Parents who want their child to sound like Charlotte Church and Jackie Evancho, please read this:
I also agree with many people who commented on this blog, that voice lessons could be beneficial for children as long as they work on age appropriate material.
When I worked for the prep. school, I saw a lot of children there that were extremely talented but unhappy. They practiced all the time (usually forced by their parents) and played concerts and competitions all the time. They weren’t acting like a child, although they were only 10 years old. I wondered what kind of adult life they would lead.
I think children learn a lot from taking musical lessons and classes. They learn/acquire discipline, how to collaborate, creativity, self-confidence, ways to express themselves, just to mention a few. But to push them to the point that they don’t lead a “normal” childhood… I am not sure if I want that for my children.
I just performed my first concert of the year on January 2nd, 2012 at Kaji Aso Studio in Boston. It was a special concert for me, because I was able to perform alongside my father. My father, who is an Indian living in Japan, started studying Japanese folk music couple of years ago. He loves this type of music because of the similarity it has to Indian music, musically and emotionally. He sings it well too! Since I perform mostly Western classical music, I rarely have the opportunity to perform with my father, but this time it worked out very well.
The music performed at this concert were mostly Japanese music. My father performed some old Japanese folk songs as well as one Indian song, and I performed Japanese art songs accompanied by the lovely Linda Papatopoli. Linda and I started a project recently, to create an anthology of Japanese art songs, and this performance was the first sneak peek into what we are working on! You can see the sets of songs we performed here. It is so interesting how much you can find out about a culture through their music…
This was such a great way to start the new year, hopefully filled with music.