Teaching Singing to Preschoolers Children enjoy singing and may do so at almost any time of the day. They may sing while swinging, while playing on the playground, while playing with toys, or even during quiet time music. Unfortunately, some children may be “shout-singing” or singing in a strained manner. Some children may ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2002
Teaching Singing to Preschoolers
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  • Owen Wingate
    Lake City Community College, Lake City, FL
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Article   |   March 01, 2002
Teaching Singing to Preschoolers
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2002, Vol. 12, 29-30. doi:10.1044/vvd12.1.29
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2002, Vol. 12, 29-30. doi:10.1044/vvd12.1.29
Children enjoy singing and may do so at almost any time of the day. They may sing while swinging, while playing on the playground, while playing with toys, or even during quiet time music. Unfortunately, some children may be “shout-singing” or singing in a strained manner. Some children may have no parent or caregiver whose singing they can model. Most preschoolers who do try to sing produce vocal sounds in a breathy voice or a talking/shouting voice. Music educators and speech-language pathologists should help young children to find their healthiest singing voice. This needs to be accomplished in a playful, child-centered manner that does not impose adult-styled voice lessons. This article highlights some useful methods and resources appropriate for early childhood music educators and speech-language pathologists interested in teaching children to sing and in using singing in treatment sessions.
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