Children’s Singing Lessons

 

The benefits of singing lessons for children

The key focus for primary aged children is to foster their love of singing from the very first lesson and to facilitate the development of a healthy self-esteem and confidence in their ability to sing.

Teachers at Melbourne Voiceworks are positive, patient and supportive, enabling students to learn at their own pace and experience the true joy of singing in a relaxed and nurturing environment.

How music can extend outside of its own domain and assist cognitive function

Many researchers have linked music studies to improved cognitive function, academic performance and increased IQ. Due to the neuroplasticity (adaptability) of young brains, young children have an exceptional ability to pick up concepts quickly and with ease.

Learning music has been proven in many studies to enhance a child’s learning in areas outside of music, giving them transferrable skills that can be applied in other aspects of life and learning. Dr. Mark Tramo, assistant professor of neurology at Harvard University Medical school reports that ‘music performance involves many cognitive, perceptual and motor skills. These skills can be transferred to different kinds of intellectual activities.’

Music speeds up the development of speech and reading skills, increases focus and attention, and enhances auditory processing.

Lesson structure

Melbourne Voiceworks assists students in developing key concepts such as the ability to sing in time, sing in tune (to pitch the correct notes), and how to utilise the breath to best assist the voice and basic vocal health techniques that are important in supporting the longevity of our miraculous but irreplaceable human instrument.

Children will be guided though warm-ups, scales & arpeggios, technical exercises and songs appropriate to their age, taste and technical ability.

Music theory component

Music theory provides an important foundation to every instrument, including the voice. Melbourne Voiceworks encourages a fun, interactive approach to theory and uses tactile methods to facilitate a students’ proficiency in reading and understanding basic music notation.

Students do not require any prior knowledge of music theory concepts, as we will take each student through everything they need to know at a pace that is appropriate to the child.

Practice guidelines for children taking singing lessons

In the early stages of learning to sing, it is strongly encouraged that parents be involved in assisting their child’s development of a regular practice regime from the time of their first lesson.

A regular practice rejime is key in assisting students with their progress, and will ultimately play an important role in building confidence, and ensure continued satisfaction and enjoyment of music and singing.