A few days ago, I upped my nerd points by tweeting Reeve to ask what to do when your toddler sings in a lower key than the one you set.. Yeah, I’m really getting picky here, but please, Popular Kid, don’t abandon me next to the lockers just yet.
We briefly went over vocal development of infants and toddlers in a music ed class I had back in the day. I remember, because we held that class at Carribou Coffee. (Dr. Huff, you’re my fave.) We probably had more than one session on it, but I don’t know, because no coffee. Children’s voices are a little higher than adult voices. I start twitching a little when I hear adults leading kids too low, but I’ve already said too much about that.
We frequently hear our son busting out an “ee-yi-ee-yi-yo” from his crib, and all the pitches are in right relationship to each other. In other words, he’s in tune. When I sing the first line and he responds, sometimes he matches me. Sometimes, he completely ignores whatever key I’m singing in. Is this the new rebellion? Sing in F-sharp when Mom is in G? For real?
So I set out to make a video to capture this phenomenon to show Reeve, whom I’ve never met in person. My nerd points just lifted the roof off the gym. (I fully intend to get to one of her shows and you should, too. March 15th, maybe?)
Please note that I am not auditioning for Y’all Got Talent via this video. This is my “singing with kids” voice. My “singing for other people” voice may or may not be different.
Clearly, this is not what I was going for, but I knew someone would appreciate the uber-cuteness of my son. AND – did you catch that?! It’s like he knew I told people he sang lower than me and decided to overshoot on purpose. Pray for me. My child is extra-rebellious.
Bottom line: Should you worry about how in tune your toddler is? No. Just sing.
Gymnasium roof, you may now return to your rightful place.