Baby/Toddler (from birth to approximately age 4)
From the moment of birth, healthy babies use the larynx and lungs in a vigorous reflex action which is entirely safe. Babies can cry loudly for extended periods of time with no damage to the voice, because of the way they support the breath. Just observe the work in the abdomen when a baby is in full cry! Re-discovering the link between breath support and the larynx, which is so natural to a baby, is fundamental to vocal health in later life.
Childhood (age range 5 to 8 years)
As the baby moves into childhood, the larynx begins to grow and to drop lower in the throat. The increase in the length of the pharynx allows for a wider variation of tone, and the increasing length of the vocal folds allows for a greater variety of pitch.
It is interesting to note that the vocal folds in boys tend to grow at a faster rate than in girls. Despite the slightly larger vocal folds, girls and boys speak at around the same pitch, but girls tend to develop a wider singing range earlier.
Pre-Puberty (9 to 11 years)
A well-structured programme of training can produce very gratifying standards of achievement in this age group.
Professor of Singing, Royal Academy of Music, London
Managing Director & Head of Singing & Music, Musical Theatre UK, London
MTI Award Winning Author for ABRSM Songbooks 1 - 5
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