If your youngster loves to sing and you're considering voice lessons, you want to ensure he sticks to his goals and remains interested and focused in these classes. A few simple strategies can help him eagerly anticipate his lessons every week.
Choose an instructor that your child can relate to. Get him involved in selecting his own teacher by talking to several potential teachers -- some might even offer a free lesson in order to be considered. It is also important to ask for references, request a summary of their teaching experiences and backgrounds, and check on how often the students actually perform. A teacher who can get on your child's level, understand what type of music he loves and generate a passion for music would be an inspiration and motivator for your child.
Allow him to have a choice in the selection of songs he sings both for practice and at recitals. Although it is still eye-opening for him to learn and listen to a variety of music -- a good teacher will require this -- at least a portion of the songs should be music that he can relate to and enjoys. His passion and talent for music will come out in his voice if he is enthusiastic about the type of music he sings.
Pair him with a friend if he is hesitant about taking voice lessons. Sometimes all it takes is a little camaraderie and friendship to get him excited about working on his vocal skills. If he does not know anyone who is interested in voice lessons, a buddy who plays guitar or piano can be both his accompanist and support system.
Attend all of his performances and make a big production out of his recitals. Make it a family event with ice cream and other highlights after the show is over. Praise his efforts. Make an effort to take him to other vocal recitals and musicals in your area to expose him to role models who can inspire him to reach for higher and more challenging goals.
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