Singing Lessons for Children As a church choir director and community college singing teacher, I am sometimes asked, “ Could you give singing lessons to my child? ” Or, “ Can you teach my child to sing? ” Often, these questions are posed by parents, some hoping to produce the next Broadway child-star! ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2002
Singing Lessons for Children
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  • Owen Wingate
    Music Department, Lake City Community College, Lake City, FL
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Article   |   July 01, 2002
Singing Lessons for Children
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2002, Vol. 12, 17-18. doi:10.1044/vvd12.2.17
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2002, Vol. 12, 17-18. doi:10.1044/vvd12.2.17
As a church choir director and community college singing teacher, I am sometimes asked, “ Could you give singing lessons to my child? ” Or, “ Can you teach my child to sing? ” Often, these questions are posed by parents, some hoping to produce the next Broadway child-star! Adult type voice lessons that attempt to train the child voice to “ sound like an adult ” are out of the question for children. The child voice has not matured and is not strong enough to perform at the adult level. However, I do recommend developmentally appropriate singing lessons for children, because singing is great exercise for the voice and early training provides a foundation for future vocal skill building and introduces the child to musical learning. Children with normal speech and hearing can learn the basics of singing in a way that is not stressful for the young voice.
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