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- October 2, 2019 at 11:59 am #601241sandtkorrelParticipant
Could you please help? What do you call a child who cannot sing in tune?
In German there is the word “Brummer” that translates to “grumbler” or even “grunter”. But it seems so harsh….
Is there a noun, or how do you refer to such an individual?
Thank you.February 23, 2020 at 7:11 pm #616033Carl FerraraParticipant
I call such a child a beginner. I think it’s not a good thing to have a “label” for such a student.
I don’t believe in children who can’t sing in tune. Only children who haven’t learned how yet. When a child hears that they are a “Brummer” or whatever you may call them, that has a terrible impact on them. I know 60 and 70 year olds who were told they couldn’t sing in elementary school, who to this day don’t believe they can do it.
Intonation issues in youth are usually because of a lack of familiarity with their registers. Head voice/chest voice speaking. Sometimes it’s because the chest voice is most similar to their comfortable speaking voice, they don’t realize that there’s another lighter voice for the high notes. Sometimes, whey are unwilling to use that head voice because it is so unfamiliar or uncomfortable, or worse because of peer pressure or fear of reprisal from peers regarding gender norms.
I would do exercises with different voice qualities. Use sirens and sighs to open the head range, and warmups in falsetto. remind them that falsetto is just that, a false voice, NOT their normal range. Point to positive examples such as Frankie Valli, Mitch Grassi from Pentatonix, King’s Singers and Chanticleer, Reeve Carney from Hadestown, as examples of “cool” singers who sing in that style.
You may also take them aside for pitch matching. Help them to recognize that pitches may be different. Get them to identify whether two pitches are higher or lower than one another. ENCOURAGE scooping to fix it.
PLEASE help them to learn HOW to sing in tune. Don’t give up on them.March 19, 2020 at 10:47 am #617927bretthParticipant
Q: What do you call them?
A: Call them a good Vocal Clinician!
Unless there is a psychological or physiological issue, and even if there is… quality vocal tuition is the answer to your question.
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