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Is my child a good singer?

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One child does well on her English exam. It’s easy to figure out she must be good at English. Another child has been picked for the local football team. He’s the next David Beckham. But why is it so tricky to know if children can sing or not?

Now, there are some things to look out for in terms of technical ability, if you’re looking to take the singing further, and we’ll cover that in the next post.

But first, we need to talk about why you would want to assess your child’s singing ability in the first place AND how going against the grain, and understanding that singing doesn’t necessarily mean performing, will help you make that call.

How many times have you heard someone say:

“I know I’m biased, but I really think my little Britney (replace with your superstar’s name) is a good singer”

It’s a statement we hear a lot and one that comes with a bag load of doubt every time it’s muttered.

The point is, it may be true: you may think that your child is good. But you know as well as I do, quite rightly, there isn’t one person on this planet that loves your child quite as much as you do and your self confessed bias is probably more apparent than you think*. As a result, there is a small chance that your view may be a little swayed.

*side note: please do not ever change that bias… it’s beautiful.

Do they need to be good anyway?

We live in a world where a natural next step after witnessing a little bit of back-seat chirping, to and from school, is performing on stage, on a reality TV show in front of millions of people.

It sounds ridiculous, but it’s actually true. And this format is just a scaled up version of entering local talent competitions, and/or any other situation like it… in terms of chucking kids on stage too soon.

This is what often creates the uncertainty over a child’s singing skill. Singing performances can be highly subjective, and it’s hard to know if other people will like what your child sounds like. Which often induces fear and forces the question at the top of this blog post.

And so there’s definite truth in saying that we need to get some distinction between singing and performing. For some reason, singing is an activity where the balance is swayed heavily toward the final destination (the stage or the fame and fortune) and not the experience and enjoyment of the now. Remember that it’s OKAY for singing to remain as something that can be done just for fun.

Although they often walk hand in hand, singing and performing (in front of a crowd) are two very different things and demand two very different training approaches. It’s valuable to remember that one of them brings joy, pretty much exclusively… And the other can be a jungle of fear, judgement and upset.

A chirpy little trill here and there might mean Britney is destined for the bright lights, but then again, it might just mean she likes to make pretty noises. And at the early stages, that’s what really matters.

For example, if a child can smash a few notes on a piano, we wouldn’t automatically throw them up on stage and expect them to knock out some Beethoven. But in singing, this expectancy exists in schools and singing groups as the driver. Don’t get me wrong, at Singfinity we dream BIG but, we also understand that the top of the mountain is reached by taking one step at a time.

Early in a child’s singing journey, if we remove the requirement to perform and focus on the singing, it also removes the expectations and they can enjoy all the benefits of what comes with singing, with very little downside.

Incidentally, if we do this, it’s a lot easier for us to work out if little Britney actually has some chops, or not, too.

Next time: what to do if your child wants to take the fun further! (I’m gonna’ outline what to look out for and how you can help your child take the first step on the singing ladder).

VIDEO: Should Kids Meditate?

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The world is changing, but are our minds changing just as fast? People may think that meditation or mindfulness practice is quite an obscure topic when talking about singing lessons for kids. But what could a more mindful headspace do for children, their creativity, and overall health?Steve speaks with Claire Kelly, operations director of the Mindfulness In Schools Project. Claire discusses why children may want (or need) to start considering meditation and more specifically, mindfulness practice.

We talk about:

2:55 What is mindfulness
5:33 Why do we need mindfulness practice today?
7:38 What is meditation
9:28 What happens to the brain when we meditate?
10:40 Why should kids meditate?
14:25 How to start meditation/mindfulness practice
18:30 how to group teach meditation/mindfulness practice
21:15 How to break the woowoo barrier

Singfinity can change your life.



How Does My Child ‘Make It’ In The Singing World?

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Do you have an aspiring superstar on your hands? If so, what do they really need to get their break in the music industry? In this video, Singfinity founder Steve speaks with LA-based, Internationally renowned, vocal coach Dave Stroud. Dave has worked with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Justin Beiber, and Demi Lovato and so has a really good idea of what is needed to ‘make it.’

During their talk in the picturesque Forest Falls, California, they cover:

0:57 How the VocalizeU Winter Retreat can help singers grow
3:22 What Dave’s music education looked like
4:25 How classical singing is different to pop singing
7:55 How the education systems prioritize vocal education in the states
10:22 Dave explains the 4 main things (or houses) required for supreme vocal development
12:18 Why ‘The Secret’ is a fallacy – you need more than a dream
14:28 How to teach a young singing group in the best way
16:56 How to be a failure

Singfinity can change your life.



VIDEO: Singing Lessons and Vocal Training in Hollywood

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Steve speaks with Ingrid Schnell. Singer, songwriter and artist development coach in Los Angeles. She has worked with artist seen or heard on Disney, Nickelodeon, The Voice, X-Factor, BMG, Hollywood Records etc. He was lucky to sit in on one of Ingrid singing lessons. It was easy to see that she has a serious passion for taking artists to the top… and high expectations to match.

We talk about:

2:17 What young artists need to think about when they take the first step
3:38 It’s not all bright lights… why work ethic is important
6:28 Ingrid’s vocal training toolbox
7:27 Talent is overrated
8:48 Using musicality and harmony singing for group training
10:16 How to make the transition from karaoke singer to artist
12:08 Why Will Smith is awesome

Singfinity can change your life.