REAL, PROPER and PROFESSIONAL Singing lessons should teach your child the proper way to breathe and pitch from the diaphragm, - NOT FROM THE NOSE OR THROAT NOR BY SHOUTING - and she/he should be taught the rudiments of music, and sing in the appropriate way for the style of music she/he likes (be it pop, classical, jazz, R&B, etc.) In this way, she/he can learn to project her/his voice and make it more solid, extend her/his range, pitch accurately, and her/his voice becomes\ clearer and smoother, and she/he can also really learn to read music like real musicians do.
The human voice is an instrument, and whatever you are singing, there are the corresponding notes to it. Your child should learn the notes to what she/he are singing!!
So in addition to proper breathing and pitching techniques, your child should be taught the rudiments of music (using the piano/keyboard/guitar) - for her/him to learn to read notes, to know the keys to her/his songs, to sightsing, to count and differentiate time signatures, harmony, the different genres of music, etc. Your child should be able to choose to sing in whatever song genre she/he wants– be it pop, jazz, blues, theatre and classical. Your child should be taught the techniques very well so much so that she/he can become versatile and can sing in any genre. It is only when your child decides to concentrate on one genre that she/he loves very much, then she/he can concentrate and specialise in that genre. But Good technique is good technique. And good technique enables you to sing anyting and be versatile!
THE SINGING TEACHER MUST TEACH YOU HOW TO READ MUSIC!!!
If the singing teacher has no knowledge of reading music, and cannot accompany your child on piano or guitar or organ, and is grabbing sounds from the air to teach you, this is inadequate singing training! All of the above techniques and rudiments should be taught with the teacher playing the piano/keyboard or guitar for your child. She/He should teach the techniques using scales, while checking your child's pitch against the piano/keyboard/guitar. How will a teacher be able to tell if your child i in pitch except if she/he pitch it against an instrument? The teacher should be able to accompany your child while she/he is singing. Teachers who teach singing using only instrumental tracks and are not able read and play music themselves to play the scales and accompany your child, are just teaching your child TO MIMIC and COPY SOUNDS LIKE A PARROT!
CLASSICAL STYLE SINGING IS DIFFERENT FROM POP/JAZZ SINGING!!!
Classical singing techniques and tones are different from pop and jazz technique and tones! The teacher cannot let your child be doing pop songs with her head or choir voice only. Pop and jazz and R&B call more for a "conversational" style of singing, with some head voice thrown in, and that calls for special belting techniques THAT DO NOT MAKE YOUR CHILD SHOUT.
A proper singing teacher should teach your child how to sing with her/his chest voice without shouting and hurting her/his voice! Shouting is bad for the throat and proper singing teachers should not let your child shout and hurt her/his throat. Note: Please do not listen to classical singing teachers who say singing pop and belting is bad for the voice. No. 1 – there is a way to belt SAFELY and FROM THE DIAPHRAGM that is safe for your throat. No. 2 – Shouting and screaming is NOT BELTING and No. 3 – Probably, the classical singing teacher probably does not know how to sing pop nor to belt, that is why she says this. Just as to play classical piano has a different style and approach from playing jazz piano and pop piano, you cannot be using classical techniques and approach to sing pop and jazz songs!
SINGING EXAMS SHOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE
If you might want your child's singing lessons to be accredited or certified, you have the option of taking the Trinity Guildhall or ABRSM or Rock School Singing Exams. Your child may also, of course, take lessons for leisure or other professional objectives
Lessons at $70 per session from a Trinity Guildhall certified teacher of 12 years at local and international schools, and a seasoned professional singer of 25 years local and international performing experience. Performance/Vocal coaching is also available for semi- professional and professional singers, or for those going for a singing audition. .