What Would John Doe Do? – Beginner Voice Lessons
A Question from Renee in New Orleans
My question is a little weird maybe but……who cares. My 7 year old son, who happens to be a HUGE fan of yours and got to meet you here in New Orleans a couple of years ago at an in-store, LOVES to sing. He sings everything & all the time and has a pretty good voice. He goes to an arts based school here and we have had teachers tell us what a great singing voice he has (he sang in a local rest. with some musician friends of ours recently). So, my question, when do you think it is too early or just the right time to start with voice lessons? Obviously I know it’s different for each kid and I haven’t really talked to him about it but just wanted to get your thoughts.
Thanks for answering all these questions on so many varied topics! You’re the best and COME BACK TO NEW ORLEANS SOON! PLEASE!!! =)
Renée Borie Blanche
Covenant House New Orleans
What Would John Doe Do?
As a parent, I think you already know the answer to yr question. You give the kid an opportunity to do something he/she might enjoy & make sure that in the earliest stages, it remains fun. I wouldn’t say “OK, ‘Bobby’ we’re going to singing lessons today & every Thursday for the rest of your life, so get in the car!”
You might talk to a teacher that someone at his school knows & recommends. Then see what kind of a vibe you get from the teacher & go from there. There should be a small commitment from the kid; maybe try it for three lessons & if there’s no connection then let him wait.
If he’s going to sing, he’ll do it regardless of lessons or no; but lessons can teach better mechanics & technique.
best of luck, I hope this helps, and as always, thanks for writing.
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