Hello. My name is Sabrina Zimmerman. I grew up and live in the city of Niagara Falls, NY. I am a classically trained soprano and have sung in Europe with the Buffalo Choral Arts Society and was a teacher at the Music School of Niagara.  I have given private voice lessons and would love to do that full time. My favorite composer is Mozart and my favorite soprano is the French Coloratura Soprano, Sabine Devieilhe.

I live with my husband and our "children", 3 cats - Musette, Cosette, and Chloe, a dozen parakeets and our guinea pig, Jacques.

To contact me email me at thebrunettecoholic@gmail.com

Good For the Soul,Good For Your Health

"If music be the food of love, sing on til I am fill'd with joy..." - Henry Purcell

Ah, music. It can calm you down, get your adrenaline pumping, even make you feel more "amorous". ;-)

But what most people don't realize is that besides being fun or relaxing to listen to, it can also be very good for your health.

First of all, music has a direct positive effect on the brain. Different aspects of music stimulates different areas of the brain, thus making it a valuable therapeutic or mood-altering tool. Pitch, rhythm, meter and timbre are processed in the prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, and parietal lobe. Rhythm and pitch are processed in the brain's left hemisphere, while melody and timbre are processed in the right. Meter, however, is processed in both. It's no secret that studies have shown that listening to music, singing or playing an instrument increases brain function. But music does much more than just make us smarter. It affects the rest of our bodies as well.

Me right before singing for The Music School of Niagara's Madrigal Event in 2006

There are so many healing benefits that music has on our bodies, but here are just a few:

  1. Reduces stress and anxiety - encourages a relaxation response
  2. Can lower blood pressure
  3. Helps to lessen depression
  4. May help to protect the heart
  5. Can help improve communication abilities for those with autism, speech impediments, and stroke victims
  6. Can help people cope better with anxiety
  7. It can boost the immune system
  8. It can encourage a more optimistic state of mind
  9. It can improve concentration
  10. It can help reduce muscle tension ( I find this to be true when I am singing)
  11. It can help women cope better with pain during labor (REALLY hope this one is true when I am able to have kids!)
  12. It can help those suffering with chronic pain 
  13. It reduces feelings of loneliness and boredom
  14. It can help restore memory - Alzheimers
  15. It can be a useful tool in overcoming drug addiction
  16. It can increase spirituality
  17. It can provide an emotional release

As you can see, there is so much more to music than just notes and rhythm. And though, I've only touched on what music can do just from listening to it, there is a lot more when singing comes into play, which as a trained classical singer, I can tell you it is very much akin to a serious aerobic workout for one...awesome stuff! Music is truly a powerful art form that far exceeds mere entertainment value. It is healing to our bodies, our minds, our souls.

What do you think about music as a healing tool? What music makes you happiest to listen to?