Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Favor

OK, I don't usually trouble both of you faithful readers for much but I could use a favor. Does anyone know or could anyone recommend a good person who gives voice lessons for children? We have a friend who is looking to get their 10 year-old granddaughter working with someone in Richmond. Please post here or email me your recommendations. Thanks a bunch.

8 comments:

Scott Wichmann said...

I do believe Cathy Motley-Fitch is an
excellent voice teacher, as is Stephen Rudlin. Those two jumped off the top of my head.

Jason M. said...

Most voice teachers will not take a student until they are at least 13 years of age. The voice has not yet started to change (puberty), and beginning any kind of rigerous training too early can potentially damage a young voice. Young people also don't have the natural discipline to follow through in learning technique or learning "repertoire" - this is not a fault - it is simply where they are in the mental developmental stage of life. For someone of the age of 10, the best thing to do is to encourage "the joy of singing" - make sure they're involved with their school choir, or a church choir. Let them sing around the house, or audition for musicals where there are roles for children. Enroll them in children's singing or theater classes where there is some vocal aspect. That would be my 2 cents! There is always an exception to the rule, and you may very well find a voice teacher that will take a 10 year old, but it may be hard to find! Try Hope Erb at Richmond Children's Choir - she's an excellent teacher, and their choir is very well-respected in the Richmond area.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Scott, those are great suggestions! Do you have contact info for those two, and if so, could you e-mail it to Dave? THANKS!
- Holly

Thespis' Little Helper said...

Cathy seems to be the big go-to gal for that! She's fab!

Also Jason Marks gets some great results.

Joy W. said...

Cathy Motley-Fitch is the first person who came to my mind. And she's great to work with!!!

Robinitaface said...

I'm going to go with Jason on this one. Hope Armstrong Erb is great with the Richmond Children's Choir. Having the child sing with their school choir will (hopefully) teach the child proper posture, breathing techniques, and sight-singing/aural skills that will develop a solid foundation once their vocal cords mature some. A common mistake the kids make is to push too hard to mimic an adult sound (pop or classical). Although I doubt teachers like Cathy Motley-Fitch or Stephen Rudlin would let that happen. Is Amy Hruska teaching private lessons?

Thespis' Little Helper said...

oh...so nevermind about the jason marks recommendation!!!

but he just proved he knows his stuff! so in three years...

Dave T said...

Thanks a bunch, everyone. I really appreciate the suggestions. I will pass along the names, contact info, and well-considered insight from Jason & Robin to the interested gramma. You all are the best!