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Title: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Donna on March 08, 2010, 12:50:13 pm
OK.  I have debated posting on this topic, but I am now in my "what the hell" mode of thinking.

My daughter LOOOOOOOOOOVES to sing.  I mean, what kid (or little girl) doesn't?   So, in December, I got a pamphlet for a lunch time program called "Music For Lunch" whereby a qualified singing coach / music teacher comes in and teaches the children the very basics of piano and singing.  My husband actually is teaching our daughter the piano part - he has his Grade 8 Royal Conservatory of Music, and he's also a musician, so he is confident enough to teach her what she needs to know to a point. 

I have heard (and believe) that children can be trained to a point, and that it's not a good idea to start training at such a young age ( she is 6 and  a half), but she REALLY wanted to take these lessons, and believe me...I am ALL for nurturing our daughter's interest in this way.  They are practicing "Tomorrow" from "Annie" and "The Ferryman" which I haven't really heard of....no, not the Chris DeBurgh one either.   :D

Thoughts?  Anyone here have kids that have expressed musical interests?  What age did YOU all get the "bug" for music? 

Thanks for reading............. 8)


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Natt on March 08, 2010, 01:29:44 pm
I'm too young for having my own kids of such age, but I can share my story. I always loved singing - ever since I remember myself and even before that, or so my mom says  :) My grandma (whom I still miss every day) played the violin and mom plays the piano so they taught me music and loads of songs. I didn't take music lessons or anything from outside, but at school we had music theory as a compulsory subject which I hated in every fiber of my being. The fact the we had a very passionless (least to say) teacher didn't help it. I continued singing whenever I could - school ensembles etc, but didn't receive professional vocal training until I was 17 and have been studying vocals ever since.


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: nicoli on March 08, 2010, 01:43:06 pm
I actually started singing with the New England Treble Chorus and taking piano lessons privately when I was six, and it did no damage to me. In fact, it was probably the best thing that could have happened to me.

(Although you'll want to watch out for militant chorus masters like Marie Stultz, from the NE Treble Chorus. SCARY LADY. It's good to sort of "audition" your teachers to see who works the best with children, because it's certainly not enough for them to know their stuff and be able to teach.)

If you're looking for a private instructor, make sure they aren't going to jump into music theory from the start. It's something that has to be gradually built up. But as long as they have the capability of teaching music theory, that's what counts.


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: w34vi1 on March 08, 2010, 02:07:44 pm
it all depends on the child really... if i remember right didn't James start singing at a young age :D

It also bears true for parents who send their girls to ballet school at the age of 5 or sports like little league... it just depends on the parents. A good suggestion is middle school aged students. I was a self taught singer (using the styles of others to mold my own style.) with instruments, the Trombone is the only thing i got lessons. Otherwise, Guitar, Piano, Bass and the Set are all self taught. 



Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Natt on March 08, 2010, 02:12:38 pm
If you're looking for a private instructor, make sure they aren't going to jump into music theory from the start. It's something that has to be gradually built up. But as long as they have the capability of teaching music theory, that's what counts.

absolutely agree on this. Jumping into music theory from the start nearly killed the buzz for me


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Donna on March 08, 2010, 02:33:32 pm
@ All  - thanks for sharing, so far.... :)

@ Natt - I agree; Music has to be LOVED.  It has to be a passion that has to be nurtured and nourished in a proper fashion, with a mentor / teacher that shares the passion with you.  My husband is teaching her some theory so that she knows WHERE these notes are coming from; giving names to the notes, the clefs, etc.  I agree with him too...you have to start their understanding of what they are reading somewhere.  Just don't take the "fun" out of the music for them.  That's not a teacher, that's just someone wanting $$$ and not caring for their student.

