Good things come...just wait

Though it was President's Day today and I was off school, I still worked almost a full day today, which is fine because it's money in the bank, right?

Anyhow, I taught voice lessons as a sub for a friend for about 4 hours today. Most of the students were under 12, and I just had to post something to any of you out there who might be parents or are friends with parents of young kids who have "potential." As nice as it was to make money teaching voice lessons, for the most part, it is a total waste of your money prior to your child hitting puberty. I loved the kids, but they're so young and their voice is so underdeveloped, that they'll have to reteach their teenage voice the same tricks. It's best just to wait and learn it once.

So, if you are the parent of a budding singer who is under the age of 12, simply encourage them to keep singing with the promise of voice lessons in their teens. I didn't start until I was just about 16, and that was perfect timing. Even then, I switched teachers 2 1/2 years ago and had to relearn so much. All that to say, don't push your kids too far into that "stage" mentality when they're young. Let them sing for fun and pursue it seriously later. Save your money, or invest it in an instrument like piano. Now, those lessons can begin really young.

More later.

Posted by Portia at February 21, 2005 11:15 PM