How to Teach Children to Sing.

Children who learn to sing at an early age can nurture a love of music for a lifetime.

Start with basic notes and tones and then evolve into songs and exercises. Because singing is a technical skill, a professional can help children develop their voices. But even without the help of a professional, children around you can learn to love the art of singing.

Part 1:Teaching the basics

1.Warm up with yawning. Before you start practicing singing, have the children take a deep breath and yawn. This will lengthen the throat to avoid injury at the time of singing
2.Practice breathing. Children need to learn to breathe properly when singing. Do breathing exercises so they understand how to regulate the passage of air at the time of singing.
  • Have the children breathe through their noses and then through their mouths.
  • Encourage them to direct air to the belly and the diaphragm instead of the chest. Ask them to place their hands on their belly and push it forward with air.
  • Have the children count their breath. Ask them to inhale for four seconds and exhale for another four seconds.

3.Find the most comfortable notes. Have the children sing something like “ah” or “there” and find out their natural tone. Use a tuner to measure the pitch of their voice. You can also play some notes on the piano or some other instrument to discover the most comfortable notes for them.

4.Use notes as a basis for exploring scales. When each child has a grade to begin with, start exploring the most common scales. Start with a simple A / B / C scale and use a tape recorder to help. Start from the most comfortable notes for the children and ask them to go up or down the stairs as necessary.    

  • Do not worry if the children do not hit the notes right away. The goal is to begin to get a sense of the tone. The accuracy can be worked on later.

5.Illustrate scales and tones with visuals. Children respond best when they have something visual to illustrate. Raise or lower your hand when they have to move up or down the notes. Also use other parts of the body to teach the Do-Re-Mi scale. For example, place your hands on your knee when they have to sing “C”, then place your hands on your thighs when they have to sing “R” and so on.

Part 2 : Teaching games and routines

1.Illustrate the tone and the chant with the voice. If you can sing well, sing to guide the children about tone and notes. If you are teaching children, sing some songs. If you’ve been teaching your children, incorporate singing into your daily routine. Sing throughout the day and also sing lullabies before they sleep.   

  • If you are not in the habit of singing, get the kids to listen to songs with talented vocalists.
  • If you teach singing, ask your child’s parents to practice with them at home.

2.Start with simple songs. Look for music appropriate to the age of the children and you can even buy books with children’s songs at the nearest bookstore. Children can learn a lot from classics like “Dona Aranha” or “Maria Had a Little Lamb”. These songs have melodies and simple lyrics that can teach the basics.  

  • If you are a parent, download the songs from the internet. Play them in the background while the children are having fun or doing chores so they get used to it.

3.Make jokes with notes. Sing a note and have the children repeat. Keep singing until they get it right. Sing a variety of notes within a scale. This kind of imitation will help children recognize notes and control their voice to achieve them.    

  • It may be helpful to use a tuner to make sure everyone is tuned.
  • To keep kids involved, offer small rewards during play. You can present them with stickers, for example, every time they hit the note.

4.Use call-and-answer music. These songs involve the children in asking them to respond to the notes of who is singing. The singer may repeat the words exactly as they were sung or may add vocalizes, such as “there, there, there”. This can be a great way to teach kids to get more attuned. Many children’s music books teach these songs.

  • There are several examples of songs in the most different styles, but the best known are “Camp Town Races“, “I Met A Bear” and “The Green Grass Grew All Around“.

5.Ask the children to make up the songs. Give the practice a touch of fun and have the kids come up with their own songs. They can sing about magical worlds, everyday chores, delicious foods, and more. They can use known melodies or they can invent their own. This is another way to expose children to music regularly and make them sing naturally in their daily lives.

  • If you are teaching a class, have the children create songs in groups.

Part 3 : Enrolling children in courses and extracurricular activities

1.Enroll the child in extracurricular activities involving singing. Many schools offer extracurricular activities for free, so take the opportunity. If the child’s school has a choir, encourage it to participate. If she can choose the free lessons for each semester, place her in those that involve singing.

  • Activities may not be directly related to singing. Band lessons or musical theory can certainly develop a child’s vocal abilities.

2.Hire a singing teacher. If you can afford it, look for a particular singing teacher. It can be difficult to teach the technical aspects of singing to children if you are not a professional singer. A singing teacher can be extremely valuable for a child to learn to sing.

  • Prefer teachers with experience in teaching singing to children. Children may respond differently to the methods adults follow, so it is best to hire a teacher who knows how to communicate properly with children.

3.Search for courses online. Generally, online courses are cheaper than singing teachers. You can purchase an access to an online course that provides teaching materials. Online courses can also have regular assessments with a teacher through Skype.

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4.Place the child in a coral. See if there are any infant coral groups in your area and enroll the child. If the church has, for example, put the child to participate. By singing with other children and being guided by a professional, the child will surely hone her singing skills.

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