Does your child love to sing? If so, it may be time to consider investing in singing lessons.
While singing lessons offer them a great way to improve their natural talent, you may wonder what you can do to support their singing goals as a parent. Some tips that will help you do this can be found here.
Remain Positive and Keep Encouraging Your Child
Children want the opportunity to live up to the qualities expected of them. If you tell your child you are proud of them for taking singing lessons or let them know the new song they are working on sounds “amazing,” it will probably make their entire week. If you are overly critical or harsh with your feedback, it may cause your child to quit singing completely.
Encourage Proper Speaking Habits
What you call “the voice” comprises different tissues and muscles that work together to create a sound. While they may seem resilient for adults, these can be damaged easily in children. In some cases, the damage is temporary, but in other situations, it is permanent. It’s a good idea to ensure your child exercises healthy and proper speaking habits. These include:
No belting or straining (unless a specialist is using this as a training tool)
No vocal fry (this is a sound that imitates popcorn popping)
You can listen for swelling in their vocal folds. Symptoms of this include roughness, breathiness, or an uneven vocal tone. You can also request that your child uses “low voice” mode for a few days.
Give Your Child a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet is different for everyone. It should support their singing and include non-dairy fluids for adequate hydration. Adding raw vegetables and different fruits is also recommended, which can help reduce inflammation in the vocal cords and nearby tissues. Fish helps with concentration and focus.
Help Your Child by Practicing at Home
Sit with your child, evaluate their schedule, and plan their practice sessions. You don’t have to make these very long; just 15 minutes daily is enough. However, you do need to make sure these are done daily. You can set a timer and encourage them to warm up with lip bubbles or humming. You can also get your child to sing the song they are working on – in privacy if they prefer. It’s not unusual for children to feel self-conscious when starting out, so giving them some space can be helpful.
Go to Live Music Events Together
A lot of music your kid will experience will be through a tablet or phone. Consider taking your child to a live music event. You can discuss it together and keep things fun and interesting.
Experiencing the Joy of Music with Your Child
If you want to encourage your child to continue taking and enjoying their music lessons, use the tips here. This will help them develop a love of music for the rest of their lives.