Kid Singing Lessons

Singing Lessons for Kids: Does My Child Have “It”?

Kid Singing Lessons

Singing lessons for kids are the perfect way to support your little one’s interest in music. While you know it’s important to encourage kids to dream big, how can you be sure your investment is worth it? Grand Rapids, MI voice teacher Kelsey P. has your answers.


As a voice instructor, I am often asked by the parents, “Does my child have ‘it’?”

This question relates to several different topics, including having a growth versus fixed mindset and how we encourage our kids to work toward long-term goals rather than only short-term rewards. Still, it’s understandable why a parent would want to know whether or not their child is truly interested in singing classes for kids.

When a young, ambitious student declares that they want to be the next Katy Perry in the first lesson (which has happened on more than one occasion), parents want to know how long to encourage their child’s dreams, and at what point to steer them in a new direction.

While I understand the desire to have a professional tell you where your child’s skills really lie, my response is usually not what they want or expect.

Singing Classes for Kids Aren’t About Fame

This is not American Idol. I am not Simon Cowell. I teach singing lessons for kids with various levels of skill and talent. Some of them may actually find careers in music, most of them probably won’t. My point of view is–that’s not the point of taking music lessons.

Let me put this in perspective. Most of my students are young – like 10 years and under. They don’t know what they want to be when they grow up. Even if they want to be Katy Perry now, they may change their minds five more times before they are old enough to make that decision, so it wouldn’t do any good for me to judge them so harshly and force them to make that decision prematurely.

What Are Vocal Classes for Kids for?

My job is to help my students have fun learning how to get better at singing. If you’ve ever worked with children, you know that they are usually learning the most when they are playing. This is why voice classes for kids are comprised of singing games, music games, and songs that kids are interested in. I allow them to have guided fun and encourage them to practice so they can get better. Any instrument gets more fun when your skill improves, so practice is key to having fun!

Not only are kids learning about music in their singing lessons, but they’re also learning about setting goals, building a positive work ethic, and how hard work can actually be enjoyable. Many studies have shown how music education can help math, verbal, and social skills. These are gifts that your child can benefit from for their entire lives. 

Keeping Enthusiasm High

When your child starts any artistic endeavor, it’s important to keep their enthusiasm levels high. Although positive encouragement is helpful, putting excessive amounts of pressure on a kid can take the fun out of the learning experience for them. If they get serious about singing, it will come from their own sense of motivation.

It’s okay to take singing lessons just for a fun way to get some energy out. Even if your child is only interested in belting along with their favorite Frozen chorus, time spent singing is never wasted. Singing lessons for kids are about the process of opening up our voices and our smiles.

Always Worth a Try

The bottom line is this: don’t worry so much about whether your kid has “it” or not. Let them develop naturally as little musicians without the pressure of a career hovering over the both of you. Investing in music education is always a good choice for your child’s development. Instead of focusing on a final goal of stardom, allow your child to discover a tool for self-expression and growth.

If your kid loves to sing, there’s no harm in taking a lesson. Today, connecting with the perfect vocal coach is easier than ever, with many voice lessons being conducted online. This added level of convenience and scheduling flexibility is giving many parents the confidence to support their child’s singing journey, no matter where it leads.


KelseyPKelsey P. teaches singing, songwriting, and guitar lessons in Grand Rapids, MI. I have a Bachelor’s in Music from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI and I have been a full time working musician for two and a half years. Learn more about Kelsey here!



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How to Start a Singing Career

So You Want to Become a Singer? Here’s How to Get There

How to Start a Singing Career

Private lessons? Check. Big dreams? Check! But there’s more to the equation when it comes to singing professionally. Monclova, OH teacher Carrie A. shares her professional experience to inform your own singing journey.

How to Become a Singer

I can’t tell you how many students over the years have come to me asking, “How do you become a singer on TV or Broadway?” before they finish their first vocal lesson. While those are great aspirations to go after, the truth is that it’s better to focus on smaller, more achievable goals as you start out.

Now, I don’t say this to discourage aspiring stars from taking the stage – not at all. The point of managing expectations at the beginning of our singing journey is to 1) stay humble, and 2) recognize that there’s no substitute for hard work and practice.

What I have found is a great way to get started is to look for opportunities to perform right in your own community. It is a serious long shot to go from never performing at all, to being chosen for some sort of reality show. Though you may hear of people winning the vocal lottery on TV, the fact is that many of the singers we know and love had humble beginnings and put in countless hours of practice. No one becomes a singer overnight.

