Singing Lessons For Children (Part 2)
Your child has shown an interest in singing, and you’re wondering if you should sign them up for lessons. You probably have many questions and concerns about what voice lessons would look like for children.
Singing lessons for kids 5 and over, although structured, will have a bit of flexibility as the teacher looks to understand the child’s learning capabilities and musicality. Much of the lesson will be about introducing light singing principals in a fun and playful way. Singing involves a lot of physicality so classes may include gentle stretches and warming up the body, which is always beneficial for healthy singing. Tailored vocal warm ups and exercises, as well as learning suitable vocal repertoire will also be explored by your teacher. It’s important to note that children can be impatient and will want to go straight to the song. You can help manage their expectations by encouraging them to warm up and cool down. Remembering that developing positive vocal behaviors should always be yours and your child’s goal.
As the child gets older, and once again depending on their maturity, posture and breathing technique can be introduced. Introduction to pitch, rhythm, articulation, phrasing, ear training, expression and committing to a lyric can also be explored and taught at various degrees, all whilst keeping it fun and interactive.
Vocal students should consider themselves musicians, not unlike anyone else who is learning a tangible instrument, so it’s important that the student is introduced to general musical concepts and music theory in order to create some solid musical foundations. As their confidence grows and their understanding for lyric intention is developed, new ways to emote, perform and move should also be encouraged. Practice, too, is important, no matter what age. Your teacher should give clear instruction as to what to practice and how long.
It is recommended that any lesson over 30-45 mins for a child under 10 depending on their experience and maturity level, should be considered carefully, as any teacher should want to avoid vocal fatiguing.
Overall parents should understand that lessons for young children should be about enjoyment, communicating, confidence, expression and clear tone without force and that each child has their own unique vocal journey that cannot be rushed or forced.