Singing - the tonic of lifeWritten by Michael Oliphant
Singing - tonic of life
Most people these days would associate singing with popular music they see and hear on radio and tv. This can make you feel like its beyond you , like it's some form of high skill that you need to be born with. A natural talent if you like. In fact singing is much more a part of our everyday lives than you might realize, and it can be a tonic for an improved state of mind and a recipe for stress reduction and better health.
The best example of this is : think about songs that when you hear them on radio make you remember something wonderful in your past. The song that reminds you of your first kiss or when you proposed to your partner, or perhaps just some good times with friends at school or work. You can be sitting all alone feeling sorry for yourself about way life has treated you and a song comes on radio that reminds you of a great time in your life.
I'm sure you have songs that do this to you. Songs that you sing along to in car at top of your voice, ignoring strange looks from other drivers at lights. It can be a form of instant atitude adjustment and will often completely erase effects of a bad day. This effect is multiplied ten fold if you can sing along with a favorite song. For moments when you sing along you get to journey through a personal fantasy, a kind of mental movie of events that you recall related to that song. When you sing along to a CD in car you get to momentarily exit this reality and visit another which is tailor made by you.
There is even a flip side to it. I still find it hard to listen to a particular Led Zeppelin song which I associate with breaking up with my first wife. However, when I do hear it I feel like singing along because it makes me remember how much better things are now than when I was with her. Funny how that works.
If you are sort of person who has a lot of emotional ups and downs in your life then you could try this little trick for a kind of instant pick me up. Make a CD up of about 10 of your favorite songs and keep it with you at all times. Make sure these songs are related to great times in your life. When you are annoyed or upset, or just need a bit of a boost put CD on and play one song at random. Do not play more than one song and resist urge to play same song each time. Playing same song will reprogram you to associate it with your current situation and it will loose it's effect. Then sing your head off! Make sure you are alone and sing from heart. Don't spare horses - just go for it. Make sure you take a good deep breath to start and concentrate on sound of your own voice, not voice of singer in song. This will help you pitch correctly and make you feel like you are a real singer on a stage.
New English Teacher Training Center Offering Free English Courses To NBA Star and His Extended Family For Life.Written by Ryan Thompson
— A new immersion style-certification service for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) has opened this summer in Buenos Aires, Argentina that brings clients an opportunity to gain TEFL certification and a job abroad as they immerse themselves into safest city in Latin America. Called TEFLocal, profit-sharing program is offering free classes to local Argentine native, and NBA Finals champ, Manu Genobili and his family for life. —
“TEFLocal was designed for those who have a love of teaching and travel, or just want a vacation and are not looking to make a commitment to a four-year degree in language,” said Ryan Thompson, program director. “The TEFLocal program can supplement any degree without additional time commitment.” In addition to ITTAO accredited TEFL certification, TEFLocal is first program in America’s offering Cambridge University’s Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT), a Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) certificate. Thompson said program trainers immerse students in culture of Buenos Aires as well as instruct them how to teach English successfully in South America or other parts of world. After comparing other TEFL programs, Thompson, a linguist and native of United States, designed a more comprehensive and less expensive program with other local EFL/ESL professors to fill needs of those wishing to learn about Argentina as well as obtain their certificate.
“All trainers at TEFLocal have lived in Buenos Aires for years and consider Argentina their home, part of our program is to take instruction we give students to succeed globally and apply those skill locally, we show them our city and culture after class ends for day, it’s TEFL with a twist.”
-Martin Garcia, Argentine English Professor and TEFL Trainer.
“TEFL offers skills teachers will need anywhere, not just Argentina. I like Buenos Aires, because there is so much to do, living is so cheap; it’s what Prague was 10 years ago. I have had fun making a difference in local community and learning skills that will set me apart from my peers back in The States, I can’t wait to return to Argentina next summer, that is if I ever leave.”