@ nicoli - I actually called her teacher beginning of January before I enrolled her.  I wanted to talk to her and get a feel for her.  I am totally blessed though.  These kids have a woman who so far, has a passion for singing.  She ensured her own training to me, and I get to see her when I leave Victoria's lunch off at school.  Being a stay at home mom (for now....) has it's advantages.  She only does this once a week for 40 minutes - Wednesdays, and it's until the end of April.  The other "singing" is done on her time.....like the shower!   :D :D :D

@ Ash - (sorry I like using this name for you - it's nicer) - it's GREAT when you are talented enough to teach yourself an instrument.  I WISH I had that kind of capability.  I suppose when Victoria gets older, she may have it as well, but for now, she requires guidance.   I hope she can acquire some kind of self taught talent where she can take an element of music and run with it.  I would be so happy for her!   ;D

Now, I am NOT one of those parents who is like 'GO GO GO!!!  YOU HAVE TO DO THIS!!!"   No way.  Far from it.  BUT....we are teaching her that if she makes the decision to take a lesson, she must follow through with it for the duration....be it 4 weeks, 3 weeks or whatever.  Then after that "term" is over, we let her decide if she wants to continue. 
So she may or may not want to do this again next year in Grade 2.  My guess is she will.

I have also heard it said that you have to be very careful because their little voices are not developed yet.  I think this is totally true. 




Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: w34vi1 on March 08, 2010, 02:56:14 pm
@ All  - thanks for sharing, so far.... :)


@ Ash - (sorry I like using this name for you - it's nicer) - it's GREAT when you are talented enough to teach yourself an instrument.  I WISH I had that kind of capability.  I suppose when Victoria gets older, she may have it as well, but for now, she requires guidance.   I hope she can acquire some kind of self taught talent where she can take an element of music and run with it.  I would be so happy for her!   ;D

Now, I am NOT one of those parents who is like 'GO GO GO!!!  YOU HAVE TO DO THIS!!!"   No way.  Far from it.  BUT....we are teaching her that if she makes the decision to take a lesson, she must follow through with it for the duration....be it 4 weeks, 3 weeks or whatever.  Then after that "term" is over, we let her decide if she wants to continue. 
So she may or may not want to do this again next year in Grade 2.  My guess is she will.

I have also heard it said that you have to be very careful because their little voices are not developed yet.  I think this is totally true. 



w34vi1 is hard to pronounce or type if your not used to it :)

if there is a passion then there will be forward momentum.. that's the only way i can describe it.


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Donna on March 08, 2010, 03:11:22 pm
That goes without saying.  Either you WANT to do something, or you don't.   ;)


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Viola da Voce on March 08, 2010, 05:33:10 pm
I'm a Suzuki violin teacher, and part of the Suzuki philosophy is that it is best to begin musical education as early as possible. Early childhood music classes (without instruments) which explore singing, dancing, and tapping rhythms, can begin for children as young as six months old. The ideal time for many children to begin learning how to play an instrument can be between the ages of three and five. It totally depends on the child and his or her readiness. I myself have started children as young as four years old. I can't speak for singing, since I'm in instrumentalist, but I would guess that your daughter is a good age to begin voice lessons. It sounds like you have a lot of the essential components for success - a child who wants to learn, a caring parent (you), and a wonderful teacher. As long as you and your daughter are enjoying yourselves, you're doing the right thing!


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Donna on March 08, 2010, 09:03:42 pm
That's very kind of you, VdV.  We want more for our daughter to experience.  We want her to realize her love for music; if she does feel this way to begin with in her heart.  And we hope that she uses her God given instrument / talents (be it her voice, or a piano, guitar...etc) her whole life - with a love of making music that moves her and all around her.  With nobody to tell her she can't do it. 

I do realize that you are a WONDERFUL violinist.  I have seen a couple of your vids, and you truly would make me proud if you were my son.   :)  I took violin from grade 5-12, and because of my own stupid pride in high school, I didn't carry it forward to what we called OAC level (getting the Ontario Academic Credit level)  I regret it, and not carrying it forward to this day.  My husband (then fiancee) was the only one to really encourage me.  All others thought this was a past time, and it never occurred to them that when I played my songs by ear in front of the stereo (way back when); I would feel so much at peace.   I would LOVE to go back and take my lessons over again.  My husband bought me an acoustic violin when I was in high school, and I fooled around on it, but after we got married, it kind of died off.  Then, Xmas of 2009, he got me an electric violin  ;D ;D ;D.  I sold my acoustic to a lady who was being taught to play in a full orchestra in Mississauga, Ontario.  I was happy to sell it to her, but it was very bittersweet.  I am happy that it went to someone who will be making wonderful sounds with it though.  I just LOVE fooling around on the electric violin though!  My husband and I "mock jam" - he on his guitar and me on the "muted" violin. LOL!!!  It's rare, but it's fun to do!



Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Viola da Voce on March 09, 2010, 02:58:23 pm
Donna,

It's so cool to find out that you also have played the violin! I think you might have me mixed up with somebody else, though... there aren't any videos of me on the web :)
Anyway, all the best to you and your daughter and your musical future! And let me know if there are any other questions about music lessons that I can answer.


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Donna on March 09, 2010, 03:04:45 pm
Didn't you post some links of yourself playing here?  I thought you did..... ???
Nonetheless...the fact that you reach Suzuki says enough for me.....thanks for the support.... ;D/me slides you down a platter of loaded nachos


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: lutima on March 10, 2010, 03:23:04 am
Ofcourse Victoria loves music, Donna !!! Look at her parents  ;)
I'd say support her in what she really wants....oh wait...that's exactly what you're doing  ;D ;)
Reminds me...a few days back, Max turned up my music and started to sing Wither with a flashlight as a mic  :D it's so awesome to see him enjoy DT's music  :)


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Eva on March 10, 2010, 06:41:56 am
I started singing, playing flute and guitar with only 4 years, and I'm still practising all the three of them beside piano and saxophone. So in my opinion, it is NOT too early for Victoria! Especially when the teacher is a formed person. If you are worried about your daughter's voice I can just give you the advice to control the lead sheets. Children in that young age should NOT sing deeper than "c", because it would hurt the voice. Just listen to her how she sings. It has to sound light and soft, she may not force. If you ever have the feeling that she kind of "presses" the voice stop her immediately to avoid damages of her vocal chords.
I guess with "The Ferryman" you mean the canon: "Who will take us over the river"? It is a good piece to start, because there are no big intervalls and it's easy to sing. I don't know the other song.

Hope this could help you!


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Subu on March 10, 2010, 09:01:14 am
Hey Donna.....of course you want to be careful that Victoria's voice is not overtaxed, but I think it is really important to learn music early.  The most important thing, imho, is the ear training.....when a child learns to **hear** music, they can learn to sing and play it too.  Children her age are literally sponges when it comes to information.....what they learn at this early age will serve them well all their lives.  I have seen countless kids that grew up without any music in their lives until they were in their teens and they simply cannot hear music the same way kids who were exposed early can.  My hubby was a college music prof for quite a while and also noted that students who had early exposure to music did far better in ear training and subsequent music endeavors than those without.  If she loves it, I think it is really wise to let her pursue it.  I think I disagree about not introducing theory....it can be done incrementally and can be an enjoyable part of any music education.  These days in particular, it seems people just want to learn the "fun" parts of any subject and they miss out by not making the effort to attain the tools that allow a deeper understanding......
Just my $0.02....... ;)


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Donna on March 10, 2010, 09:31:49 am
Thanks, Lady - Friends!
Some great insights here - I am happy I started this thread.....
@ Caroline - Yeah, Victoria has a play microphone (Hannah Montana mic) and Glenn gave her a cheap mic that he doesn't use anymore and she keeps it in the car to "pretend" to be a rock star while she sings to the music in the car.  And yeah, Wither is SUPER popular here, but still not as popular as I Walk Beside You.  LOL!!!  She even does that upward "swoop" of the note on the end of "You" on the chorus that James does.  It's hilarious, but we don't laugh in front of her..... ;)
@ Eva - thanks for the advice!  I will let you know if it' the same Ferryman.  She brings her music home today, so I will look at the lyrics and let you know.....I don't normally hear evidence of her straining her voice, but I will be more attentive now....
@ Sue - I agree with you FULLY.  My mom always had the radio on in the house.  Granted, it was Italian music, but anyway....and my brother (whom is 9yrs older than me) played the drums...so music was always on in the house.  That's why I keep the radio on too....so she can "soak it up". 

