Join a choirJoining a choir is a great way to hone your singing ability as part of a group. You will have the opportunity to learn about music, scales and harmonization, and you’ll be given the chance to practice and perform on a regular basis. Being part of a choir is also a great way to discover your strengths and weaknesses as a singer, enhancing your strengths and working on your weaknesses within the relative safety of a larger group. As you develop your skills, you may even be asked to perform solos or work as part of a smaller singing group.
There are lots of choirs you could join as a child – schools, churches and city arts programs often sponsor children’s choirs, so ask your parents to help you find a reputable choir within your area.
Take singing lessonsWhen you learn an instrument, one of the best ways to learn is to take lessons, and it’s no different when you want to become a singer. Think of your voice as an instrument. Just because it’s a part of you, doesn’t mean you automatically know how to use it to the best of your ability. Singing instructors can give you specific, one-on-one instruction designed to help you hone and manipulate your voice. Even singers with a vast amount of natural talent can benefit from singing lessons because instructors know how to push a singer’s talents even farther.
Look for opportunities to performBeing a child singer requires much more than simply singing. You have to be able to perform in front of a crowd, and in some cases, you may need to play an instrument, dance or engage the crowd at the same time. If you’ve ever watched American Idol or The Voice, you know that singers who are comfortable performing are the ones who usually go the farthest. So, sign up for talent shows and offer to sing at retirement homes every chance you get. And, record your performances. You can watch them back and identify areas of improvement which will only serve to take your skill to the next level.
Send out demosWhen you feel you’re truly ready, post a few videos of yourself singing online and start sending out demo tapes to recording studios. It’s a rough business that’s filled with rejection, so prepare yourself for a few “no’s,” but don’t let that stop you from trying.
by Laura Williams