Sing and win for your school

Sing for Good is calling on more schools to take part in our singing project, with prizes on offer for winning performances!

This isn’t a talent quest or a search for the best voice or school choir. It’s about having fun singing in a group, building friendships, inspiring others and being creative.

There are a number of categories for schools to enter such as Best School Sing, Most Creative School Sing and Best School Choir. The song possibilities are endless!

The winning schools have the chance to win $500-$1000 and percussion instruments to assist their music programs.

So far we have seen a number of talented primary and high school students take on the challenge and get involved with entries from Wantirna College, Eltham College, Latrobe Special Development School and the super cute kids from St. Francis de Sales giving us their rendition of ‘Flashlight’ from Pitch Perfect.

“We sing because it makes us feel good. It gives us a way to express our emotions, and most importantly, it shows who we are.”
– St. Francis de Sales Primary School singers

Check out the rockin’ entry below and let the MAC Boy’s Choir from Eltham College inspire you to grab a buddy, sing a song and have some fun.


Click here to find out more information and enter your school today. Entries close 31 October 2015.

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Mental Health Week: Sing your way to happier you

In recognition of Mental Health Week and World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October we are asking you to take the next step towards acknowledging your own mental health and wellbeing. #mentalhealthbeginswithyou

As the stigma around mental illness reduces, more people are recognising the benefits of participating in activities which create a more positive psychology. And one of the best ways to feel happier, healthier, smarter and more relaxed is by singing! Whether you sing in your car, sing with friends or in the shower, taking five minutes out of your day to sing it out will put you in a better mood both mentally and physically.

When we sing, we create new neural pathways and release oxytocin, the hormone responsible for love and bonding. Singing also fires up the right temporal lobe of the brain and releases endorphins, “feel good” chemicals that trigger fun, enjoyment, happiness and relaxation.

Not only is singing a great way to improve your mental wellbeing, but singing in a choir or group is proven to be an even more valuable resource for those in need. Regularly singing with others in the community allows you to build strong networks and this is especially beneficial for those who don’t have strong family or community supports in their lives.

In recent years I have struggled with depression (2)World Mental Health Day is a global day to raise awareness and advocacy for mental health issues worldwide.

This year WMHD has three objectives:

  • Encourage help seeking behaviour
  • Reduce the stigma associated with mental illness
  • Foster connectivity throughout communities

By simply having a singalong, encouraging others to sing, connecting with the community and raising awareness about mental health you can help achieve these goals and improve you own mental wellbeing.

De-stress your life and do something good. Do it for you and those around you. Join us in song and enter Sing for Good. #dogood #feelgood  #WMHD

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The (G)love ladies continue to climb the leaderboard

A mutual love of karaoke and a background working in mental health inspired our leading Sing for Good entrants The Clinical Notes to take to the stage and have some fun! We decided to find out how this success entry came about, the reason for the (G)love and the hours spent perfecting their love song medley.

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  1. Tell us, how did you form the group The Clinical Notes and what inspired the name?
    This was actually the last thing we came up with – as we were all sitting around the dining table having a meal together.  We were interested to show that we had a clinical background, and we couldn’t resist a good pun!
  2. What is the significance of wearing the Glove?
    Just a bit of silliness really.  We were planning to go all out and wear some glitter but it was all a bit last minute so a glittery glove was as far as we got.  Plus, it adds a clinical dimension to it.
  3. Your performance is smooth and rehearsed. How many hours did it take to get the (G)love Medley ready to shoot?
    Sumitra had the idea one weekend after reading about it in the Big Issue. The following weekend, after many text messages and singing sessions over the telephone we were ready to give it a go. Everyone had a great deal of enthusiasm, and we were lucky to have some help from our friends Gwyn and Lynn.  It was a blast.
  4. What is your favourite song to sing in karaoke?
    How can you make us choose just one???
  5. Working in the mental health sector, what are some of the benefits you feel both physically and mentally when singing in a group?
    All of us have sung in choirs at different times in our lives, and we all enjoy the sense of companionship and camaraderie that it provides.  It is also great to be able to express ourselves in a creative way.  It’s essential to let loose and have a bit of fun!
  6. What do you think the world would be life if everyone sang together (in perfect harmony)?
    We think variety is the spice of life, so an odd note here and there is great.
  7. Besides karaoke and singing, do The Clinical Notes have any other loves?
    Well, we all like lots of different things, but we have a common love of eating!

The Clinical Notes are truly inspiring and have received an outstanding amount of support and donations. We hope this inspire others to add some spice into their life and give it a go!

Watch their entry here and donate or vote to show your support.

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Up close with The Pacific Belles

We get up close and personal with our Sing for Good ambassadors and retro trio The Pacific Belles and ask about their 1940s inspiration, the benefits of group singing and of course, vintage fashion.

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1. Let’s go back to the beginning. How did you all meet and form a retro singing trio?
Betty (Laura Monaghan) came over from Blighty with her love for the era and set up the trio by auditioning for Belles. There is now a fleet of seven Belles, we’re taking over Melbourne!

2. What inspired you to create music from the 1940s and take on persona’s as Betty, Dot and Mabel?
The music is something that appeals to all generations. It’s great to bring back the nostalgia of it’s time when music was used to lift sprits and ladies were ladies. We love the 40s style make up, hair and fashion.

It’s wonderful to have different personas when we perform and be able to take the wigs and costumes off when we go home after a performance. It’s like living a double life!

