Child Singing Basics

January 20, 2014 |

Child Singing Basics

 

How Singing is Important for Children

Singing is a highly valued skill for anyone to have. Children especially are the ones who can really benefit a whole lot from this seemingly common skill. This is because children who grow up around music have been known to turn out to be well-rounded and well-developed individuals.

Developing a love for music at an early age especially has a lot of advantages. Here are some of the main advantages to a child singing.

 

Singing Skills 

The first one is quite obvious. Children who learn how to sing at an early age have more time to master the craft, so to speak. If ever your child does have a great voice and he or she starts singing early on, it could be a great advantage in the future if he or she decides to pursue singing as a career. Singing constantly will really help develop and better this skill.

 

Imagination and Creativity Enhanced from Singing

Singing also inspires creativity through songwriting. Many little singers also invent their own songs while practicing their singing. This is a great way for a child to really get their creative juices flowing and to bring out the songwriter in them. Music can take your child to whole other worlds and really bring out the artistic side in him or her.

 

Your child Singing and Language Development 

Singing is a fantastic way of also improving your child’s language skills. Communication to others is the core of music, and singing really taps into that aspect. Not only can singing help better develop the technicalities of language such as grammar, spelling, diction and the like, but singing can really encourage your child to become more comfortable in communicating with other people in general.

 

Interpersonal Development through Child Singing

Singing can definitely help your child foster a much better attitude towards others and the world around him or her. That will lead to better interpersonal relationships with others and it can also help your child develop a better understanding or other cultures and backgrounds as well. Singing in groups such as choirs or camps, in particular, can really help mold a good sense of community through music.

 

Child Singing and Confidence

Singing can really help provide children with an outlet for emotional release that they may not be able to express otherwise. Singing can be quite cathartic and children who may be shy or introverted can definitely benefit from the liberating effect that singing has to offer. Singing in recitals, plays, and the like can also help develop a better sense of self confidence and self-esteem which would certainly be useful in all aspects of life.

 

How early should a child start singing?

There is no set and “exact” age for a child to start singing. In fact, it is more likely that a child will just spontaneously start singing once they feel like it. Learning how to sing does not have an age limit. A child singing from a early age will most certainly go a long way to ensure that your child will get the maximum benefits that singing has to offer.

 

Types of Singing

There are all sorts of types and styles of singing and this is exactly the same for child singing.. In terms of the purpose that your child has in singing, it can be divided into two – singing for fun and singing professionally.

 

Your Child Singing for Fun

Anyone can sing for fun. Even individuals who do not exactly have a great singing voice can just spontaneously bust out singing anywhere and anytime. Children sing for fun during playtime, during camping trips, during gatherings, while walking on their way home, and generally whenever they are happy.

Singing for fun is free. There is no fee to be paid to be able to spontaneously burst into song anywhere. Singing for fun entails singing for the simple reason that it brings joy and amusement to you as well as others. Many would say a child singing for fun is the best way to be!

 

Professional Child Singing

Singing professionally, on the other hand, is another matter altogether. A child singing professionally really requires a different level of conviction and dedication (not to mention talent and a drop of luck!). Much like a sport, singing is something that requires almost all of your time in training and the like. Singing professionally may entail major decisions such as choosing a school for singers specifically rather than to attend university or college.

If you and your child decide to pursue singing, it requires full focus and commitment since anything less than that may not produce the results that you may want to achieve.

 

Costs Involved with Child Singing

Singing is an immensely fun activity for your child to engage in. However, it can become a little less fun when finances come into play. If you are truly serious in getting your child some singing skills at a young age, it may be important to factor in the various activities (and their expenses) that will be of help in training your child’s talent.

Here are some of the main things that you will have to dole out some money on if you are really serious in pursuing a singing career with your child.

 

Singing Lessons

If you want your child to be intensively trained in singing, then one of the best things that you can do is to enroll him or her in singing lessons. Here, you will be able to entrust the growth and development of your child’s singing skills to a well-trained professional and you can be sure that your child is in good hands.

In selecting a good voice coach to train your child, you would do well to look for a professionally-trained teacher, perhaps with a degree in the subject or someone with considerable background experience.

You can expect to pay anywhere from $20 to more than $100 per hour or per session for such lessons, depending on the coach as well as the location of the studio. This is because you can expect to pay more for more trained coaches, and usually, teachers in cities and urban areas tend to charge more than those who live in the country.

 

Transportation

Transportation is essential to factor into the equation most especially if the lessons that your child will be getting is to be held somewhere far from home. Even the cheapest fare to and from such lessons can definitely add up and become a weighty financial issue.

The best thing for you to do would be to find a good vocal coach for your child nearby instead of travelling to lessons. Child singing can involve ALOT of dedicated travel time!

 

Materials

Voice lessons usually come with books and various materials which can be used to study or review. Of course, there is always an option of borrowing or buying 2nd hand materials such as those. However, voice lessons are dynamic so as to keep the lessons relevant and up to date. That means that they change a lot, and you may want to consider things as if you were to buy a whole new set of materials for a serious music student.

For materials, you should expect to spend anything around $50-$200.

 

Recitals

One of the other main things that you should keep in mind in planning your finances as well is that there could be recitals involved. Recitals are not free in most cases, unfortunately, so you should also anticipate the cost of your child attending one. Sometimes, recitals can be small little showcases meant for the parents and family of the students only, but at times, these recitals can really be put into motion for a larger audiences as well.

Depending on the scale of the event, you should expect to dish out somewhere around $5-$200.

 

Basic Tips for Child Singers

 

Learn the basics

If you want to really become the very best child singer that you can be, you should first lay a good foundation down. This is by making sure that you understand the most basic singing techniques and styles. Once you have familiarized yourself with the different techniques, genres, and the like, it is then when you can start improvising and creating  unique sound that represents you as an artist.

 

Take care of your voice

This is of course a given. Your voice is your instrument, so make sure to take good care of it. Part and parcel of this caring for your voice also include eating well and living a healthy lifestyle. It may seem like a lot of work, but in the larger scale of things, doing this will not only improve your voice, but it will also affect your overall health positively as well.

 

Practice, practice, practice!

Practice makes perfect. This is pretty much a rule that can be applied to singing. A lot of hard work and practice will definitely pay off in the long run!

 

Don’t give up!

There are all sorts of technicalities and the like when it comes to singing. However, the one most important thing that you can do in pursuance of your singing career is to never give up. On the road to success, there can be many roadblocks, but you will see that once yo overcome them, they will only make you that much stronger!

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