Heard your child sing and think they sound beautiful? Wondering if they have a natural singing ability? Want to nurture their passion for music somehow?
Singing doesn’t come naturally to everyone, and even if it does, there’s always more to learn. If you’ve noticed your child falling in love with singing, practising their favourite songs in their room or hinting that they can be the next Beyonce, then it could be an opportunity to encourage their natural ability.
But how do you know if your child will really enjoy and thrive in the world of music?
Here are 3 signs your child has singing talent…
They Sound Good – And Not Just To You
We’ve all seen the live auditions for singing TV shows where we cringe as the contestant wails out a hit from the 90s, wondering why no one told them before they stepped in front of a TV camera.
Chances are, their mums, dads and loved ones probably thought they sounded like an angel… The thing is, those closest to you are a little (or a lot!) biased. Often, an outsider’s opinion can help to know there’s talent.
The truth is, almost anyone can become a talented singer with training, dedication and joy.
But of course, your child needs to know where they’re starting from. And they need more detailed feedback than Grandpa and Grandma can offer.
That’s why when you think your child is naturally gifted at something, it’s probably a good idea to get a few unbiased opinions. Give your child the best start possible as they venture into music.
They’ve Got Rhythm
If your child can find the rhythm in a song without being told how, that’s a great sign they have the foundations of what it takes to sing well.
How can you figure out if your child has a natural connection to rhythm?
If your little one taps to the beat of a tune, effortlessly picking out the differences between the drums and the cadence of the lyrics, they have a real talent. It can be difficult to decipher and then match the beat of a song, but if your child is doing this for fun or absentmindedly, it shows a good ear for rhythm.
Another sign to look out for is that your child can pick up changes in rhythm. If they can easily keep up with the changes in an unfamiliar song – predict them even – they may find some aspects of singing a lot easier.
They Love Music
Most children love music – it’s an inherent part of childhood. From lullabies and nursery rhymes to festive songs, like Happy Birthday.
But children who have a natural predisposition to musicality seem to love music a little more. They’re the ones keen to hear new songs (rather than Baby Shark on repeat!).
Consider finding a musical outlet for your child if…
- They love seeing live music and want to know more about it
- They pick up lyrics quickly because they adore the song or band
- They’re more interested in developing their skills than being famous
Loving music is, of course, one of the most important things for anyone pursuing an interest in singing.
It’s Not Always About Talent…
But even if your child doesn’t have all 3 of the above signs, they still may have a talent for singing. You see, singing is something that CAN be taught – even if your child’s starting point is a little rough around the edges.
Singing starts with passion – listeners can tell the difference between a bored singer and an enthralled singer. A brilliant singer that takes no joy in it won’t connect with their audience. Whereas an audience can still enjoy the performance of a singer who may not be as good but brings heart and soul to their song.
Singing talent really is just a step along the way. A musical ability really takes flight when you have the right coaching, whether you have a natural talent or an honest passion.
As a parent, you already know that you should never underestimate the power of a child who knows what they love doing!
Benefits Of Singing
There’s more to singing than meets the… ear.
Humans have been serenading, entertaining and expressing themselves through song for centuries, and it’s no different today. Even if your child doesn’t take their singing talents further than their coaching sessions, clubs or classes, there’s so much value in using singing to expand their experiences.
Just a few include:
Singing stimulates the brain
Music has been shown to stimulate different areas of your brain, lighting up multiple parts that all talk to one another. This can be hugely beneficial for developing brains, as it can improve speech and make stronger language connections.
Singing improves lung capacity
It’s great for physical fitness, too – singing helps build strong lungs, which is good for things like running and swimming. Who doesn’t want stronger lungs?!
Singing leads to improved memory
All those lyrics help aid memory. Learning numerous singing techniques and then rehearsing various songs will exercise those memory muscles, which is especially valuable for young minds.
Singing teaches better emotional intelligence
A good singer doesn’t just sing the words of a song; they feel them. Adele is well known for her ability to connect the emotion of her songs with the emotion in her voice. Through singing, children can learn a greater range of emotions.
The Benefits of Professional Singing Tuition
If your child has natural singing talent then you probably already nurture their confidence by praising their talent and being a good audience. And this is great! But they also need to have a creative who can work with them and refine their talent, stretch their ability and add to what they can do. This requires an openness and humidity in the performer. If you are closed to constructive criticism you wouldn’t go very far. Or as a friend put it – twinkle twinkle – little -star!
Performing arts training can help give your child the opportunity to develop their skills as a singer and get the coaching and tuition they need to succeed.
Want To Nurture Your Singing Star? Singing talent is a gift, and with professional training, that talent can grow – but a love for singing is more important. That’s a talent in itself, and at Theatretrain, we love to work with passionate singers. Find your local Theatretrain company and let your child pursue their inner song…