ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Sing for Kids

Updated on January 11, 2013
Singing music to kids is a great way to tell a story.
Singing music to kids is a great way to tell a story. | Source

Music and kids seem to naturally go together. From parties and other special events to everyday moments, music can play a part in not only entertaining but developing children.

Through listening and making music, the human brain makes connections and learns skills. Language, memory, and spacial reasoning are just some of the areas enhanced by regular exposure to music.

I trained as a vocal performance major in college. But it wasn't until much later that I got to enjoy first-hand making music for, and with, kids. As a performer, teacher and especially as a mom, I've had positive experiences.

Whether you're musically gifted or not, you can share the fun of song with children!

What Type Of Music Time Will You Lead?

Make a plan by making some choices, and be creative so you'll generate interest:

Theme - is there an overall idea you want to build the time around? (for instance, learning a skill, or celebrating a holiday)

Characters - will you be yourself, or will you dress up in costume as someone else? (maybe a doll come to life, or a pet)

Spoken word - will you tell one big story or will you do introductions to songs? (that can keep your theme going)

For Professional Singers

If you are looking to stay busy and earn money with your talents, why not include some events geared toward kids in your schedule?

Approach your local libraries, parks & recreation departments and schools to find a venue. Those places are already connected with families and will help advertise as well.

Record a children's song and have that ready to take in or send by email so event coordinators can hear your ability. Alsoprepare a quick write-up of what you'll do during the time.

Utilize social media such as Facebook or Twitter to help you. That may also bring about jobs for private parties later on.

Tips:

Keep your technical quality high.

Don't be afraid to let your technical ability to shine through - everyone wants to hear good singing. If you're trained in opera or in musical theater or pop, use your voice just as it is, tailored to children.

Be thoughtful about your song choices.

This is how your abilities reach out specifically to kids. Choosing some familiar songs may catch their ears. But new songs can be just as fun for them. Find songs with simple words and melodies children can learn quickly. And make sure they are age appropriate.

Hearing and making music is a treat, no matter what age the child is.
Hearing and making music is a treat, no matter what age the child is. | Source

Invite kids to participate.

Lots of kids start to move their bodies as soon as they hear music start so picking some "activity" songs will get them engaged physically. Teach them new songs and encourage them to join you as you sing. That will only make their experience happier - yours too!

Expect interruptions.

The attention span of kids is shorter than other audiences you may have. Realizing that in advance can prevent frustration for you. You can plan some strategies for reigning them in if needed. But be sensitive to their limitations as you design the event.

For Parents

Just because you're not trained professionally doesn't mean you can't introduce the wonder of music to your kids. There are lots of great resources available to help you make music at home.

Sing With Our Kids

Nancy Stewart, a children's song composer and performer, hosts this website dedicated to equipping parents and teachers with material and ideas for sharing music.

It includes an impressive library of songs that can be downloaded as MP3s or printed music. There is a "Tips & Tricks From The Experts" page that gives bios and advice from knowledgeable people in the field. There are suggestions for activities such as making instruments and discovering resources in your community.

Music For Kids

Parents can find a large selection of musical instruments here like harmonicas, drums and percussion, even toy pianos. Music CDs offer prerecorded songs from artists like Tim Cain and Laurie Berkner. There is a "Shop By Age" option that lets parents narrow their search.

Anyone can sing for kids, anytime!
Anyone can sing for kids, anytime! | Source

Tips:

Focus on the kids.

There's no need to be self-conscious or awkward - this is a time for sharing. Make the aim be connecting with your children rather than performing for them. Keep your attention on what they do and how they respond and you'll have some really special interaction with them.

Have Fun.

If you relax and have a great time, so will your kids. Your energy and joy will be contagious, and will multiply. Leave time for exploration - change the words to a favorite song, or add drums - and creativity will come out in amazing ways.

Make It A Regular Thing

Whether you want to sing with your kids daily, weekly or "whenever", decide that it will be a habit in your home. Making music can be a terrific bonding and discovery time that nurtures the whole family.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)