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  • Developing Children’s Voices (Singing Teachers)

    Posted by Beckie Tunnicliffe on September 21, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Hi everyone! Hope you are all well 🙂

    At the weekend a lot of my young singers took part in a competition, and I received some feedback in that one of the reasons they didn’t get through to the next round is because they sung “like a child” or of their age (7-10 years old), whereas the children of the same age who did do well did so because they have a more “mature” and “grown up” voice.

    I’m not quite sure how to go about this in terms of ‘maturing’ their voice…does anyone have any tips to help with this or is it just a case of the vocal cords will mature as they get older? I’m just asking as I know a few parents will probably approach me about this over the next few weeks for when competition season comes round again next year.

    Eliza Fyfe replied 7 years, 6 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Eliza Fyfe

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    September 21, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Really great question and relevant to what I’m doing at the moment with an 8 year old! She is my youngest at the moment and while I adore her natural, sweet “high larynx” sound, I am trying to get her to practise dropping the larynx (using the yawn) in order to achieve a warmer, deeper tone. She sort of gets it, but finds it weird and funny! I am not too worried about it at this stage, as this will happen naturally as she gets older. I don’t know whether to push it; we are only at the start of lessons so perhaps I’ll see if I can re-introduce this idea in a different song choice. Something jazzy maybe. Would be really interesting to hear other teachers’ views on this!

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