There is no doubt about it, we are all born with an innate appreciation of music!
Babies respond to music in the womb, babble and dance to music within their first year and are often taught through song during school.
When should children begin singing lessons?
Children as young as 4 can benefit from voice lessons!
At this age the primary use of the voice changes from basic yelling, crying and babbling to words and longer sentences and the structures used for sound production change along with it, allowing children to learn a variety of skills such as posture, basic breath control, timing and pitch!
Singing lessons can also help develop communication skills, emotional awareness, self-perception, relaxation and social skills.
Children can be taught all of these skills and more in a fun voice lesson through movement, song and games! Check out Rachel Jane Vocal to learn more about singing lessons and book a trial for your little one today!
Is it too late to start singing lessons?
Never! Sure, over time we can build up habits that inhibit our vocal abilities but that's what singing lessons are for! Working with a vocal coach can help break down these habits to make way for new better ones. Voice lessons can be a brilliant outlet for stress, leading to improved mental health, help give your brain a workout by enhancing memory and creating new connections and has even been linked with boosting immunity and lung function! Singing is just as beneficial for adults as it is for children! Struggling to fit voice lessons into your schedule? Check out Rachel Jane Vocal for lessons that come to you!
Perhaps you're a new singing teacher looking for tools to help with starting out in the industry, or maybe you're a veteran singing teacher wanting to shake up your skills or improve your classes.
The best tool for singing teachers is to learn from each other! There aren't many regulations our industry and so it can be easy to feel lost or even the onset of imposter syndrome! To avoid this a strong community of singing teachers is vital not only for our own progress but our students too!
I was delighted to find the website Teachers Pay Teachers as it is a one stop shop for singing worksheets, music theory worksheets and singing lesson plans! Not only that but it is really simple to upload your own materials and get paid by other teachers to share your knowledge, how awesome!
On my TPT page you can find singing lesson plans, flash cards, singing lesson worksheets, singing lesson activities, music theory worksheets and much more!
For some * free singing teacher resources * visit the Rachel Jane Vocal TPT page .
My first singing lesson may have been over 10yrs ago but I still remember the excitement and nerves that came beforehand! With classes resuming next week (don't forget to book your spot!) i'm lucky to have some new students joining our RJV community, so here are some handy hints for your first lesson!
The first lesson is all about your new teacher getting to know your voice and what it needs so if you crack or sing off tune that's actually a good thing! It will help us as teachers figure out how we can help you and what exercises or songs will be best for you to improve!
Below are some of the best ways to get the most out of your first singing lesson!
1) Come in with an open mind!
All voice teachers are different, they may have studied different voice theories or have a different teaching style to your old teacher. Your first lesson is just as much about you getting to know us as it is us getting to know you! Listen to what this new teacher can bring to the table and see if that matches your goals and ambitions.
2) What song should i bring to my first singing lesson?
The song doesn't have to be perfect, a particular style or even be a full song! As teachers we want to hear you when you are most comfortable so bringing something you know well and have fun singing is more important that bringing a difficult song.
3) Come prepared!
The graphic below outlines what to bring to your first lesson, these items will help you get the most out of your lesson and feel comfortable!