Vocal training inedaquacy of kindergarten and elementary teachers

It is a sad reality that there are only very few good and well-qualified teachers in the area of vocal training.
Many teachers cannot sing well themselves and do not even have any aspiration to sing with children, or at least help them appreciate high quality, natural singing. I remember many instances in elementary school when we had to catch up in other subjects instead of learning how to sing. I found it very distressing that music education (and thus singing, too) was seen as unimportant, unnecessary and superfluous. However, natural singing is a way of self-expression, relaxation and communication between people. In the past, people were far more aware of the important role of singing. For instance, in the baroque period, singing was not just a marginal subject but one of the most important subjects in education. In baroque curricula there were one or more singing lessons every day! Naturally, the far greater need for quality singing in church music and during regular church services played a role in this. We must realise that in an era without modern media it was completely common to get together, sing and make music. Music and singing were natural reasons for getting together, communicating and connecting. Today, we are proud of the latest inventions in all scientific fields, we keep pursuing something and looking forward to see what the future will bring. But sometimes it would not hurt to pause and look back to see all that we have lost on the way we have already travelled.

Other teachers cannot sing very well themselves but nonetheless try to sing with children. The consequences of these teachers' inadequacy are often even worse than in the first case. Out of ignorance, these teachers often allow their pupils to sing songs with narrow vocal ranges too loudly and in a low voice position. One teacher, a typical product of the level of today's education system, was of the opinion that little children in the first and second grades do not have the ability to sing a song that exceeds the range of a fifth.That would eliminate the opportunity to try out a light sounding voice and practice higher tones. And if the teacher herself sings in an overly loud voice in a low voice position, the children's singing will become worse and worse and settle in an unnaturally low position. In addition to provoking an aversion to singing, such a forced manner of singing on the very border of the vocal range can also damage their vocal cords.
It is worth noting that loud piano playing, where the teacher hopes that the children will catch on to the played melody, is not a good solution either. The children cannot hear themselves and resort to forced singing.