Singing Lessons For Children (Part 1)
If your child has shown an interest in music, is picking up melodies of songs from the radio, YouTube, TikTok or their favorite TV shows or is asking about lessons, it’s important to take the time to explore their fascination. Is it singing they are really interested in, or could it be dancing or even learning an instrument? Remembering that musicality can be expressed in various forms, it’s important to decide which possibility best suits your child’s personality and age. It’s also important to recognize that most children love to sing, regardless of whether you think they are good or not.
When considering singing lessons, it’s also necessary to consider the maturity of the student physically, mentally and emotionally, and whether they are able to concentrate for an extended period of time.
Formal vocal training for children 4 years and under is not recommended in most cases, due to the immaturity of their instruments. Learning to sing also requires focus and commitment as it would if they were learning an instrument, so if you are unsure if your child can commit to some practice time, you may want to consider another musical alternative.
Music Appreciation Classes are a great option as they have the ability to instill a love for music through fun and play. These classes explore a variety of instruments, genres and musical cultural influences and are a great first step to learning how to listen and analyze music. Singing in groups or a choir can also be a great introduction to vocalizing, ear training, and learning lyrics. Learning an instrument is also possible within this age group and should be encouraged.
The ‘starting age’ of singing lessons can be a contentious issue within the industry as it was once common practice to start lessons around puberty. Increase in demand from parents of children with much younger kids, has driven many singing teachers down the path of assessing their students case by case, or auditioning for places in their studios.
Please note, however, that if your young child is studying Song & Dance or is involved in Musicals then it is important to send them to a singing teacher or vocal coach for guidance and tuition so they develop positive vocal behaviors that will keep their instruments healthy long term.
Stay tuned for part 2 of this article, that dives into what these voice lessons might look like and how you can support your child’s vocal journey.