I have performed in front of thousands of people numerous times, including once at Carnegie Hall. I, however, did not start there. I participated in lots of community theater, performed at weddings, did gigs at coffee shops, and performed at other small-scale venues before I had more distinguished opportunities.

I understand the desire to perform in front of large audiences. Still, I strongly encourage my students to take advantage of every opportunity they have to perform, whether big or small. Every performance is an opportunity to learn, grow, and have fun. The following suggestions are ones that I give to my students to help them find opportunities.

First, get a set list together. Whether you are a vocalist or instrumentalist, you need to have at least 10 songs that are performance-ready. Don’t be in a hurry with this step – look for songs that mean something to you and flow well together. Work with your music instructor to find what fits your singing style and go with that.

Second, gear up for rejection. You will be told no, probably multiple times. Don’t stop until you get a yes! Every successful person has gone through their fair share of rejection. I’m a professional singer, and I’ve had to deal with the same thing. Don’t take it personally, just move on and get excited for when someone says yes.

Third, connect with area charity organizations and ask if they need music at their next fundraiser. It will be a chance to use music to strengthen the community and possibly create more connections for future performances.

Fourth, think of places you can give back and get performance experience at the same time. For example, lots of nursing homes will jump at the chance to have you come and entertain their guests.

Opportunities like these are rewarding on many different levels. It feels good to use your talents for a positive and uplifting cause.

Finally, don’t look down on any opportunity that comes your way. Remember, in the beginning, it’s all about getting yourself out there and letting people know you are available. This will help you hone your skills and build your network. Vocal students wondering how to become a singer on the professional level need to understand that even the most ambitious goals happen one step at a time.

If that means you start by singing the national anthem at a local high school basketball game, so be it. One of my students did that very thing and now is invited by major car racing events to do the national anthem. She went from performing at the local high school to singing in front of 30,000 people during a televised event! The bottom line is this: in the beginning, nothing is too small if you really want to become a singer.

Whether you’re singing in the shower or Madison Square Garden, your love for music will propel you forward. Enjoy where you are today, pour your heart into each and every performance, and create a rewarding musical future!


CarrieACarrie A. teaches guitar and singing lessons in Monclova, OH. She has a BA in music and business, and has been teaching professionally for over 10 years. Learn more about Carrie here!



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Greetings in French Language

15 Greetings in French: How to Properly Meet & Greet Someone in France

Greetings in French Language

Bonjour! How much do you know about French greetings and salutations? Learning how to say “good morning” in French, along with other basic greetings, is usually the first task that aspiring French speakers take on.

Properly greeting someone can open up new connections as well as deepen existing ones. Pronouncing “Hello, how are you?” correctly in French may seem like a small feat, but it can have a big impact on your conversations with French speakers throughout the world.

Here are a few easy greetings in French, so you can make an excellent first impression!

15 French Greetings to Know

Just like with other Romantic languages, there is no one-sized-fits-all approach to greeting others in French. The greeting you use depends on your relationship with the other person, the time of day, and the social setting. Properly greeting people is polite, so knowing when to use each greeting is as critical as knowing the greeting itself.

After we cover the fundamental phrases you need to know, we’ll also look at some basics of French etiquette, including the dos and don’ts of greeting people with the language. 

To get a jump start on pronouncing some of the most common French greetings, check out this short video! Then, we’ll dive into greater detail below.

Greeting Phrases in French

1. Bonjour – Good morning / hello

Wondering how to say “good morning” in French? You can use bonjour to say either “good morning” or “hello” to someone when you’re seeing them for the first time of the day. If you encounter the same person again later in the day, it’s appropriate to use a less formal version of “hello.”

2. Enchanté(e) – Nice to meet you

In a more formal setting, it’s polite to indicate that you’re delighted to meet someone after they introduce themselves, and this phrase is the perfect way to do so.

3. Bonsoir – Good evening / hello

This greeting is used in similar situations as bonjour but is reserved for the evening.

4. Salut – Hi

Considered one of the more casual French greetings, salut is appropriate when you see someone again later in the day.

5. Coucou – Hey

Close friends use this French greeting often. You can skip the formal bonjour and use this word, or even ciao, when seeing close comrades.

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6. Ça fait longtemps, dis donc – Long time, no see

A typical greeting between old friends, young French people tend to use this phrase often.

7. Âllo – Hello

This French greeting is used exclusively for conversations on the telephone.

8. Ça va? – How are you?

A very simple way to ask someone how they are doing is to say Ça va? It’s a condensed version of the question Comment ça va? – How are you doing? Either version is correct and can be used in formal and casual settings.

