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What is a good age to start voice lessons?

As a voice teacher, I get students of all ages inquiring about lessons. I find that many parents often ask about lessons for their 3 or 4 year olds.

There are a few things to look for in a student of this age.

Firstly, the body is not yet developed at this point and the voice really starts to develop around 13 or 14 (or after going through puberty). It's especially challenging for young male voices and can be challenging to find that the voice can change upon reaching puberty after years of singing in a different range. For this reason, I recommend a combination voice lesson which may introduce an instrument such as guitar or piano mixed with theory training. Learning to sing this early is excellent because it will help with ear training and the confidence needed to lead a show as a singer; however, the situation must be assessed very carefully to make sure not to sour future experience with music as a result of missed signs it was too soon to begin.

I definitely think before accepting a student who is below the developmental ages for singing there are some things to look for that I would certainly encourage lessons:

  1. Excited to attend lessons: If the student WANTS to be there, practices and shows up with a can-do attitude weekly- that's a sign to begin lessons

  2. Attention Span: is the student able to focus for more than 30 minutes at a time?

  3. Listen to Music: Does the student have songs or artists they like to listen to on their own? Disney songs, BTS, Kidz Bop? If they don't seem passionate about music, it might be a bit too soon

  4. Practice Time: Do they practice outside of the lesson time?

If you're considering singing lessons for your child, feel free to reach out to discuss. Always happy to talk about and hopefully these tips help in advance. Remember we have a studio in Venice closet to Ocean Park area and Mar Vista as well as online lessons.

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