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Finding the right singing teacher for your child

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If you are looking for a voice teacher for your child, it’s worth bearing in mind that this will be a three-way thing. Any singing teacher worth their salt will know that a good working relationship between you is key for a great learning experience.

For younger children, you might need to be on hand for practice at home and to set up audio equipment for online singing lessons. You will need to ferry your youngster to singing lessons and keep in contact with the teacher about lesson times and reschedules. In short, it’s important you get on.

You’re probably a busy parent with work commitments, other children with a gazillion hobbies between them, also attempting to fit in your own hobbies and interests!  It’s a lot (I know). So to make your life easier, here are some questions to ask a prospective singing teacher: 

Questions to ask singing teachers

What experience do you have working with children? Do you enjoy it?

Vocal coaches and singing teachers will know if they like working with children (not everyone does and that’s okay) and will hopefully tell you on their website if they do or not.  If it’s not clear, ask.

Teaching youngsters is very different from teaching avocational (amateur) adults and professional singers.  You need a good working knowledge of the growing voice and knowledge of suitable repertoire for young voices. You also need knowledge and experience of exam boards and setting appropriate technical goals for children.

Do you have a DBS check?

DBS stands for Disclosure and Barring Service.  It’s a way for employers to check if someone has a criminal record. Anyone working with under 18s or vulnerable adults in a school or college will be DBS checked and it’s a good idea to have one if you work privately.

What are your views on doing exams?

Some teachers are big on exams, some are not, others will be led by the child, parent and their wishes. Exams can be an important and beneficial tool as part of the wider learning picture, but they are not for everyone.  

What are your expectations around practice? 

It is widely agreed that purposeful, targeted practice helps to embed new learning, but let’s be realistic, practice takes time and commitment.  What do you, as a family, have time for and what does the singing teacher expect? Is the teacher able to set manageable practice tasks tailored to your child as an individual, taking into account your other commitments? Take this into account when you’re searching for singing lessons for your child.

Are there group performing opportunities?

Many singing teachers will include a studio recital or annual concert in their offerings. Group work and having performance practice opportunities is an excellent way to develop skills and motivate young singers. 

What style or genre does your child enjoy most?

Ask the singing teacher which genres they teach and whether this matches what your child wants to learn. If your child is a budding Musical Theatre singer and the teacher only works with classical singers, then you will be better served by a teacher who teaches Musical Theatre. Bear in mind that children are freshly new to some styles of music so by working with a teacher on lots of genres, they might discover a new passion!

A music book open on a piano stand with a person pointing to the notes.

Consider your time commitment

It can take at least six months for a new singer to settle in and to start making consistent progress. It takes a bit of time for the singing teacher to get to know how you like to learn and what you enjoy singing.

Vocal coaches and singing teachers with busy studios may reasonably ask for at least a six month commitment to start with. This is a good thing!  It not only means that your child will see consistency in the important early stages, but that the teacher is committed to your child’s progress too.

Singing teachers may offer an ‘initial fit’ or trial session to start off with, so go ahead and book one. This is a great opportunity to help you decide if the teacher is right for your child. 

My words of wisdom?

I’ve been teaching now for nearly twenty years and if there’s one thing I’d say about finding a singing teacher, it’s “do you like the singing teacher?” Do you like the way they run their studio? Do you get good vibes? Good feelings = better learning. Trust your instincts.

Looking for a vocal coach or singing teacher for yourself, not your child? Check out this article. and you’ll be singing in no time!

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Some happy feedback from parents

“ Pippa has varied the lesson content to meet the differing needs of both children and the demands of Musical Theatre and ABRSM, utilising varying technology to support and enhance the musical accompaniment. It has been a joy to listen to the boys.”
A happy parent

“Just wanted to say what a massive difference I’m hearing in Emily’s singing (she sings all the time around the house!). She’s sounding so much better already. You are a miracle worker!” 
Sam, Singing Teacher and mum of a student

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