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Dorothy Brown Music
Everyone Can Sing

In many cultures around the world, everyone sings. The children are brought up singing. It is a part of their culture.  In these cultures, the idea of tone deafness doesn't exist. It is a common misconception here in the United States that not everyone can learn to sing. I'm not sure where this fallacy first started, but it is absolutely wrong.

All you need is the proper training and a desire. Time and time again, I have seen a student who has a strong desire to learn to sing pass up a student who has a natural gift for singing. I have even witnessed students with disabilities (both mental and physical) who have learned to sing. Granted, some disabilities are severe enough to prevent a student from learning to sing, but for everyone else it is simply a matter of training and desire. (A great example is Jamie Gibson. Visit http://www.jamiehartley.net for an inspiring story about overcoming a disability to be able to sing. I have one of her CDs and have heard her sing. She is truly inspirational.)

If you think you can't, you're right. It's called "self-fulfilling prophecy." A positive attitude is important for learning any new skill. Singing is no different. You have to believe you can and have the humility to learn. Not everyone will learn at the same speed. Patience is also necessary. Adults who come to voice may be ahead in some areas, but have to unlearn bad habits. That's why it is important to start when you are young.

That doesn't mean you should give up if you are an adult. I came to voice as an adult. I had an average range and an average voice. I had been told once at an audition for a musical that I was off key the entire song. Within four years of private voice lessons, I had a singer's voice, a five octave range, and a trained ear that heard things I had never heard.

Dr. Jean Houston of the Foundation
For Mind Research says that
children without access to an arts
program are actually damaging their
brain because they are not using
non-verbal modalities which help
them learn skills like reading,
writing, and math much more
easily [Roehmann, Franz L. &
Wilson, Frank R (1988). The Biology
of Music Making: Proceedings of
The 1984 Denver conference.
St. Louis; MMD Music Inc.]

Neurologist Amit Ray of Max
Healthcare says, music “helps
neurons communicate better,
enhances motor skills and reduces
hyperactivity,” (IBNLive: For kids,
music is therapy. www.ibnlive.com).
To learn more about how music
develops your brain click here.