Creative Sparks - Music and the Brain
Singing has never been fashionable it’s too ancient an art form, it's just that singing in groups really does make sense, it's cheap and it's fun.
It is a tradition that rallies the troops, unites the people, the workers, the fighters and survivors, the lovers, the god fearing and the family. Whatever the language, the cause, the trending flavor - singing is central to cultures all around the world and for centuries singing has provided the kind of focus that strengthens and unifies groups of people in support of their beliefs, values, cause and even existence.
It makes sense to provide a space for your team to be singing together, harmonizing together and collaborating musically together as the metaphor for the ongoing teamwork your people do.
So had you already realised that singing is a learned skill and that EVERYONE can sing? This is a logical idea, but in a culture where many of us have been silenced in our youth or we judge ourselves against our idealiSed celebrities, we hold back in fear sometimes with the justification that we just can’t. But in even knowing that, who needs to be a great singer when it is proven that even mediocre singing can reap the mind blowing rewards of singing with out the thunderous applause, fans or you tube viral video clips.
In your workplace why not try something BEFORE the mundane drags on your team’s enthusiasm. The feel good chemicals from exercise, singing and laughing can all recharge and enliven the brain, chemical reservoirs and the body. Before your team becomes snappy, confused, uncooperative and sluggish -‐ finding ways to cost effectively facilitate connection, joy and alert minds is a great alternative.
Scientific research has caught up with this lasting singing phenomena; it affirms the feel good and enjoyable results of singing. Here’s what we’ve learnt...
- increases oxytocin (the trust & generosity hormone)
- releases endorphins (morphine alternative)
‐ increases neuroplasticity (flexibility)
‐ increases blood flow
‐ establishes new neural pathways and sets alight the right temporal lobe and auditory cortex
AND it evens synchronizes the heart beats of your team.
It’s an easy and ongoing way to connect your team. Boost your group with a workshop and some facilitation and your workplace could be a hive of happy singing bees, unified comrades - to the best cause ‐ your business, your teams, your community. At the very least a successful workshop can enliven the group and entertain your guests for the years to follow.
Skill and expertise -‐ Lisa Tui is a singing facilitator with zing, strength and an inspiring voice that captures the heart. In her years as a vocalist, songwriter and stage performer Lisa has also fostered the artistic development of actors, singers, touring songwriters and a thriving number of ‘Bucket list’ singers returning to their love of music. Her ‘Singing with Conviction’ prison programme documentary is often screened on Sundays on TV1. Lisa has worked with people with Parkinson’s, young parents, elders, children and teens.
A mindful teacher and coach Lisa will assist your group to have fun, feel confident and participate whole heartedly. As an NLP master practitioner and HNLP coach Lisa will bring balance to your group with insight and the right kind of guidance for them to harmonize together and amplify what is right about your workplace team.
Lisa Tui: Bio
Lisa Tui (Tainui, Ngati Kahungungu, Ngati-Scottish) has had many professional singing and performance experiences and actively seeks opportunities to learn, study and experience more. She is passionate about empowering education and has studied music pedagogy, NLP and adult education also. Lisa is a NASDA (Music theatre) graduate from C.P.I.T. and she also recently received a Graduate Diploma with an endorsement in Studio teaching from Otago University, Dunedin. She performs regularly, conducts a four part harmony Gospel choir, helps facilitate a songwriters circle and teaches individual singing lessons from her studio. In addition to one to one sessions Lisa facilitates groups learning to sing or enhance their singing.