Nine year old girl with vibrato
Date: November 21, 2014
Greetings from Up North;
I recently agreed to teach voice lessons to a granddaughter of a friend, who is a nine year old girl. I haven't given private lessons to one so young before, though I did teach elementary vocal (general) music for fifteen years. Putting aside the advisability of teaching her at all (please), and admonitions to not push her to be a belter, I would like some advice. She often sings with vibrato, which I've never heard in one so young, except what I felt was artificially produced vibrato by young singers on TV shows. Her vibrato will happen at the end of a phrase, or the bottom of a five-note descending vocalise. Should I 1) discourage it, 2) ignore it, or 3) try to cultivate it?