The Benefits of Singing Lessons
At Melbourne Voiceworks, our primary focus for children is to foster their love of singing from the very first lesson. We strive to continually inspire young vocalists, whilst simultaneously working to instil correct vocal techniques, provide a strong music foundation, and facilitate the development of a healthy self-esteem and confidence.
Staff at Melbourne Voiceworks are vibrant, encouraging, patient, and supportive. We work with children at a pace appropriate to them, enabling them to experience the true joy of singing in a relaxed and nurturing environment.
Music & Cognitive Function
Researchers have linked music studies to improved cognitive function, academic performance and an increase in IQ. Due to the increased 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, providing them with transferrable skills that can be applied to other areas of life and learning. Music speeds up the development of speech and reading skills, increases focus and attention, and enhances auditory processing.
Dr. Mark Tramo, assistant professor of neurology at Harvard University Medical school, reports that "music performance involves many cognitive, perceptual and motor skills." and further reports that "These skills can be transferred to different kinds of intellectual activities."
Staff at Melbourne Voiceworks assist children in developing key concepts such as the ability to sing rhythmically (in time), to sing in tune (sing the correct notes), how to best utilise the breath, and techniques that are geared toward developing, strengthening, and supporting the longevity of the voice.
Children are guided though relevant warm-ups, scales & arpeggios, technical exercises specific to their needs, and songs appropriate to their age, taste and technical ability.
Music theory is an important component to learning any instrument, including the voice. Melbourne Voiceworks encourages a fun, interactive approach to theory, and utilises tactile methods to facilitate a students’ understanding and proficiency in basic music notation.
Students are not required to have any prior knowledge of music theory concepts, as we will take each student through everything they need to know at a pace appropriate to the child.
Practice Guidelines for Children
In the early stages of learning to sing, we strongly encouraged parents to be involved in assisting their child’s development of a regular practice regime from the time of their first lesson.
A regular practice routine is an important part of assisting students in their continued progress and development, and directly impacts their sense of achievement, helps them build confidence in their growing abilities, and ensures continued satisfaction and enjoyment of singing.