When should voice lessons start?
Date: November 30, 2010
I am an 'old fart' when it comes to teaching voice, not accepting students until 1 year post puberty to begin teaching (both ladies and gentlemen). I do not have a big stable of singers partly because of this, but the ones I have do not possess vocal issues or other related drama.
With the so called beauty of the Jackie Evancho's of the world, parents want me to teach their prepubescents. Two questions:
1) Should I teach them (it is easy money after all)?
2) What should I teach them if I teach them (as if I don't know...LOL)?
3) How and what do I explain to parents if they are pushy sorts?
The usual wonderful responses will be quite helpful.
Background: Classically trained tenor over 25 yrs performing experience, choral director, voice teacher, elementary music teacher, voice builder, speech coach, etc
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