Why Telling Kids They Can't Sing Could Hurt Them Later in Life…
Why Telling Kids They Can't Sing Could Hurt Them Later in Life
Musical abilities in our kids
more on the benefits that hard work
Focus less on talent
Musical abilities and "unmusical"
all chidren are born to sing
telling them they lack the talent to do so can have lasting repercussions
adults who think of themselves as 'unmusical'
were told as children that they couldn't or shouldn't sing by teachers and family members
if children have a negative view of themselves as singers, they are much less likely to participate in music of any kind
they are much less likely to participate in music of any kind
This talent mindset of music runs counter to what psychologist Carol Dweck calls the 'growth mindset'
:no_entry: "American Idol
they promote the notion that singing is a rare ability reserved for the talented few
that those without such talent entertain us only by being ridiculed and weeded out
Students who view their success as a result of hard work will persevere through challenges, while students who believe their success lies with some innate ability—like 'talent'—are more likely to give up."
drop out of music
lose their singing skills
kids who love music but do not think of themselves as musical
miss out on many of the social and cognitive benefits of music participation
miss the experience of feeling connected to others through song
Children are natural musicians
they readily sing, dance, and play music from the time they are infants
has musical ability that can be developed into a satisfying and lifelong relationship with music
So how can we send children the message that singing is for everyone?
As for my fellow music teachers, I ask that you encourage all of the children in your classrooms, schools, and communities to sing whenever and wherever they get a chance
, discourage a child from singing, it can deliver a fatal blow to the child's musical self-image
" if you are parent, you could sing the music you loved growing up and not worry about how good you sound"
they don't have 'talent :forbidden:
However, as they get older, some children begin to get messages from peers, family members, the media, and (unfortunately) music teachers