Busting the "I Can't Sing I'm Tone Deaf" Myth...

Posted by Robyn Gray on February 16, 2012

Busting the
Sing It Sister! for women who love to sing...


In her article Singing for self-healing, health and wellbeing, Professor Jane W. Davidson, Head of the Department of Music at the University of Western Australia writes:

"Outside of Western practices, group singing is an important social and cultural force. Emergent studies in the area of music therapy and music and health demonstrate that group singing can promote feelings of health and wellbeing. Studies provide evidence of the physiological, cognitive and emotional benefits of group singing for an improved quality of life. Considering the potential for young and old across the lifespan, it is proposed that group singing should be encouraged for all people, without placing demands on music reading skills."

Scientific studies are telling us what cultures in Melanesia, Africa and the Pacific islands instinctively know- singing is a natural uplifting activity for everyone.

These cultures don't use dots and squiggles on paper to make music, they use their ears and voices and everyone joins in.

No one is told they can't sing so everyone learns to sing as easily and naturally as they learn to talk. 

In "advanced" Western cultures singing is not something that most people grow up with as part of their day to day experience.

So many children are told to stop singing and be quiet or told they sound terrible.

Next thing the belief  'I'm tone deaf' or 'I can't sing' leads to people not even having a go and missing out on the many benefits of singing.

A wise man once said "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right."

The fabulous news is that if you can speak, you can sing. You have the equipment and it works!

All you need to add is belief that you can and guidance in how.

With the right guidance you will be singing in no time and wondering why you didn't give it a go sooner.

A Sing it Sister! workshop may be just what you've been looking for. 




    • Lee Hoinville
    • Posted by Lee Hoinville on February 27, 2012
    • I love what you have written! I love to sing and am constantly being frowned upon by my teenage son, so am now limited my sining to when I mow the grass or walk in the bush. Is there anything in the Kempsey NS area please?

    • Robyn Gray
    • Posted by Robyn Gray on February 29, 2012
    • Hi Lee,
      Thanks for your comment, much appreciated!
      Sing it Sister! Workshops are based in Newcastle NSW.
      The closest singing experience to Kempsey I know of that is similar is with Brian Martin who is based in Bellingen.
      There is a Joy of Singing workshop coming up in March and he'll be in Lismore later in March as well.
      Check out BrianMartinMusic.com.au for his contact details and to receive his newsletter with upcoming workshops etc.

      Wishing you many smiles,
      Robyn : )

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