Jon Merrill (no login) Posted May 24, 2008 1:08 PM
I know I have posted a post like this in the past, but I thought it might be interesting to some of the new posters.
When I was in music teaching college in the late '60s, the conventional wisdom was that kids should not be given voice lessons until they reached puberty. And so, when I was teaching elementary school chorus after that, mothers would come to me and ask about voice lessons for their daughters, and I would dutifully tell them to wait a couple more years and then do it, when their lungs would be more fully developed.
In the late '70s, Annie changed all that. Now kids have voice lessons much earlier in life and everyone is OK with it, as long as the RIGHT teacher is obtained, one who understands how to correctly work with a young voice.
Charles Strouse once told me that when they first began auditioning girls for Annie, very few of them could hit the high notes necessary. As the years went on, then all of the auditionees that came in could do it, having been listening to and singing along to the OBC album since they were 3.