Friday, November 16, 2012

Teaching Kids to Sing Review


Chris & Carole Beatty, creators and founders of Vocal Coach, have taught and coached thousands of singers, young and old for over 40 years.

Vocal Coach has many wonderful products for adults, but we received one of their DVD sets for children, Teaching Kids to Sing

Teaching Kids to Sing is a 3 Disc DVD/CD set geared for ages 5-13, which includes the following:

* Building Foundations That Last DVD {Posture, Breathing, Tone, Warm Ups, and more}

* Essential Skills For Growing Voices DVD {Rhythm, Diction, Dynamics, Vocal Health and more}

* Accompaniment Tracks CD
Throughout the Teaching Kids to Sing series, children will learn proper posture and vocal habits as well as the necessary vocal techniques for developing their speaking and singing voices.

I was excited to receive this because Funny Bunny plays the piano and singing lessons are something that we would like her to take in the future, so I thought this would be a good place to start.

The Vocal Coach website has a whole section devoted to Homeschoolers and assists with scheduling the material on the DVDs.  They suggest doing the DVDs in order, one topic at a time, and reinforcing that topic with the Accompaniment Tracks CD.  They have even created an exam and answer key for both DVDs, which are available on their website for free.

My Thoughts:  To be honest, I wasn't sure what to think at first.  The video was made in 1999 and the children's clothing reflects that time period, so that was a little distracting.  It also took me some time to get use to the techniques they were using.  I've never taken singing lessons so I think I was expecting something different.

By the second CD though, I understood why they were teaching these skills.  I think the schedule they recommend of completing one topic at a time and reinforcing that topic with the Accompaniment Tracks CD is a great idea.  We watched both DVDs in order one right after another but it's probably best to follow the schedule.

She enjoyed the DVDs and practiced the techniques right along with the children.  She also enjoyed singing the songs.  The one that stands out to me is "I'm An Upright Child of the King." 

Although this wasn't the best fit for our family, I think many can benefit from it.

Thoughts of a 9-Year Old:  I like Teaching Kids to Sing.  It has great lessons, songs, and warm-ups.  My favorite songs are Loud, Soft, Fast, Slow and I'm A Vocal Athlete.  It had some great warm-ups, too.

Find Out More:  You can find out more online at The Vocal Coach.  The Teaching Kids to Sing DVD/CD Set is $44.99 and is for children ages 5-13. 

My Crewmates are also talking about The Vocal Coach, so you can check out what they think about it HERE.


Disclaimer:  This product was given to Our Homeschool Reviews for free for review purposes, and I do not have to return the product to the vendor.  I have received no compensation from it and all opinions and experiences within this review are my own.


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