After decades of research, training and teaching, here's a list of the top 3 potential dangers around singing that nobody is talking about so you can make the best informed decisions for your family.
1. Emotional Damage
Without early individualized voice education,
your child may grow up believing they can't sing or they have a terrible voice affecting their self-esteem and group participation for life.
This pops up in all kinds of tiny important ways...around home, places of worship,
school plays, social media, karaoke, parties, weddings, funerals, social media.
Sadly, I've met hundreds of adults who continue to carry the heavy emotional weight of this lifetime loss and blow to their self-esteem caused by ignorance while in elementary school.
2. Physical Damage
Your child may be praised for belting out songs in a way that leads to vocal damage which affects their entire voice - that's singing and speaking.
She won't feel it because vocal folds don't register pain. You know that chronically husky/breathy/raspy sound we hear all the time in commercial music?
It's a learned behavior of straining and inefficient muscle usage that leads to voice loss, overcompensation, vocal nodes, polyps or hemorrhaging.
I've personally seen nodes in 5 year olds...plural. Ouch.
3. Wasted Time, Money & Effort
Your child can perform in choirs and musicals,
even take voice lessons with "pros",
and rather than sing better, plateau or get worse, leading to little to no return on your family's investment of time, money and effort.
Due to pervading myths that you're either born with "it" or not,
compounded by the decline of music education in the United States,
expectations are low around singing lessons.
In fact, people often are apologetic in describing that their child isn't "good enough" to take voice lessons. By definition, shouldn't it be the other way around...that is, expecting lessons to help you get better?
This has affected both students and teachers at every level in the system! You don't know if and when you should hear your child's singing improve. You'll find voice teachers often have limiting beliefs and understanding of what children can do.
all of this potential damage
can be avoided.
1. We know if you can talk, you can sing.
Talking and singing use the same vocal process!
It's all about air and muscles.
Singers are judged as tone-deaf before they've even developed the capacity to hit the notes!
We use science and sports-oriented thinking.
Not hope, confusing imagery or long-winded technical terms.
2. We can hear (and see) what's healthy or not.
There's a process for developing your voice
to sing in a safe and powerful way.
Vocal acrobatics take serious mental and muscle coordination.
You'll need a guide and consistent practice.
3. We expect progress toward an unlimited potential.
We have high expectations for your child's potential
regardless of the starting point.
Just singing songs is not what this is about.
From small to big wins, you and your child will see and
share the success that comes from
establishing healthy singing habits from the start.
The fact of the matter is that in order to level up,
your child needs effective vocal instruction
and personalized feedback.
YSA singing instruction is like none other:
specialized for K-12
simple and sequential
training as vocal athletes
based in classical technique
applicable for all musical styles
maximizing vocal power with minimal effort
foundation for song and speech
modern and meaningful
includes music literacy
personalized feedback in every lesson
grounded in the latest voice science
20+ years of research and development
Your child will learn technical tools that lay the foundation for healthy voice production. Your child will learn to feel, see and hear the difference.
She will learn how to read music using a hybrid of the best approaches in music education. She'll sing, self-assess and apply the tools learned, so she can take ownership of the process. Along the way, she'll make friends, take risks, increase self-esteem and truly own her voice.
Learn more about our approach here.
Vielka is a passionate music educator, performer and mother. She founded Young Singers Academy to nurture confident voices for life and set the gold standard in PK-12 voice education. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, 8th grade daughter, 6th grade son, and beloved cat. She's a yogi, marathoner, and meditator. www.vielka.com