This is great!   ;D


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: nicoli on March 10, 2010, 01:38:41 pm
I'm picturing Vic being a mini James LaBrie and it's awesome. Yay for kids who like Dream Theater! ::squee::


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: MuumiPeikko on March 10, 2010, 01:46:06 pm
I'm picturing Vic being a mini James LaBrie and it's awesome. Yay for kids who like Dream Theater! ::squee::

Wow, you've got strong imagination! I can't imagine kids with beard like James'. ;D


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: w34vi1 on March 10, 2010, 01:58:54 pm
I'm picturing Vic being a mini James LaBrie and it's awesome. Yay for kids who like Dream Theater! ::squee::

Wow, you've got strong imagination! I can't imagine kids with beard like James'. ;D


 :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D



its like those episodes of George Lopez when he makes his child self have his big head :P


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Donna on March 10, 2010, 02:39:55 pm
I'm picturing Vic being a mini James LaBrie and it's awesome. Yay for kids who like Dream Theater! ::squee::

Wow, you've got strong imagination! I can't imagine kids with beard like James'. ;D

Yeah, well you haven't met my girl yet!   :D :D :D 
She (of course) is into Hannah Montana / Miley Cyrus the most.  (Like most girls her age are....); but her musical tastes so far are more on the "rock" side...she likes her Cha Cha Slide and stuff, but hey...she's only 6 and a half! 
@ nicoli - She likes Demi too - I am thinking I like Demi more as well...I know you mentioned you liked her material too.  She cracks me up on "Sonny With A Chance"!

I actually spoke to her teacher today!   I was waiting at the school and she was coming in before lunch, and I spoke with her.  She tells me that Victoria is always there to put her $0.02 in, and  geez, I wonder who she takes after/????
 :D :D :D  But I asked her how she was doing, and she assured me that they are enjoying their singing lessons VERY much......yay!!!!  Some good news for a change this year!


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: w34vi1 on March 10, 2010, 04:12:36 pm
I'm picturing Vic being a mini James LaBrie and it's awesome. Yay for kids who like Dream Theater! ::squee::

Wow, you've got strong imagination! I can't imagine kids with beard like James'. ;D

Yeah, well you haven't met my girl yet!   :D :D :D 
She (of course) is into Hannah Montana / Miley Cyrus the most.  (Like most girls her age are....); but her musical tastes so far are more on the "rock" side...she likes her Cha Cha Slide and stuff, but hey...she's only 6 and a half! 
@ nicoli - She likes Demi too - I am thinking I like Demi more as well...I know you mentioned you liked her material too.  She cracks me up on "Sonny With A Chance"!

I actually spoke to her teacher today!   I was waiting at the school and she was coming in before lunch, and I spoke with her.  She tells me that Victoria is always there to put her $0.02 in, and  geez, I wonder who she takes after/????
 :D :D :D  But I asked her how she was doing, and she assured me that they are enjoying their singing lessons VERY much......yay!!!!  Some good news for a change this year!

i wish my music exprience while i was in school was as good as hers....

in elementary school music was taken out when i reached 4th grade, middle school our band director was fired my 6th grade year, then i was stuck with the same director from 7th til the second to last semester of High school (I quit band my last semester of high school because of the director and my section) now i'm in college doing the marching band, and while that is fun there is a huge divide of those who are doing that for just the marching and those who are favored because they can afford the time and money to do the other band related things.... its rather sad




Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Viola da Voce on March 10, 2010, 05:14:35 pm
Didn't you post some links of yourself playing here?  I thought you did..... ???
Nonetheless...the fact that you reach Suzuki says enough for me.....thanks for the support.... ;D/me slides you down a platter of loaded nachos

Nachos... yummy!
I am not sure who posted the videos. There was a guy on the Portnoy forum a while back who posted videos of himself playing violin, maybe he posted some here too? Anyway, it certainly wasn't me because I'm a girl  ;)


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: nicoli on March 10, 2010, 06:24:12 pm
I'm picturing Vic being a mini James LaBrie and it's awesome. Yay for kids who like Dream Theater! ::squee::

Wow, you've got strong imagination! I can't imagine kids with beard like James'. ;D

Yeah, well you haven't met my girl yet!   :D :D :D 
She (of course) is into Hannah Montana / Miley Cyrus the most.  (Like most girls her age are....); but her musical tastes so far are more on the "rock" side...she likes her Cha Cha Slide and stuff, but hey...she's only 6 and a half! 
@ nicoli - She likes Demi too - I am thinking I like Demi more as well...I know you mentioned you liked her material too.  She cracks me up on "Sonny With A Chance"!

