When I was young, I used to rock in my crib on my hands and knees and rhythmically pound my head against the side panel of the bed; at least this is what I have been told. Perhaps this tendency was used to explain why I turned out the way I did. Many years later, I met a young man who did the same thing as a toddler and I was told by his family that it’s a sign of both intelligence and a musical mind.
How is it, you might ask, that smacking your own head against a hard object is a sign of intelligence? Unfortunately, I don’t have anything concrete to answer this question with. However, haven’t you ever wanted to smack your head against something hard? Perhaps I am the only one who has ever had such an inclination. I digress!
Many young kids can show a remarkable tendency toward music and it will be up to you to decide if they will be ready to try lessons or if you think they should hold off for a bit. Here’s a little guideline to get you pointed in the right direction.
When I am asked about the proper age to begin voice lessons I usually offer the age of 9-years-old as a starting point. Music will require practice and practice will require a degree of personal discipline and motivation. If your 7 year old has begun singing lessons and is keeping with everything the teacher is asking of him, great! To me, 9 is simply a starting point.
Another thought in this regard is that the human voice begins changing as early as 10, to 11 years old. It is a good idea to have some technique in place before this happens. Of course, I have also heard the idea that it’s good to wait until the voice has changed to begin voice lessons. It is my belief that lessons at an early age help institute good vocal habits for a lifetime of healthy singing.
Ultimately, you will know if your child is ready to undertake lessons. I am always very pleased when parents are actively involved in the support of their kids and I encourage them to be so. If you wake up to a pounding emanating from your child’s crib, there may be hope for you still! Do not panic and try to not be too hard on the little one. You can always tell them that this is a two-fold sign of goodness as mentioned here. You can even tell these things to yourself and just allow yourself to imagine the possibilities.
Lastly, if you are ready to take the plunge and allow your child to try lessons, get started with us. As you know, we offer a free trial lesson. To sign up, go to the “Lessons” page of www.DanielForan.com, if you’re reading this post on the website of one of our affiliates, and follow the directions. It really is well worth it!