This week I’m writing the blog specifically for our voice students and their parents- I call it the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of voice lessons. I find that many parents have good intentions when it comes to helping their child become a better singer, but reading through this list will ensure that you’re on the right track!
1) Don’t encourage your child to sing a particular way without consulting your qualified teacher: if something sounds wrong or off when listening to your child sing, ask the teacher about it instead of correcting your child. You may be instructing them to do something that can be harmful their voice.
2) Don’t tell your child they cannot sing well because they don’t sing every note in tune: part of voice lessons as a beginner is learning to sing in tune with a nice tone. So many children who have potential to become great singers were told by a parent that they didn’t sound good when they sang. So if you hear a couple of wonky notes, don’t worry! It takes time to develop intonation.
We are all guilty of these “Don’ts”, so use this as an opportunity to start fresh! Understanding your child’s goals in voice lessons is key to being a supportive parent, and as always, communication with your teacher is a must for success.