Demi Lovato is the AWESOME. She's kinda my hero, which is weird, because she's about six years YOUNGER than I am. :P Sonny With A Chance is actually a pretty funny show! I was impressed, and I think it really showcases Demi as an actress, more so than in the made-for-TV movies she's done. Even so, I can't wait for Camp Rock 2. ;)

One of these days, Disney needs to let her record her solo material (the stuff she actually wrote by herself). I'm curious to hear what she sounds like without all of the Kara DioGuardi/Jonas Brothers influence.


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Donna on March 10, 2010, 07:25:19 pm


Nachos... yummy!
I am not sure who posted the videos. There was a guy on the Portnoy forum a while back who posted videos of himself playing violin, maybe he posted some here too? Anyway, it certainly wasn't me because I'm a girl  ;)

YES, you are right!!!  I got you and Violin Theater mixed up.  I am such a dodo.   And I apologize, VdV.   :( So sorry for the mix up!!!  HOWEVER....it doesn't change the fact that you are very talented.   :) 

@ Ash - you know, her school DOESN'T have a music program.  There just isn't enough cash in the school funding to allot for music....however....there is some for sports.... ::)  So this is all coming out of OUR pocket.  It's us whom are providing the music lessons for her....not really the school.  This lady presented her idea to the school, and it's an extra fee.  But it's totally worth it, IMHO.   ;)

@ nicoli - yeah, I think I like watching that show more than Victoria does! :D  And much as I LOVE Disney (I really do!); they do need to loosen their strings on Demi.  I know Miley probably can't wait to cut herself off, so I am sure Demi and Selena feel the same.  However, don't bite the hand that feeds you, right?   :D


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: w34vi1 on March 11, 2010, 12:12:03 pm


@ Ash - you know, her school DOESN'T have a music program.  There just isn't enough cash in the school funding to allot for music....however....there is some for sports.... ::)  So this is all coming out of OUR pocket.  It's us whom are providing the music lessons for her....not really the school.  This lady presented her idea to the school, and it's an extra fee.  But it's totally worth it, IMHO.   ;)



I didn't even have THAT option while I was in school... While in Australia, had I started playing something then, I could have had lessons as part of my class work, it wold have been nice...


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Phsx2 on April 01, 2010, 07:53:34 am
I'm a Suzuki violin teacher, and part of the Suzuki philosophy is that it is best to begin musical education as early as possible. Early childhood music classes (without instruments) which explore singing, dancing, and tapping rhythms, can begin for children as young as six months old. The ideal time for many children to begin learning how to play an instrument can be between the ages of three and five. It totally depends on the child and his or her readiness. I myself have started children as young as four years old. I can't speak for singing, since I'm in instrumentalist, but I would guess that your daughter is a good age to begin voice lessons. It sounds like you have a lot of the essential components for success - a child who wants to learn, a caring parent (you), and a wonderful teacher. As long as you and your daughter are enjoying yourselves, you're doing the right thing!


Sorry for the thread jack but i couldn't help but laugh at this. I mean seriously 'Suzuki' comon its a bike manufacturer


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Donna on April 01, 2010, 08:24:21 am
No......the Suzuki music school is well renowned, and it's been around for many years. 
http://www.suzukiorff.org/index.html 
They spring the most talented children. 

....and by the way....not all motorcycles are Suzuki......Our Honda rocks.... ;)


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: nicoli on April 01, 2010, 08:48:38 am
No......the Suzuki music school is well renowned, and it's been around for many years. 
http://www.suzukiorff.org/index.html 
They spring the most talented children. 


...Debatably. ;)


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Donna on April 01, 2010, 09:36:22 am
LOL!!!  Well, they are way more talented than I can dream to be..... :D :D :D


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Viola da Voce on April 07, 2010, 05:07:04 pm
No......the Suzuki music school is well renowned, and it's been around for many years. 
http://www.suzukiorff.org/index.html 
They spring the most talented children. 


