When I was in college I was told that we absolutely don't do private voice lessons until the student is at least 14. Why? Because it's unsafe for their voice.
That was it. All the information I was given on working with young singers.
So that's where this series begins- my series on teaching young singers.
Looking back, the advice I was given doesn't make sense. My kids sang as soon as they could make noise. And they continued to sing - quite loudly - all through their childhood. So why in the world would we not encourage that?
I teach singers as young as 7 or 8. I even have one 4-year-old. The way I approach singing with them is very different from the way I approach older singers.
I'm going to tell you all about my strategies for teaching young singers but before I do that, let me tell you why I feel so strongly that this is important work.
Musical training physically develops the left side of the brain known to be involved in language processing!
Musical training allows children to develop their confidence as they learn and develop a new skill. (Why would we put that off?)
Music involves listening skills and helps to develop auditory functioning and processing in the brain!
Stay tuned for more on this topic which I feel so strongly about!
(In case you couldn't tell lol)