3. If The Pacific Belles could sing one song for the rest of their life what would it be?
It would definitely be our favourite Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy made famous by our idols The Andrews Sisters.

4. As our ambassadors for Sing for Good and the With One Voice choir program we admire the positive energy that radiates from your singing trio. What are the benefits of singing in a group rather than solo?
Thank you, we believe that singing with others makes you happy and it’s a know fact that it improves you’re mental health. We just love singing in a trio together it gives you strength and confidence, we’ve formed a special bond.

5. What is it like singing and working along-side everyone’s favourite Neighbours star Alan Fletcher?
Alan is a gem, he’s our very own Bing Crosby. He’s so professional and yet so personable at the same time, he brings so much energy and positivity to our projects we just can’t help but adore him!

6. What do you think the world would be like if everyone sang together (in perfect harmony)?
The World would be an incredible place if everyone sang together in perfect harmony; we can at least try to imagine that.

7. We absolutely love your vintage fashion! Where do you source your amazing outfits?
The outfits are very special are’t they. They are made by Vivien of Holloway. We get them from Christine’s on Brunswick Street. She has great 40’s and 50’s fashion.
Help make the world a better place by joining us in song and show your support at Sing for Good #singforgood

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Singclusion becomes a reality

By Eloise Mahoney

Imagine what the world would be like if everyone sang when they talked and danced when they walked. A world where we were all united through the pure joy of music. A world where ‘singclusion’ was actually a word and we all sang in perfect harmony.

Imagine waking up every day and instead of saying ‘Good Morning’ you begin belting out a bit of Wham! before you ‘go-go’ on your merry way. Crazy, I know, but one can only dream!

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This utopian world where music is the universal language is a far-fetched dream for some. Like many, you may have been told you can’t sing. The reality hurts. Trust me, I can barely sing in tune!

And while we may never sound as dreamy as George Michael, we need to stand up and push past the ‘shushes’ from those demanding silence. Absolutely nothing is stopping you from stretching your vocal chords a little further than your shower or car.

One thing I have discovered from opening up my voice is that it’s good for you! Neuroscience has proven time and time again that singing – especially as a group – makes us happier, healthier, smarter and more creative.

Singing releases those little feel good endorphins you get from eating chocolate, but without the unwanted calories. Sounds like a diet for life if you ask me.

Not convinced yet? Let me introduce you to a group of do-gooders who are making the singclusion dream a reality. Playing for Change is a social movement inspiring and connecting everyone through music.  They believe that music and song has the power to break down boundaries and make us more connected globally.

It is the vision of an ideal world, but its working! Just like Michael Jackson sang to Heal the World, Playing for Change are ‘gonna make a change, it feels real good… they’re gonna make a difference, gonna make it right…’ mj
The Playing for Change movement was founded in 2002 by Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke when they hit the streets of America to sing with the soul shakers of the suburbs. Since then, the musical team has grown and they have been tirelessly globetrotting to record a series called “Songs Around The World”. Each musician is welcomed with open arms and hearts into the global music family.

A Playing for Change band was also created as a result of this journey, bringing the greatest musicians together through song. The band members come from all different countries and cultures, but the best part is they all speak the same language: music. It’s real life ‘singclusion’ happening right before our eyes.

“With music we are always working together – the musician and the audience create the shared experience. This is a great foundation to build social change”
– Playing for Change

Playing for Change is in tune with the message we hum for Sing for Good so it seemed fitting they enter our community singing challenge. Their video ‘Cotton Fields’ is an oldie by Huddie Ledbetter from the 1940s being played by Blind Boy Paxton, Luke Winslow King, Esther Rose, Takuya Kuroda and the California Feetwarmers.

It’s a toe-tapping folky performance that is bound to leave you with a smile from ear to ear and feel-good goosebumps all over! Watch the Playing for Change video here and donate or vote to show your support.

Playing for Change Day is taking place on 19 September 2015, where musicians and music lovers can gather together for a global day of action to help bring music into the lives of children and promote positive social change.

The day sees 400+ musical events take places in over 60 countries around the world with money raised go towards providing instruments and music inspiration to today’s youth.  To support the day and get involved check out playingforchange.org

Are you ready to step out of the shower and master the new universal language?

You can also join us in Sing for Good and help us spread the singclusion movement. Simply enter a video, share it with friends and celebrate the power of the voice.

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Marg and daughter unite With One Voice

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For resident Marg Walker, the With One Voice Altona Meadows community choir at Benetas St George’s is more than just an opportunity to sing along to her favourite tunes. Read more in this great article from DPS News.

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Never too late: raise your voice, lift your heart

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Adrift after the loss of her great love, Angela Quigley re-discovered joy and a new community at With One Voice Brisbane.

Read more in this lovely Reader’s Digest article by Hazel Flynn.

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A BIG thank you to all our volunteers

Thank you volunteers

It’s National Volunteer Week and Creativity Australia’s With One Voice family wants to say a big thank you to our 100 volunteers who support and contribute to the community every week.

Without their ongoing support, the With One Voice choirs wouldn’t be able to operate as successfully as it does and for that, we are truly grateful.

Together, our volunteers and other wonderful team members are helping change the world… one voice at a time. Creativity Australia’s aim is to bridge the gap between people experiencing disadvantage and those more fortunate through the neuro-scientific benefits of community singing, choirs and singing projects. We build supportive networks that help people connect to brighter futures.

Coinciding with Volunteering Australia’s motto this year, our team members share the same value: Give Happy, Live Happy.

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