As you know, I LOVE teaching singers of all ages and abilities. This year, I’ve had many students under the age of 12 sign up for lessons and I decided I needed to beef up my music arsenal for those singers!
I know more about singers who have fully developed larynxes, so I needed to supplement my knowledge by reading more and watching more instruction for younger singers. I stumbled upon “The Full Voice” series and I am loving it, so far!
I’m learning that for this age, lessons and music-learning really should be more like play. I’m infusing more tongue twisters, simple songs, body percussion and games into lessons. This is incredibly fun for both students and for me! The Full Voice series has allowed me to become more flexible with my teaching style, and I love that!
Try these super-duper fun tongue twisters:
There was a minimum of cinnamon in the aluminum pan.
Toy boat (5x fast)
These inspired one young, bright student to research the hardest tongue twister. Try this:
The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick
I love that what I’m doing is inspiring my students to research music-related topics outside of lessons. One student asked me to build a Kahoot so she could take fun online quizzes---that’s awesome!
I feel so much more confident in teaching young ones now. It turns out that play is good for everyone!
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Maria Palombo is the founder of Finely Tuned Voice Lessons, a private voice studio. Her studio is open to all regardless of age or ability.