Voices are free and music is good for us; it helps to soothe, increase focus and diminish aggression. Singing with others develops team skills, respect for others and encourages a sense of belonging and self-esteem. For us at Songbound, a choir isn’t just about sharing in the joy of singing together; it’s also about learning how to integrate yourself fully into a community both as an individual and team-player.
The syllabus themes are chosen by our choir leaders and are designed to address issues relevant to the children’s lives whilst helping to broaden horizons via a view into the wider world. Songbound promotes music from all around the world and the children enjoy singing in a multitude of languages according to the song’s country of origin. To help contextualise the singing, each term is given a theme that relates to that time of year and all songs are chosen accordingly. Syllabus themes in the past have included: peace, friendship, rain and colour. During public festivals such as Diwali, Eid or Christmas, our choir leaders teach the children relevant festive songs to help shared celebration and enjoyment of different beliefs.
In addition to songs taught to them, our children compose their own songs with the help of our choir leaders and visiting song-writing workshop leaders. Composing the lyrics and melodies for these songs provides the children with a deeply personal involvement with the syllabus themes and the unique opportunity of creating something that they can be proud to call their own.