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In all cases, we want the best for our kids. That is why you will find a parent teaching their two-year-old how to read and do other complex things. Some parents will go ahead and teach their kids how to play a complex game even when it seems like pulling teeth out, just because we all love our little ones and want to see them develop. Forcing kids to do things before they are ready will be unproductive and can lead to resentment in the child towards the activity. The best thing is to teach them how to be happy, and if you’re trying to get your child integrated with learning how to sing, then it must be approached in a fun, yet structured way. Here are singing lessons for kids that will help you teach them everything they need fundamentally to have great singing voices, without making it seem like work for them at the time (we all know kids just want to have fun, right?).
Remember that everything that your child sees or hears is new to him or her. That means you should start with simple tips and fundamental skills. For a further guide on some of these fundamentals on learning how to sing, then we definitely recommend you go over our in-depth guide here.
Before deciding to climb a mountain, you should start with a hill. That should be taken into account when teaching your child how to sing. Avoid very complex songs and sing simple songs instead. At the moment you are likely asking yourself, “What kinds of songs are considered simple?” A simple song should have two to three pitches, and it should be very short. The lyrics of the song should have minor third intervals which are usually the best for children. The best example of such a song is, “Rain, Rain Go Away….”. Try to sing to them with the child so that a level of inclusion can be established.
With the minor third intervals we learned above, you can combine them and make new simple songs. Once you have made the tunes, you only need to teach your child. You must be patient because it will take a lot of time for your kid to learn the tricks. You can make the song like a game that you play regularly. Add more words as your child masters the words you have created. Act like a conductor and a teacher!
Remember to follow these steps as they come. Once your child knows how to sing your new songs, you can now teach him or her how to raise the pitch and lower it too. This can be done using your hands. Lower your hand and/or raise it while singing. That way, your child will learn how to sing while following your hands. Always make sure you raise or lower your hand when the pitch changes.
This is called the A, B, C of music. You can teach your child how to change the pitch using your whole body. The Solfège are symbols that represent different types of the body. Make sure that the highest pitches signify the head and the lowest pitches appear below the knee. Using the whole body makes singing enjoyable and memorable thus making it easy to teach your child how to sing. Play games like pitch-matching to help perfect this .
This game involves singing single syllables up to the time your child has the power to match them. Look at what your child likes and try to integrate it into the training. Most kids like clocks and they will time themselves on how long they took to match the pitch. You can also decide to involve a few children and play the telephone game where you whisper a tune in one person; the tune is whispered to another one until the last one says it out loud. Though it may not sound the like the initial one, you could have taught your child syllable stresses.
These are songs that echo what the soloist says. If you use this type of training, your child will be forced to sing the same lyrics that you use. You can also use response and call method where the soloist sings, and the respondent sings using a different tone. This is a complex stage, but it is good in training your child how to sing with a rhythm.
You can use a tablet, a phone or any other devices that have some music. Pick a song and listen to it with your child. Later talk about it and discuss it with your child. Get to know what the child likes about the song and what he/she dislikes. That way you will make singing simple and still enjoyable for your child.
While your child is learning, be ready to listen to him or her and join them in their singing. Consistency is key here, and the level of inclusion that a child can feel when you work with them can be great in allowing them to grow musically. Really, we want the child to feel like you encourage their singing and growth. By dedicating yourself to always being attentive and helpful to your child’s needs (not just artistically, but also from a general sense), you will greatly improve the child’s singing prowess in the long run.
Once you have done all the above things, you need a vocal trainer to train you’re child. Because you have been teaching your child how to sing, the vocal trainer will help in moderating the voices and handling high notes without affecting the throat. The training will prevent the vocal cords of your child from being damaged. Furthermore, it’s likely that a trained professional will be able to further develop the child’s singing voice and ultimately improve their craft much more than you were able to – but it’s still fundamentally helpful to have the parent connect with the child musically!
For boys, we also recommend the parent get them started learning falsetto, so that way they can enhance their repertoire down the line. Only do this once the child has been well-integrated into their vocal program!