For years, your house has been filled with the sweet sounds of your child yelling the words to Taylor Swift’s latest album. Just recently, you’ve noticed that little Britney is venturing out though. She’s singing in the supermarket, and it’s becoming apparent that she wants to show the world what she’s about.
The question is, how do you handle this situation? I mean, is she ready? And if so, where do you take her?
From this post, we understand that, despite being treated synonymously, ‘singing’ and ‘performing’ are two very different things. We should remember that, in order to allow our children to enjoy singing, it might be an idea to lay off the performance, at least until they’ve spent some good time living with their instrument.
But now, things just got serious. And you want to know what to do.
Finding a fun, comfortable, group singing environment truly should be the first step. A place where children aren’t thrown onto a stage to sing solo because ‘that’s what you do when you’re a singer’, but more where they learn some new skills and plan a way to climb the singing mountain.
From the singing organisations point of view, the priority should be to support children as they develop stability and confidence… and not to ‘make sure we have a performance to show the parents at the end of term.’ Which can, very often, be the case.
This really isn’t a sales pitch for Singfinity. I will be honest though and say that this is one of the reasons behind why we created the ‘Serenity’ programme. To provide this first step in the ladder for budding young singers.
My child wants to sing solo
It may be obvious, but if your child wants to start performing solo right off the bat and you’re unsure if they’re ready or not, ask a recommended singing teacher for an honest review and training plan.
Sometimes it can feel wrong to blatantly ask for a review, but if your child is planning on taking on the world straight away, being clear at this stage can save a lot of heartache. It will also assist in constructing a training plan to move forward. This can be a more expensive approach than the group training format but is an excellent option if finance allows.
Do remember, if little Britney is demanding to sing solo and she isn’t quite matching the melody on One Direction’s latest track just yet, all is not lost.
Singing is often looked at as something that you’re “born with,” which isn’t strictly true. Contrary to popular belief, mostly always, the ability to use the voice in a way that is socially accepted doesn’t come naturally.
‘Britters’ doesn’t need to be able to do EVERYTHING right now, but if she invests the time, energy and passion, she’ll reap rewards in the long term.
Next time: my child wants a career in singing. What do I do?