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Singing Lessons for Mom/Dad and Little One, ZH

Hello there,

One of the things I've noticed that the Swiss community offers that the expat/English speaking community here doesn't is the concept of combined singing lessons for parent and child. (Or lessons for parents to be.)

The focus is to teach the mother or father childrens' songs, rhymes, and lullabies (that they might have forgotten) that they in turn can do with their kids. Music is a great way to interact with babies and toddlers as they're learning language skills. If you want your children to have music in their lives, starting at a young age (and having you being the one singing to them!) is great for developing a musical intuition and for the bonding/fun times that you'll get to have while doing it.

A bit about me: I'm an American, choir conductor by trade, experience being a nanny and tutoring both children and adults in music and other subjects. We could focus the song repertoire on English, American, German, or Swiss songs or any combination thereof.

Hoping to hear from you!

If there is enough response, I might start a group class, otherwise it would be one on one lessons, with me coming to you.
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Old 01.10.2015, 22:47
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Re: Singing Lessons for Mom/Dad and Little One, ZH

I am with you that this is absolutely good to do.
But do people actually have to learn this? Pick up the lyrics from the internet - if you have forgotten them - and start singing again.
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Re: Singing Lessons for Mom/Dad and Little One, ZH

Well, you could use that argument for learning anything, really . . . english, math, knitting, cooking, etc. I've personally found that in person is always better than from the internet.

Plus, it can be hard to motivate yourself to set aside time to learn something new. There's always cooking, cleaning, laundry, a new movie out, a forum to lurk on, what have you. Lessons make you set aside time every week to do something, and it's proven that you practice more if you have a teacher.

Then there's repertoire. I have access to a lot of music that it would be hard to find on the internet, particularly if you're an English-speaking person looking for kids songs in dialekt. I also have access to a bunch of cool folk songs in English that people might not know to look for.

So yeah, lessons are a great thing, for motivation, quality, and the social aspect (particularly in a group setting). That is why people pay professionals to give them. Same as a math tutor, except more fun.
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