We call it “Therapeutic Karaoke”!
We work with senior facilities, Nursing homes, Drug/Alcohol rehabs, dual diagnosis, and special needs to name a few.
Karaoke is a powerful tool with amazing healing benefits to help heal the body and mind
When Case Entertainment first began doing Karaoke as a volunteer in the recovery community, we quickly realized the healing potential karaoke provided to the patients. As we watched people open up and beam with joy, we also saw them grow in their recovery.
Karaoke is all about atmosphere
The environment we create is one of trust, encouragement, and acceptance – everyone is free to express themselves. This isn’t about auditioning for the “The Voice” or even being a great singer; it is about opening up, having fun, facing fears, and growing as a person. We do many group songs where clients can ease into the experience by singing with others.
Karaoke is all about community and culture
Singing is a part of almost every culture and it’s important that we nurture that essential human connection. With more people than ever pulling away from social events and connecting via social media instead of in-person, it’s important that we celebrate as a community to rebuild these vital social interactions.
Case Entertainment shares over two decades of experience in recovery and personal growth with all of its clients. Our passion for uplifting others is truly our life’s purpose, and we are grateful to share it with you.
Contact us with any questions you may have.
Thank you, James Case
Karaoke: (noun) a form of entertainment, in which people take turns singing popular songs into a microphone over prerecorded backing tracks.
Health Benefits of Karaoke
Karaoke has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins. Researchers are beginning to discover is that singing is like an infusion of the perfect tranquilizer, the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirits. The elation may come from endorphins, a hormone released by singing, which is associated with feelings of pleasure. Or it might be from oxytocin, another hormone released during singing, which has been found to alleviate anxiety and stress. Oxytocin also enhances feelings of trust and bonding, which may explain why still more studies have found that singing lessens feelings of depression and loneliness.
(Loersch, Chris; Arbuckle, Nathan L Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 105(5), Nov 2013, 777-798.
Improved Respiratory Health:
Doctors believe that singing is valuable aerobic exercise, encouraging better posture and deeper breathing. The active process of singing is excellent for the promotion of the development of healthy respiratory functioning through the exercise of the lungs, diaphragm, and abdominal muscles, and the increased airflow and subsequent oxygenation of the blood reduces the “stress hormone” (cortisol) levels. In populations with high exposure to cigarette smoke or other inhaled toxins, Therapeutic Karaoke is a fun way to clear out those windpipes while belting out some time-tested party classics. (Wade, 2002; Clift & Hancox, 2001)
Therapeutic Karaoke in groups facilitates quick bonding with new friends. One of the unexpected health benefits of singing is that it can improve your social life. In an Oxford study, it was discovered that singing “breaks the ice better than the other activities [and] brings a group together quickly,” giving a boost to the emotional closeness reported between research participants. The bonds formed when singing with others can be profound, as there’s a level of intimacy naturally involved.
Several studies have concluded that singers and musicians typically have higher IQs than non-musicians. Therapeutic Karaoke can improve your overall brain function and help you think a little clearer. New research involving hundreds of students in Chicago and Los Angeles public schools has found disadvantaged children who learn to sing, show not only improved neural function but also enhanced learning abilities over time. These disadvantage children share similar childhoods to many of those in the recovery community.
Therapeutic Karaoke increases empathy and understanding between cultures. Singing can help us to feel connected to all of humanity, even across cultural divides. Singing songs that originated from other cultures can give us a new appreciation for those cultures and help us empathize with others. Furthermore, music has been shown to activate many areas of the brain, including the circuit that helps us to understand what others are thinking and feeling and to predict how they might behave—a social skill scientists call “theory of mind,” which is linked to empathy.
Gives an Oxytocin Boost:
Oxytocin is a neuropeptide affiliated with breastfeeding and is known to play an important role in increasing bonding and trust between people. Now researchers are discovering that singing may affect oxytocin levels in the body. In a study with humans, singing for 30 minutes was shown to significantly raise oxytocin levels in both amateur and professional singers, regardless of how happy or unhappy the experience made them. A similar boost in oxytocin was shown in participants who listened to music, which is beneficial to everyone participating in Therapeutic Karaoke.
Increases Coordination and Cooperation with Others:
For much of human history, the only way to experience music was live—there were no recordings allowing us to share music outside of performance. Since music had to involve contact with others (e.g. coming together for a concert), it provided a net of physical and psychological safety that may have helped our early ancestors—and may still help us—to survive. Performing group karaoke involves coordinating our efforts, to produce a pleasing sound. According to researchers, when we try to synch with others musically (keeping the beat or harmonizing, for example) we tend to feel positive social feelings towards those with whom we’re synchronizing with, even if that person is not visible to us or not in the same room. Though it’s unclear exactly why that happens, coordinating movement with another person is linked to the release of pleasure chemicals (endorphins) in the brain, which may explain why we get those positive, warm feelings when we make music together.
Stage fright is a common feeling for new singers. However, performing well and receiving praise from your friends and family may be the key to eventually overcoming your fears and boosting your self-confidence. With time, you may even find it easier to present any type of material in front of a group with poise and good presentation skills.
Good for Your Heart: Therapeutic Karaoke demands some pretty specific patterns in your breathing. It's not entirely unlike yoga: You take bigger, slower breaths, and in the process, your heart rate typically begins to slow. Both yoga and singing are thought to help improve what's known as heart rate variability, a measure of the amount of time between heartbeats, according to a small 2013 study. The research, rather surprisingly, also found that as members of a choir sang together, their heart rates started to sync up too, perhaps further bolstering that social connection factor of group singing. This would apply to Therapeutic Karaoke as well.
Improved Spiritual Contact:
Singing is a form of meditation. When singing in Therapeutic Karaoke, we shift focus and thinking away from our usual life happenings and concerns, towards something other-worldly. Singing allows us to bypass the ego and acknowledge our soul. Singing helps us to let go, just as in other forms of meditation.