As parents, we all want to support and nurture our children’s talents and interests. If your child has shown an interest in singing or you believe it’s something they would benefit from, you may be wondering how you can help them along their musical journey. The good news is that singing is a skill that can be learned by anyone!
Richard Fink IV, a 3x Guinness World Record holder and “World’s learning vocal coach” (The Wall Street Journal) says, “If you can speak, you can sing.” It’s a statement that holds a lot of truth, especially for young aspiring singers. While some people believe that singing well is something you must be born with, the reality is that we all have the ability to do it. It’s not about genetics; it’s about how we learn to use and play our vocal instrument.
Imagine a doctor examining your child’s throat with an X-ray machine. Without hearing their voice, the doctor wouldn’t be able to determine if they speak with a certain accent, can sing in tune, or belt out “high” notes just by looking at it. These aspects of singing are behavioral traits, not genetic predispositions. Our voice is shaped by the influences around us, such as the voices we hear and mimic when first trying to speak and sing at home, on the radio, from friends and neighbors, and at school or church. This means that your child’s singing potential is not predetermined; it can be developed through the right training and practice.
Encouraging your homeschooler to learn how to sing brings a multitude of benefits, regardless of whether or not they aspire to become a professional singer. It cultivates self-expression, confidence, communication skills, cognitive abilities, stress relief, social connections, and a broader appreciation for music and diverse cultures. Simply put, singing can be a fulfilling and enjoyable lifelong pursuit.
So, what can you do as a parent to help your child learn how to sing?
Helping Your Child Learn To Sing Through Science
The first step is to show that you believe in their potential and to encourage them to explore their voice. To help, share this video about the mechanics of the voice, so that they can understand how their instrument, their voice, actually works.
HOW YOUR VOICE WORKS
Approaching singing from a scientific and biological perspective helps to demystify the illusion that they must have some sort of “gift” in order to be able to sing or be “better” than their peers in order to pursue something that they enjoy.
By gaining this understanding, they can begin to formulate new positive and constructive concepts toward building self-confidence and becoming the best singer they can be. With your love and guidance, your child can unlock the true potential of their voice and discover the power of self-expression through singing.
The Vocal Gym And Homeschool Planet
We are happy to announce our new partnership with The Vocal Gym. Take a science based approach to singing using The Vocal Gym integrated lesson plans, now available in our Lesson Plan Marketplace.