If only I had a nickel for every time a parent said his or her child has an amazing voice!
While it’s true that most children have the inner freedom to sing with gusto and inhibition, what parents don’t realize is that every child’s voice is fragile and delicate. (I know. It’s hard to imagine that when the child is screaming in your ear.) But until puberty starts, a child’s vocal cords are tissues similar to mucous membranes. These membranes are fat and soft. Later, hormones change the voice from tissue resembling mucous membranes to vocal ligaments. That is when a child loses his or her “baby” voice and starts to resemble an “adult” voice.
A child should never try to sing like Taylor Swift or Justin Timberlake. Permanent vocal damage can occur when children strain their vocal cords in an attempt to sound like an adult. For any child who loves to sing, it would be wise to have them study with a vocal coach who understands the fragile voice of the child and who can strengthen and teach the child without damaging what God gave them!
This blog post was written by esteemed vocal coach, Nancy Badger.