Singing is ageless. We all express ourselves vocally, starting as very young children. And we continue to sing or hum in one form or another throughout our lives. Now let's talk a bit about a much debated issue in the voice teacher community--the minimum age of beginner voice students.
The voice is a fragile instrument. It's also an instrument that changes as a child's body moves through its various developmental stages. At one point in puberty, the voice "breaks" or "changes" from its child register to the lower adult voice. This break is clearly audible in males, but it occurs in females, as well.
Some voice instructors are reluctant to give voice lessons to children (i.e., pre-puberty). Teaching younger children can be challenging, regardless of instrument. When it comes to singing in particular, there is also the added concern that one-on-one instruction may be too taxing on the young voice.
At CFMA, we assign younger voice students only to those our voice teachers who are comfortable teaching younger children and fully understand the issues involved.
In addition, we require that students taking one-on-one voice lessons have solid reading skills. Students also need to have the focus and attention span required to work with a voice instructor in a one-on-one format for 15 or 30 minutes. Generally speaking, this sets the minimum age requirement at about 8 years of age.