...Debatably. ;)

Just to go into my Suzuki teacher mode for a second... the founder of the Suzuki method, Dr. Suzuki, believes that talent is not inborn but rather something that any child can develop with lots of work and practice. It's a great idea in theory, although sometimes it doesn't work out that way. Anyway, Suzuki teacher mode off :)


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: nicoli on April 07, 2010, 08:43:04 pm
I say 'debatably' because I've met a lot of Suzuki-trained musicians who, while they possess excellent hearing and processing aural information, say they are way behind in terms of understanding and processing notation. If they go on to study theory and composition, it can be a major challenge; I remember one girl from my first music theory course in high school sharing her experience with the class just after a particularly hard test. Now, that's not to say that that makes Suzuki students any less talented. It's just a major obstacle people with above-average musical hearing often face. Many overcome it. I also don't know that children who learn the Suzuki method are more talented than others learning through other methods. Every child has a unique learning style, musical or otherwise, and each child must be able to learn in an environment that nurtures h/her learning style to be able to flourish. A more commonplace example of this issue is the fact that public schools in America are geared towards a system of rote-learning by memorization, towards those who are left-brained and learn in a step-wise manner. Those children who are naturally right-brained will suffer because teachers expect them to learn in a manner that is alien to them and makes very little sense - a right-brained child needs to see the 'big picture,' the concept, because learning each of the smaller components as though they are unrelated to one another is simply confusing and distracting.

But back to music...

While I wasn't trained in the Suzuki method, I know that because I had started teaching myself to play piano by ear from about age three or so, I was already in the habit of relying on my ear by the time I started lessons at age six. It was a source of major frustration for my teacher, because she soon figured out that every time she demonstrated a piece by playing it for me before giving me the sheet music, I was learning to play it based on what I'd remembered of her performance rather than reading the notes and other information from the pages. And because my hearing wasn't perfect (nor was my memory), there were many things I would miss, many mistakes I would learn by not paying attention to the score. I think it can be problematic if one method (playing by ear versus playing by theory/score) is emphasized over another for all learners.


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Viola da Voce on April 12, 2010, 05:23:30 pm
@Nicoli, I absolutely agree. There are a lot of Suzuki trained children out there who did not also receive appropriate instruction in music reading. And it can also be a challenge for people who rely on their sense of learning by ear rather than reading music.


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Donna on May 11, 2010, 09:24:09 pm
Well, happy to say that a couple of weeks ago, Victoria did very well in her little "recital".  There are 4 girls in her class, and she is the youngest.  She chose to sing  "Part of Your World" from Little Mermaid as her solo, and she did it!  Her daddy and I had tears streaming down our faces by the end - we are so very proud of her!  She was very nervous about it a couple of weeks before, but she got brave and got up and sang her song in front of about 25-30 people. 

She says she may not want to take this again next year, but hopefully, that's just the "little kid" nerves talking.  i am hoping she'll want to go back in.

And for the Summer?  Hah......soccer, here we come!

Thanks again for all you input here.....you guys give wonderful insight, as always.

 :)


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Donna on August 03, 2010, 09:46:50 am
Why, hello there!  Welcome to the Board, first off... :)

Yeah, I would say she really liked the learning and practicing of the singing.  It's the performance part she is timid about.  It's funny though.  She did her dance (jazz) recital with her group back in May with no problem.  I mean, i understand that singing on your own in front of people is not like dancing in a group - I understand that she is way more vulnerable. 

Well, I am really hoping that she decides to go back and do this come the Winter.  I think she really liked it. 


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Viola da Voce on August 03, 2010, 03:18:49 pm
Performing in front of people is a funny thing. I never got nervous when performing in orchestra, but performing in a chamber group or as a soloist always got my nerves jangling. I've always gotten nervous when giving speeches, but I've never gotten nervous speaking in a classroom full of students when I've got my violin in my hand. So if you look at it that way, it makes perfect sense not to get nervous when dancing with a group but to get freaked out when singing on your own.


Title: Re: Singing lessons and children
Post by: Donna on August 03, 2010, 09:24:18 pm
Exactly!  I see exactly what you are saying, VdV...