Choral and Instrumental Programs
There is an African saying: “A village without music is a dead place.” Anneliese Messner designs and directs music programs tailored to fit companies’ needs. She offers choral programs as well as individual voice and piano lessons.
Music and meditation have a lot in common. It is most likely that the science of meditation originally developed out of the music of chanting. Several thousand years ago, one of the most important religious practices in India was chanting. Back then people noticed that when they entered into rhythmic chanting, the mind became highly concentrated and focused, automatically blocking out all distractions. They discovered that they could use sound or the breath to produce highly focused mind-states. So singing is a historically proven tool for awakening and transforming consciousness. It is an authentic experience you can have in the real world. Everybody can learn how to sing!
Choral singing has many benefits: a sense of enjoyment and fun, a more positive attitude, a chance to connect with others, a stronger sense of trust and community, better team-working, networking opportunities, more inspiration and creativity at work, less stress, improved well-being and more balance in your life. In the movie Life of Pi, Pi finds a quote in a book, “Singing together boosts the morale.” Too bad he finds this quote in the survival manual when he is all alone on his life boat with a tiger and has nobody to sing with…!
In Europe there is a new trend: company choirs are booming, especially in England, Scandinavia and France. At the company Deloitte in the UK, more than 80% of the employees said they developed a more positive attitude to their working life from taking part in choral and instrumental music programs. Singing involves the body, the mind and the spirit: it can have some of the same effects as exercise, like the release of endorphins and other “happy” chemicals, which give the singer an overall “lifted” feeling and are associated with stress reduction. Singing is also an aerobic activity, meaning it gets more oxygen into the blood for better circulation, which tends to promote a good mood. It lowers blood pressure and heart rate and involves deep breathing, which counteracts anxiety and is a key to meditation and other relaxation techniques.