Traditional vocal training relies heavily on the students ability to understand abstract concepts. Children are concrete thinkers and regardless of their maturity level, they won’t grasp abstract concepts until about 12 years old. Around this age, you can expect a traditional approach to voice lessons. For that reason, some voice instructors will not accept a student until this age.
But you are in luck…
The instructors here at Elizabeth Farrell Music approach this differently. We know your child loves to sing, and instead of turning them away, we will work with them at their level. We’ve seen too many times, children who have taken lessons from unqualified instructors or just sing all day on their own, resulting in the development of bad habits and poor technique which damages their voices. We don’t want this to happen and that’s why we teachers who specialize in working with students as young as 6 years old who can effectively instruct and coach in a way that develops age appropriate skills and steer kids away from hurtful habits.
If you have a young singer, but would prefer waiting, you also have an amazing option to set them up for future success, by starting with an instrument like piano. Children can begin playing strings or piano very young and they will naturally be training their ears, while learning musicianship, note reading and more. A widely overlooked skill for singers, believe it or not, is reading music! With this approach, you can assure your student will learn all the skills associated with music reading that puts them at a huge advantage as a musician as they get older. Many singers opt for voice and instrumental lessons combined in a 45 or 60 minute lesson time. It’s quite a coveted skill to play and sing at the same time!