Do you want to know how to increase your studio size and gain more knowledge regarding the aspects of working with children in the private studio?
When teachers welcome pre-adolescent singers to the private studio, there are many advantages for both the teacher and singers, including longer student retention in the studio and better-trained singers (without having to "undo" long-held habits) as they advance through the years.
There are many myths regarding teaching the child singer, and some of the typical ones I have heard are proven to be untrue. In my book Teaching the Child Singer: Pediatric Pedagogy for Ages 5-13, you will gain an in-depth knowledge of the reasons we came to accept these myths and where they may have originated.
The book will also provide voice teachers with an understanding of the many attributes and characteristics regarding the child singer, from physical differences to emotional and cognitive differences.
Children are not mini-adults and need their own pedagogy, not just a pint-sized lesson time.
When you can differentiate between children and adults by creating a specialized curriculum just for your young singers, you can become the go-to teacher in your area for this age group!
Teachers need to learn how to structure the voice lesson so that it is both fun and productive. Confidence in teaching can come from having an excellent method in place. In my book, I lay out a five-step system for achieving integrated and engaging teaching strategies.
I also differentiate three different age and ability levels for progress and advancement. Not all singers come to lessons with the same skill sets and abilities, and the ages and stages of young singer development are outlined so that the teachers can guide their young singers accordingly in growth and progress.
Young children can and must learn how to use vocal exercises for laying a strong foundation in vocal technique. Teaching a fundamental and formative structure of basic skills is necessary for the health and well-being of the growing child singer, and this book is filled with age-appropriate exercises.
Choosing and assigning songs doesn’t have to be a struggle!
One of the biggest challenges I have witnessed from teachers working with young singers is the understanding of choosing inspiring and appropriate song repertoire. It is important to learn how to pick songs with intention while encouraging young singers to discover the wide span of song literature. The key to assigning songs is to keep the young singers inspired and motivated while also encouraging strides in human and vocal development. By learning about art and culture through a variety of song styles, children can gain more empathy for the world around them and become better citizens as they maturate.
The conventional 1:1 model is only one way to grow your studio.
Beyond the foundation of fun tasks cultivated for kids in the private studio, teachers can adapt these strategies in small and large group class settings. Group classes are an excellent introduction to singing and are a great way to foster collaboration. Inspiring children to sing using authentic sounds, easily, can always be a challenge when they are continually saturated with media and adult influences. But, when kids work together in a group setting, they are motivated by their peers. They can find commonality with age-appropriate sounds and techniques - even in an online setting!
In our modern culture of virtual lessons and remote learning, voice teachers can also find tips and ideas for teaching in various settings. Whether face to face, online, in the studio or a classroom, this book is full of ideas to excite and encourage young singers and motivate teachers looking to advance in the art of healthy and beautiful singing.
Personally, I love being in community with knowledgeable voice teachers praising and encouraging young children to take up singing lessons. Babies are born with the ability to communicate and express using the human voice. We can lay a better foundation of healthy and beautiful singing sounds the sooner we start cultivating young children in their musical and vocal skills.
So…are you ready to fill your studio and become a young singer authority? If the answer is yes, this resource could be just what you need!
Order your copy of Teaching the Child Singer: Pediatric Pedagogy for Ages 5-13 today, and join me empowering young singers one lesson at a time!