Children learn from an early age using what they see, hear, taste, feel and touch as learning opportunities. In fact, even babies begin learning tunes by mimicking sounds and tones they hear. When babies are exposed to music early and learn to carry a good tune at that age, they grow up being better at using their voices. If you’re thinking of getting your child trained formally, use these tips to find the best singing lessons for kids:
Look for a ‘fun’ way to learn.
Singing lessons for kids, particularly young ones should be fun and enjoyable. Music can be a wonderful experience; if it becomes too much of a chore, the student might lose interest right away. Most schools will offer individual or group classes. Groups are usually wonderful learning environments for your child, allowing him or her to interact and work with other children. Individual lessons, on the other hand, offer less distractions and let the student focus on developing his own personal voice. Ask your child which type of environment he prefers. If he likes his class, he will learn quite well.
Look for a school or instructor that teaches a specific genre of music.
If your child prefers classical music, there are teachers who offer classes that focus on this genre. There are also teachers who teach singing lessons to help children sing a variety of music from classical to pop to jazz. When looking for singing lessons for kids, make sure to choose a school that offers lessons from certified music instructors. These people are trained not just in teaching music but also in recognizing and nurturing talent. Try to observe a session to see for yourself how the instructor interacts with the students. You may also bring your child with you so he can experience the teaching style of a potential music teacher. If he’s comfortable and/or excited, it may be a good fit for his learning style and personality.
Lessons for kids younger than 9 may be different from those used for older kids.
Younger kids are usually trained to ‘hear’ and recognize music — notes, scales and rhythm. Older kids will often be introduced to refining vocal techniques. Often, teachers will wait for young male students to undergo the voice change that occurs during puberty before they are taught lessons that focus on vocalizations and other techniques. This is so that the student is able to maximize his new potential and not waste time and effort on a vocal ability that may later change anyway.
Have your child join a singing group.
Singing lessons for kids don’t always have to consist of formal lessons. Your child could still get quality training from singing groups such as your local children’s choir or musical theater. These groups often have a dedicated trainer that teaches the kids basic techniques in singing. Because singing performances tend to undergo regular practice sessions, your child learns to hone his or her voice. The fact that these groups also perform will also help your child to refine their vocal expression skills in front of an audience.