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Many singers require no formal training in order to sing.
However, those interested in becoming classical or jazz singers
should begin learning and honing their talent when they are quite
young. Vocal talent can be recognized in grade school students and
even in younger children. In general, however, these early years
are a time of vast development and growth in singing ability.
Evident changes occur in boys' and girls' voices when they are
around 12 to 14 years old, during which time their vocal cords go
through a process of lengthening and thickening. Boys' voices tend
to change much more so than girls' voices, although both genders
should be provided with challenges that will help them achieve
their talent goals. Young students should learn about breath
control and why it is necessary; they should learn to follow a
conductor, including the relationship between hand or baton motions
and the dynamics of the music; and they should learn about musical
concepts such as tone, melody, harmony, and rhythm.
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