Welcome to Choir!

WELCOME to the Kettle Moraine High School Vocal Music Department!
We are thrilled you have chosen choir as part of your high school journey! We look forward to getting to know each of you and working with every unique voice. Mr. Jaeger and Ms. Schwingle are dedicated to the music education of each and every choir member, and to the excellence of the choir as a whole.  We believe that by working together as a well disciplined, dedicated ensemble, we can achieve great things and experience the joy of music making.   We are looking forward to a great year!
                                                            CHORAL HANDBOOK

Did you know that singing in a choir has psychological and physical benefits? Here is a summary of recent research aimed at the social and physical effects of singing in a choir: 

Strengthens feelings of togetherness and improves feelings of social well-being
Research led by psychologist Nick Stewart of Bath University indicates that people who participate in a choir enjoy a greater feeling of togetherness and being part of a collective endeavor than others involved in different social activities. The researchers compared three groups of people, one of which was engaged in choral singing, the other solo singing, and the third was made up of members of team sports. Stewart’s study also found that participants in choral singing reported a higher rate of social well-being than solo singers. 

Regulates heart rate
Researchers discovered that members of a choir saw their heart rates beat in unison in relation to the speed of their breathing. Heart rates were directly affected by the melody of the music, and the pulses of those tested rose and fell at the same time when they sang in a group. The study was based on 15, 18-year-old participants tested by University of Gothenburg researchers. Reducing the variability of your heart rate has a positive impact on your health. It was also suggested that the ability of choral singing to regulate a nerve responsible for emotions and communication with others strengthens the feeling of cooperation. 

Reduces stress levels and depression
A number of studies have pointed to the mental health benefits of singing. One study lasting for a year involving participants who had been diagnosed with depression found that some of them no longer met that diagnosis following their involvement with a choir. Other studies have pointed to the impact group singing has on boosting oxytocin levels, which help control stress and anxiety.

And if, after reading all that, you are still not sure or think you are just not good enough, then check this out:  According to a 2005 study, even if the quality of singing produced is “mediocre,” emotional, social and cognitive benefits still result, proving that there really is a prize just for actively participating! So welcome to choir!  Please read all of the information contained in the choral handbook and know that we are looking forward to an exciting 2018-2019 year of music!

Ms. Jennifer Schwingle and Mr. Todd Jaeger 
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