When is it a good time to start studying singing?
BUT - you need a teacher that is understands what it means to be working with a developing young vocalist. This is the only thing you need to worry about. Simply - just as there are stages in development for a young person physically, mentally, and emotionally there are similar ways that the voice also changes and develops.
Most teachers will shy away from working with the youngest singers because they are afraid to damage the voice. This is understandable since there are many challenges that come with young artists.
One of the major challenges is repertoire...or what songs they might want to sing. The young musician might want to sing the songs that they hear on the radio, in movies, or through the myriad of streaming sources available. Many of those pieces are completely inappropriate for the young voice. A solution is to stick with songs which their melodies rarely leave the range of one octave, are simple, and are in some ways repetitive.
Attention span can also be an issue. The older musician (high school aged and older) can benefit from a longer lesson length of up to an hour based on skill level. This gives adequate time for warm-up, technical exercises, and repertoire guidance. For the youngest student it is best to keep their lessons short to a half hour at most. Finding a teacher who can also navigate this will directly contribute to the student’s success. A solution is to work directly on musicianship skills (ie. pitch recognition games, rhythm reading, interval work). These are the things that will absolutely help give any musician a nice foundation.
Don't worry! We have teachers that specialize in young voices. They are here to help! At Stage Music Center, we strive to develop a nurturing environment that helps you (or your student) achieve their goals in music. Come in and Play!