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Blog » Developing the Flexible Voice
Voice flexibility is fundamental to developing a young child's singing voice. The young singer who is still learning to control the voice usually can benefit from exercises and song experiences that extend the singing range upward. Imitating small animal sounds, like birds or mice, or singing on a high note, like C or D an octave above middle C, can be helpful in getting the children to use the upper range of their singing voice.
Voice flexibility expands as singing exercises move the voice gradually down from the higher range to the lower range. For most young children, the lowest pitch of the lower voice range is around D just above middle C. To best develop voice flexibility, young children should have many singing experiences starting in their high range and moving down through the lower range before engaging in singing experiences starting in the low range and moving through the high range.
Some young children, with limited singing experience, tend to sing songs using the "talking" range of their voice and sing tones that we would say are "off key." Most of these children have not yet developed the necessary muscular flexibility and control required for "in-tune" singing. Occasionally, some children may not be able to learn to control their voice in singing, but in most cases, with proper experiences and encouragement, most children learn to sing in tune.