Thursday, November 15, 2012

Teaching Kids to Sing

 The creators of Vocal Coach are Chris and Carole Beatty.  They have been teaching singing for over 40 years.  They offer both Vocal Coach Singer (great for junior high students through adult) and Teaching Kids to Sing (for ages 5 through 5th grade).

Our family was sent Teaching Kids to Sing which includes 2 instructional DVDs and 1 instructional CD.

The first DVD is broken into four sections:

Warm Ups

The second DVD includes three sections:

The CD includes a total of 4 songs and 8 Warm Ups (each has a track with vocals and without).

The videos are recorded in what looks to be a typical music classroom.  Chris Beatty leads a group of students in vocal exercises and songs as he instructs both the students and us (the DVD audience).  Carole Beatty is also in the classroom helping the students as they learn.

My children in grades K, 2, 4, 5, and 6 all participated along with these DVDs.  At first they seemed hesitant to sing along with the lessons, but as they saw that everyone was singing (including Mom!), they quickly joined in.  I appreciated that kids were in the video (not only singing, but often answering questions) and I think that it made it easier for my kids to feel like they could participate.

E9 said, "I think the Teaching Kids to Sing videos helped me to learn a lot more about singing.  I know that I need to stand up tall when I'm singing now."

A10 said, "I like how they turned everything you learned into a song at the end of the lesson."

H6 said, "I liked it because they are teaching me to sing."

Our kids learned songs like "Upright Child of the King" to remember to use good posture while singing and "Breathing Rap" to help remember to use proper breathing.  The DVDs are not very long...maybe about 30 minutes each.  We chose to watch the lessons 2 at a time and then practice the songs and warm-ups in between. 

I think this is a great beginner program for anyone wanting their kids to learn the basics of singing.  It's so user-friendly...just pop in a DVD or CD and sing along! 

Teaching Kids to Sing 3 Disc DVD/CD Set is sold for $44.99.  Both this product and the Vocal Coach Singer were reviewed by the Schoolhouse Review Crew, so be sure to check out the blog for more info!

Disclaimer: I have been given the wonderful opportunity to review many homeschool products over the last few years. The only compensation that I receive for my review is the free product. I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to participate in review groups and I have enjoyed trying out these products and giving you my honest opinion.
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