Sing it Girls!® is an innovative and interactive group vocal program for female identifying individuals between the ages of 7 and 15, delivered by music therapists.
Grounded in research, this universal program incorporates breath work, vocal exercises, chanting, song creation, group singing, mindfulness practices and discussion. Participants describe experiencing enhanced self-esteem, confidence, peer connection and self-calming techniques.
The problem today is that anxiety is increasingly prevalent amongst children and youth, particularly those who identify as female. Drawing upon their knowledge of youth programming, music therapy, community singing, and mental health, Adrienne Pringle and Cathy Thompson established this research-based program in 2013.
This community singing group is an experiential process with no performance outcomes and is not a choir. Sing it Girls!® is facilitated by music therapists and the participants learn ways to use breathing to help with stressful situations, explore empowering songs and sing together. They also participate in discussions, create new songs, and learn calming strategies that are transferable outside of the program. Many of the young women say they still use the skills they developed in Sing it Girls!® to help regulate their emotions and cope in stressful situations.
“Sing it Girls!® teaches basic skills for singing through vocal warmups, group singing, vocalization, and breathwork and delves into the deeper connection of how this interacts with our bodies and minds. It teaches the use of musicality in connection with expressing or managing challenging situations, in finding calmness and grounding, finding strength and empowerment, and simply to sing for the love of singing.” -Kim, Sing it Girls!® Facilitator Kingston Ontario, Canada
Girls deserve to feel confident in themselves and connected to their peers and community. Self-esteem and self-worth can be nurtured in girls so that they may grow to be confident young women and leaders. This program is designed to focus on building confidence in the girls that participate, thereby minimizing feelings of anxiety, worry and low self-esteem that they encounter in their lives.
Are you a certified music therapist who wants to support the young women in your community? You can purchase the full Sing it Girls!® program!
-Melody, Sing it Girls!® Facilitator East Vancouver, British
Rhonda Hanson from Sing it Girls Halifax is interviewed on the Kids Q The Music Podcast December 2022
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The girls in the Sing it Girls!® groups connect with each other through songs, activities and discussion.
The girls love the group singing component of the program!
The music therapist shares strategies with the girls to help them feel calm and centred to combat anxious thoughts and feelings.
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