singing


why should my child learn to sing?
Children love to sing. It is a natural way for them to express themselves and singing with others is a very pleasurable experience. We are not born with the skill to sing in tune, however the more singing a child does the more likely it is that he/she will have their first experience of singing the same note – called singing in unison – with another person. The first time this happens is an amazing experience and from this point on, and with some encouragement, children will naturally learn to sing in unison and, eventually, in harmony.


learning in a small group
I like to teach singing to children in small groups. For young children, learning in a group is often the best way to learn to sing. There are many songs and games developed for use by small groups, and these, while being educational and increasing the musicality of your child, are also a lot of fun. Singing in a group will develop your child’s sense of pitch, harmony and rhythm. Children will start by learning to sing in unison, but as the lessons progress they will start to sing in parts, something which requires real skill and is invaluable for all future music-making.

Learning in a group is also wonderful from the point of view of developing social skills. It requires each child to concentrate and listen, to follow instructions and to work with others.


private lessons
It is also possible for children to have private lessons. If you are unsure which way to go, get in contact and then we can work out the best approach.


fees
The cost for a group lesson of thirty minutes will be a maximum of 25chf (two students) and a minimum of 18chf (three or more students). Each group will contain no more than four students, with a minimum of two.

A thirty-minute private lesson costs 40chf.
A forty-five minute private lesson costs 55chf.

Payment will be required at the beginning of each term. The term times will coincide with the local schools, however, I am happy to discuss the possibility of a slightly different schedule for those with children at international or bilingual schools.

For the cancellation policy, please see the FAQ page.


method
Lessons will include a range of activities, all designed to support the development of:

1. correct singing technique, including breathing, the production and
pitching of notes, and pronunciation
2. general musicianship, including rhythm, pitch, harmony, tempo
and dynamics, and ear-training
3. reading music

These activities will include unison and part-songs, unaccompanied and accompanied (piano, guitar), the use of percussion instruments, music theory (often disguised as drawing and games) and a range of other musical games.

As with piano, students will not learn to read music straight away. This will come gradually, but in the meantime students will be learning to use their voices effectively and improving their general musicianship. Students will start singing songs straight away, learning through listening and then imitating.


materials
A mix of books and sheet music will be used and will be sourced by the studio. Students will be asked to pay for books (including shipping costs, if applicable) as required.

All students will need to bring with them a folder for loose sheets, preferably a folder with plastic sleeves to keep sheets in order. They will also need a small notebook for me to write down what we’ve done each lesson and what needs to be practiced.


how will the groups be formed?
If you would like your child to learn, please contact me through the contact page on this website. I will collect expressions of interest and will start a group when there are enough children of similar age and ability.