|Music is for everyone!||
|Music is for everyone!||
Yes, I believe you can sing! Like every other ability that the body and mind develop - the more you use, train and support your singing muscles, the stronger they will be.
Singing abilities through the lens of children:
I invited the dad of a 4 yr. old student to sit and sing with us during circle-singing time – the child laughed at this idea, exclaiming “My dad can’t SING!” He can indeed sing, I’ve heard him carry a tune. However, this young child had begun classifying people in two groups– those who CAN, and those who CANNOT sing.
Another circumstance found me enthusiastically singing the theme song to a Disney movie, when a child tried to shut me up by saying “You’re singing off key!” She was annoyed with the song that her younger sister sang ALL THE TIME. What does that expression “off key” mean to a 9 yr, old? Where had she learned this language? Regardless, she knew the power of the insult to get the result she wanted: to make a person stop singing.
What is the desired sound?
The vast majority of the population are born with the predisposition to be musical. Singing ability is developed as muscles and ligaments are trained and coordinated to produce a sung voice vs speaking voice. Then comes the ability to produce a melody line that goes higher and/or lower. With that ability, there is the auditory ability to hear differences in pitch, and whether a melody is going higher or lower. Rhythmical awareness, discrimination, and replication. Only a small percentage of the population 2-5% do not have the brain-wiring for these vocal skills.
When singing muscles and brain pathways are underused, their abilities need warming up or training to produce the desired sound. Practice does not make perfect (what is perfect?) – but it certainly improves underused abilities. It is normal to have narrow singing abilities when voice muscles are unfamiliar with producing other sounds.
This world needs more singing!
Performance-quality singing is not the baseline expectation for sharing your voice or your song. There is no formal stage or audience when we are singing with a group of friends, at a family gathering, in a church service, with kids or remembering an old song with an elder. The more YOU get comfortable with this idea, the more you give permission to people around you to be ok with their singing voice, and the ripple effect will see more singing in the everyday lives of everyday people. Music is for everyone – all ages, all abilities.
Singing has the potential to connect us and makes us feel good! I think our communities and this world could benefit from a little more of that. Do you?