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  • Singing Lessons with Kids Advice (Singing Teachers)

    Posted by Melodi Scarsbrook on March 19, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    Hi everyone! I am used to teaching kids and when it comes to singing the advice is generally to make sure you are teaching them healthy/easy way of singing and getting them to sing higher notes in ‘head voice’ rather then using ‘belting’ (or whatever you would prefer to call it). However I am teaching this 10 year old who is an exceptional singer for his age. He sings songs by Adele and Sia by belting the high notes, sometimes up to B5 with ease. I make sure he also uses head voice at times and am constantly checking for any straining, I also make sure he doesn’t sing these more difficult songs for too long. Has anyone come across young singers like this and if so what would they recommend? Thanks 🙂

    Melodi Scarsbrook replied 3 years, 2 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Guest Teacher

    Member
    March 19, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    I’ve definitely experienced this, (both when I was that age, and teaching) I think if he’s not strained then there’s no real problem for now. I think the advice is generally like that – especially for boys – because their voice will change and they have to be much more careful around that time, so if you discourage them from belting when they’re young they won’t push themselves unhealthily later?

    So I’d do some prep for that by giving him the ‘tools’ he might need during the voice change, things like getting him to know the different aspects of his voice and how they feel rather than how they sound because if it’s linked to feeling rather than the specific notes or range based things then when his voice drops he’ll still have the feeling ‘data’ as it were. Hope that helps!

  • Veronica Wakeling

    Member
    March 19, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Great topic. With children I teach for only half hour. 15 MINUTES TECHNICAL BREATHING. No straining of larynx. Vowelisation all 3 disciplines as fun. From there 15 minutes of songs which demonstrate those actions. As they progress more techniques but always as fun. Songs to incorporate the new dynamics as well as the previous.

    • Melodi Scarsbrook

      Member
      March 23, 2021 at 10:54 am

      This is very helpful, thank you.

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