing has been proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety and elevate endorphins in your brain. Over time, singing changes your brain, making you more relaxed and healthy. It transforms you into a new person with new attitude.

How Does That Happen?

As you sing, vibrations go through you and change your physical and emotional makeup. For those who have done it, group singing has proven exhilarating. When you sing, you take some intimate part of you and share it with a roomful of people. Then, what you hear is harmony. Because of this aspect, group singing is on the rise.

According to Chorus America, 32.5 million American adults sing in choirs, an increase of 10 million just six years ago. They all aren’t singing in church either. More than 270,000 choruses across the country are available, touting every genre of music known.

In Tampa Bay, Breakthrough Voice Seminars is bringing its therapeutic singing workshop to help people feel more confident. The company has been teaching people about the voice and how it helps for more than 20 years. Voice Visionaries and co-owners of the company Tess and Mick Pulver have known for years what science is just now discovering.

What Does Research Say?

Researchers have learned that singing is like a tranquilizer and energy booster all in one. They believe the changes come from endorphins, a hormone released by singing and feelings of pleasure. However, you also release oxytocin, a hormone that eliminates stress and anxiety. Oxytocin builds your feelings of trust and bonding, which might explain why singing lessens feelings of depression and loneliness. If you think about history, stories have always been told through song and dance. Humans have come together for a common purpose in our ancestry. Today, it’s not as dramatic, but our roots remain with us.

Other benefits include:

  • Lower levels of cortisol, a stress indicator
  • Heart rates are slower
  • Contributes to quality of life


You can learn about workshops near you by contacting Tess and Mick Pulver, Breakthrough Voice Seminars, [email protected] or visit http://www.bigembrace.com/events/october-8-week-program-in-st-pete/.

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