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Truthfully, and somewhat amazingly, most young people can sing in tune by the time they are school age. Although of course some kids have more natural singing talent than others, most can learn to sing in tune and become better with practice. For those who show a keen interest in singing, professional lessons may be a good idea. The goal isn’t to create the next singing music superstar, but simply to help a child hone their natural skill and build their confidence. Learning to sing can be a real confidence booster to children, too.
Before you sing your child up for singing lessons, however, it’s important to take stock of your real reasons for doing so. Do they want to take lessons, or do you want them to? Do you want to sign them up because you think they’ll someday be on the big stage, or is it because they are asking you to sign them up? It’s important to sign your child up for singing lessons for the right reasons. That is, because they want to and they have a genuine interest, not because you want them to.
The right age for children to take singing lessons is difficult to say, as it depends largely on the temperament of the child. Can they take direction? Do they have the attention span for a 30-minute lesson, for example? One thing to consider is that it’s generally not a great idea to sign up a very young child for singing lessons, as it can put too much strain on their young voice. Because of that, many people believe that it is best to wait until the teen years, when the voice is more established and developed.
When the time is right, it’s a good idea to find a teacher who specializes in teaching young people. Things to consider include:
Their teaching experience – Do they have years of experience of teaching, and teaching children in particular?
Their temperament – Are they stoic and strict, or do they take a more relaxed fun approach? One is not necessarily better than the other. It just depends on what your child will best respond to. Some kids prefer to have a teacher who is more friendly and relaxed, whereas other kids will respond better to a teacher who pushes them a little harder and is a little more structured.
Their rate – This is important, of course. Find a teacher whose rates are within your budget, but don’t just go by the number. Find out exactly what you’re getting for that price, and make an informed comparison
Their location – Some teachers will come to your home, and some will have a studio in their own home. Still others will teach from a studio. Which option works best for you?