Introduction

Many records have been preserved of child "prodigies", who emerge at a very early age as excellent singers, often with ambitions to compose music. Today, however, more attention is paid to children instrumentalists. The fact that children singers also used to achieve great success in earlier times has been entirely forgotten. This was primarily true in church music, where many boys sang in church choirs or as soloists. It is documented that their singing instruction was both professional and systematic and that their singing technique reached a high standard. Unfortunately, very few people are aware of this today. Although the phenomenon of child soloists is starting to be "fashionable" again, there are disappointingly few high-quality performances. Why is this so? Are fewer talented singers being born today than in the past? There are two reasons. The first is a lack of good singing teachers. If teachers are unable to achieve the expected results in their instruction, the student is identified as the cause of the failure. Unfortunately, this scapegoating has reached such proportions today that great achievements in children's singing instruction are no longer even expected. The second problem is that instruction is not started early enough. Although many talented singers are being born, in many cases this talent is not developed in time; it stagnates and what is missed early on cannot be made up entirely at a later time. If parents discover musical talent in their child, they typically select a musical instrument and completely ignore the most natural form of musical expression in early childhood: singing.
It's good to realise how small children naturally form their voice and experiment with it.
Even though these first singing or vocal attempts are rather imperfect from our point of view, it does not prevent children from expressing themselves vocally. This fascination with their own voices needs to be supported by a correct singing role model (if there isn't one in the family, it can be substituted by listening to recordings of quality singing) otherwise their singing will not develop. At a later age, the children start to be aware of imperfections in their singing. If there is too much criticism, they will lose their willingness to sing in front of other people or even lose their desire to want to express themselves by singing. This is the reason why many people do not sing in adolescence at all. In reality though, everyone has an inborn ability to sing.

If a child shows at least some degree of musical talent for playing an instrument, there is no reason why they should not be able to sing well either. If their singing is out of tune, the cause is purely technical. Children need sufficient time to learn how to coordinate their vocal cords so that the resulting tone matches the intended idea. Very often I hear things like: "Our child is good at playing piano (violin, flute, etc.) but he cannot sing because he does not have a nice voice." This, however, is a fundamental mistake. The quality of a voice can be improved, as can the purity of singing. This is true for both children and adults. To fully express their vocal potential, it is important to support natural vocal expression and to work on a healthy voice development.