I recently had a parent contact me about getting a few lessons for their child as they were going for an audition. A lot of parents don’t know where to start in picking songs and assisting their children through the process. Here are 5 tips and tricks to get you started.
- Gather as much information as you can on the audition and what they expect, whether in song choice/presentation ect. It may help to call/check the website/social media or speak to people who have gone for an audition with them before.
- Song choice MUST be something they are comfortable with. If limited time, choose something relatively easy that they can learn quickly, or if they know the song well be able to alter the way they sing it to suit their voice and show that they are adaptable and can be unique. If there is time, take on the challenge of a new song that would suit their voice and be a likely character they would get typecast into. But whatever you/they do, pick a song that they are comfortable with. The last thing a child needs to do is walk into an audition already feeling nervous and not feel confident in what they are doing.
- Song choice should also be in a comfortable range. If they are an alto (have a low voice), picking something that is going to show off that lower range would be better than choosing something that is going to be higher, but they struggle with the notes. Have a listen to the song and pick out the lowest and highest notes in the piece. That should help determine whether it will work or not. It’s great to pick something that fits in with their personality and style.
- Remind your child to have fun with it! If they are relaxed this will come across to the judges and they will be able to get into character a lot more. They often don’t want a cookie cutter performance, so try and change it up a bit to reflect your personality. They will be nervous (of course!) but if they can learn to use the nerves, that will be of great benefit. Something I try and do is practice it so much I know it back to front, and then when waiting for the audition focus on something else to distract me so then I can go in there with a clear mind.
- Remember if you don’t make it, take on their comments knowing you did the best you could and you can only get better from here. The more you put yourself out there the better you will get. Practice makes…better!
Let me know if you need a few lessons, I would be happy to help.