The Young Singer: Consideration for Vocal Training in Children Through Adolescence Training the young singer warrants unique consideration for the voice professional. The “ appropriate age ” for a child to begin vocal training is one of the most controversial issues in the singing community. Although most children begin vocalizing at a very young age, singing songs such as “ ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2002
The Young Singer: Consideration for Vocal Training in Children Through Adolescence
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  • Wendy LeBorgne
    The Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis and Rehabiltation
    The Professional Voice Center of Greater Cincinnati
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   July 01, 2002
The Young Singer: Consideration for Vocal Training in Children Through Adolescence
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2002, Vol. 12, 14-16. doi:10.1044/vvd12.2.14
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2002, Vol. 12, 14-16. doi:10.1044/vvd12.2.14
Training the young singer warrants unique consideration for the voice professional. The “ appropriate age ” for a child to begin vocal training is one of the most controversial issues in the singing community. Although most children begin vocalizing at a very young age, singing songs such as “ A, B, Cs ” , “ Happy Birthday ” and “ Paddy Cake, ” it is often a child ’ s exposure to vocal music in a choral situation (church, school, or community) that may spark an interest to further train their instrument. A select group of children and adolescents may pursue a more active singing role in the community or professionally. It is typically this group of young singers who seek professional vocal instruction and are most susceptible to vocal injury. Issues related to physical, emotional, and cognitive development in young singers must be foremost in the mind of the voice professional in order to provide appropriate training and prevent vocal injury.
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