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Is It Safe to Teach Children to Sing?

Vocal coach Chris Beatty answers this question from a concerned mother.

Your Question:

My daughter’s school trains children on musical instruments, which is great. But there’s no systematic voice training because they are afraid of injuring the undeveloped voice. I get that, but can’t a qualified teacher teach a lot of good habits and principles without risking damage? She’s ready to learn and we want her to be encouraged, not held back. Can you help me present my case?

My Answer

I totally understand where people on both sides of this argument are coming from. On one side, parents/teachers are trying to protect the young, not-fully-developed voice. On the other hand, children love singing, shouldn’t they learn the right way? Especially since they will be imitating pop recordings of singers who had lots of electronic help making those sounds.

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