Can Music Stop Kids from Drinking?

Recent studies have shown us that teens who participate in chorus, band, and orchestra are less likely to abuse alcohol than those who don’t. This is because learning how to sing or play an instrument, especially in a community of other teens, brings new opportunities to teens and provides them with something positive to focus on. When a teen becomes good at singing or playing an instrument, it can drastically increase their sense of self-worth and their confidence. One of the primary reasons teens experiment with drinking is that they have low self-esteem and they don’t have a great sense of self-worth.

Teens also drink because their friends are doing it, often when they are bored. If teens have something to do (like going to choir practice, performing in a concert, or practicing their instrument) they will be too busy to party. When they do celebrate, it will be with the other teens who are performing music with them, and it will be a celebration of their accomplishments. Celebrations like these can usually include adults, and they don’t need to include drinking.

There have been many examples of arts programs throughout the country helping kids and teens at risk for substance abuse. Music is particularly helpful because when a kid plays an instrument or sings to a piece of sheet music, they are using parts of their brain that may remain underdeveloped without music. Not only will they have something positive to focus on, but they will actually improve their brains.

There is a reason why music therapy is used in many rehabilitation treatment centers as a part of an addiction treatment curriculum. This is true of adults as well as teens.

It’s important, though, that you encourage your teen to get help if they are experimenting with alcohol. The sooner they get help for this important issue, the better. Here is a list of resources available to help you and your teen.


4 Reasons to Join the Pioneer Chamber Choir in 2018

Another year has come, and here at the Pioneer Chamber Choir, we are excited! We are always looking for more teens to join the choir. Here are 4 reasons you may want to consider joining up with us this year.

1. You will make new friends.

I can’t tell you how many friendships I’ve seen blossom in the Pioneer Chamber Choir. Practicing together three times a week really bonds people together. Music is also a universal language so you’ll already have something to talk about. You’ll already have a common interest!

2. Singing is healthy.

Not only does singing the correct way help you to have better breathing health and lung health, but the actual act of singing releases oxytocin. This is the chemical that helps to manage anxiety and stress. So you are scientifically less stressed out when you are singing. For many of the students in our Pioneer Chamber Choir, it’s a great way to deal with the stress of their classes.

3. You will learn new languages.

Many of the songs that we sing are in different languages. We sing a lot of songs in Latin, Italian, and French to name a few. This may come in handy, especially for those of you who are taking foreign language classes in school.

4. There is nothing better than performance energy.

Working for countless hours together and then stepping on stage is so rewarding. The adrenaline that comes with performing is amazing. You also realize that you’re having an impact on others through the music you’re making. It’s the most incredible feeling in the world.

So what are you doing? If you are in 9th – 12th grade, come out and join our choir!