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All Physically Healthy Children Have an Ear for Music and Can Be Developed by a Music
I’d like to confirm some parents’ fears on one thing in particular: Many a music
teacher do not like to waste their time on children with “hidden” talents; that is,
with those whose musical abilities are not obvious. They prefer to tutor children
who can do everything with ease. Why burden oneself with additional work? It is easier
for such teachers to simply say “no.” But there are exceptions to the rule: a music
teacher who is a true professional will take on your child with pleasure.
So, if your child adores music, tries to sing a song, but is not able to reproduce
the exact pitch with his voice, this speaks of the absence of hearing and voice coordination,
which can be worked out by a music teacher. It is almost like when the muscles of
your arms and legs are weak, but as soon as you start doing the right exercises,
you strengthen and tone them!
After only two to three years of working with such children, they start singing like
nightingales. Trust me. I worked with children like that and taught solfeggio and
the elementary theory of music to them. If a music teacher who’s competent in his
art works with a child or an adult persistently and on regular basis, he can help
develop and expand the range and pitch of the voice immensely.
Many of you will be surprised to find out that “tone-deaf” people are as rare as
people with perfect pitch. People with absolute pitch are capable to hear a note
of music and instantly and accurately define, name, and write down using notes any
musical sounds produced either with voice or any musical instrument. These people
are so unique that they do no need any special music education, and it is enough
for them to learn only the names of notes and the way of writing them down.
Remember: All physically healthy children have an ear for music. The only difference
is that it is more developed in some than in others. As for the phrase “physically
healthy,” it means that after birth, the child has not been found deaf and had no
physiological abnormalities of the throat.
In one of my articles about the advantages of music education, I described in great
detail the influence of voice training on the health of children. Actually, I often
used to see and work with children who suffered from a trauma or defect of the hearing
organ. These problems can derive from infections that children contract at different
ages. If untreated, such infections can have often very serious complications in
the future, causing reduction of hearing. And, as is obvious, the acuity of hearing
is an absolute must for the musician and especially the singer! So, dear parents,
protect your children’s ears!
Now that you have defined the reason your child or someone from your family sings
off-key, it is up to you what to do next – finding a music teacher for example. Some
of you will shrug your shoulders and unfortunately never discuss the subject again.
I am also sure that there will be parents who, despite of this quite surmountable
obstacle, will nevertheless find a music teacher who is a thorough professional and
knows how to handle such children. The magic world of sounds beckons!
In addition to everything said above, I as a music teacher and director of a music
institute would like to stress and repeat: It is very harmful for people with disrupted
hearing and voice coordination to sing for or in front of children! Your children
learn everything firsthand from you, their parents. They do not what they are told,
but what they see and hear. Listen to and look closely at the child – he speaks with
your intonation and your words. He adopts your good and bad habits without words,
and it is exactly for this reason that he will also sing just as well or just as
poorly as you do!