The hidden benefits of music and singing

■ Staff Reports / The valley chronicle Music is everywhere: on the radio, in movies and television shows and as a backdrop when shopping or celebrating milestones. It is an integral part of cultures all over the world and expresses emotions not easily conveyed otherwise. It also provides a sense of community and belonging and can help unite the divided. Remember “We are the world?” Playing musical instruments or singing has a number of benefits. From the earliest days after their birth, children can often be calmed by music when nothing else seems to work. Music helps people work out their feelings and can be uplifting and comforting when people need

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