9. Tu vas bien? – How are you doing?

Literally translated to “are you doing well?” this is a polite way to ask someone how they are when you’re expecting a positive reply.

10. Quoi de neuf? – What’s up?

This is a very casual French greeting, so we recommend using it only with close friends.

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Parting Phrases in French

Now that you know how to say hello in French, you need to learn how to properly part ways! Just like with greetings, these parting phrases can differ based on the context.

11. Au revoir! – Goodbye!

Rather formal, this is a safe way to say goodbye in French no matter the social setting.

12. Salut! – Bye!

This French word for “goodbye” is much more casual than au revoir.

13. Ciao! – See ya!

This phrase is Italian in origin, but is popular among the younger French population.

14. À plus! – Later!

This is one of those easy greetings in French and a simple way to indicate that you’ll see them at a later, unspecified time.

15. À demain! – See you tomorrow!

The word demain can be replaced with any day of the week if you know that you will see the other person soon.

Dos and Don’ts for French Greetings

The proper etiquette for greeting people in France relies on a few factors. While it’s expected and considered polite to greet everyone, from colleagues to shopkeepers, the way you greet each person depends on your relationship and the setting. For example:

  • Les bises (kisses) are a typical greeting when meeting friends in France.

Depending on the region of France, la bise can include one, two, or even three little kisses on the cheek. If in doubt, let the other person initiate and move to one side of your face or the other. The kisses generally begin on the right side of the face.

  • A handshake is a greeting that is reserved for formal or business settings.

When entering a meeting for work, it’s normal for colleagues to offer a firm handshake. It’s also common for men to greet with a handshake rather than with une bise.

  • A hug, contrary to American greetings, is reserved for close family members or significant others only. Wondering how to say “family” in French? It’s une famille.

A hug is seen as an invasion of privacy to the French, and can make someone feel uncomfortable if you don’t know them well enough. Save your hugs for your close friends!

Learn More French Greetings & Phrases

An appropriate greeting is just the beginning of a beautiful conversation in French. These guides can provide you with the phrases you need to carry your conversations further:

Want to learn even more French? Your options are endless with TakeLessons! To start, try working one-on-one with a French tutor near you. If you want even greater levels of flexibility, online French classes make it possible to work with a French teacher anywhere in the world, from the comfort of your own home.

No matter what your goals are when it comes to learning French, we wish you the best on your linguistic journey. Au revoir!

Post Author: Jinky B.
Jinky B. teaches French and ESL. She has her Bachelors in French, French Literature, and Psychology from Florida State University and has been teaching since 2008. Learn more about Jinky B. here!

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Violin Sheet Music: How to Read and Play

How to Read Violin Notes: A Beginner’s Guide

Violin Sheet Music: How to Read and Play

Learning how to read violin sheet music is a challenging but important task.

Being able to read music off of the page unlocks an entire world of musical potential. When you develop your sight-reading skills, playing a new piece of music can be as easy as reading these words.

Playing by ear is a wonderful and valuable skill that can come in handy in many situations, especially when it comes to improvising. However, learning how to read violin sheet music is necessary if you aspire to perform with an orchestra, quartet, or band.

Once you’ve learned how to read violin notes, you’ll be able to play any piece of music you set your mind to. Learning a new piece is exponentially easier when you can interpret the sheet music. The good news is that you can learn how to read music while building up other fundamental violin techniques such as scales, finger positions, and bowing

Below, we will walk you through how to read violin sheet music and then test your knowledge with a quick quiz.

How to Read Violin Sheet Music: Step by Step

The Staff

The journey of learning how to read sheet music starts with the staff. The staff is the set of five horizontal lines on which notes are placed in standard violin sheet music.

There are seven notes of which all music is based: A, B, C, D, E, F and G. Once you get to G, you would start back over with A and the cycle would repeat again, getting higher in pitch as you go up the staff.

There are also multiple pitches that correspond with the same letter in music. For instance, there are several different A’s on the violin. They are just in varying forms of higher or lower pitches.

how to read violin notesThe Notes on the Lines

The easiest way to learn violin music notes is to divide the staff up into lines and spaces.

These are the notes that fall on the lines of the staff, meaning the notes directly on top of the lines, with the lines intersecting them.

how to read violin notes

Starting from the bottom line, begin to memorize each note going up the top line. One popular mnemonic device you may have heard is “Every Good Boy Does Fine.” Another is “Elvis’ Guitar Broke Down Friday.”

These devices can be really handy to help you memorize the notes! You can also start with a beginner violin book, such as Essential Elements for Strings Volume I, which will give you some great exercises to help you memorize and learn these notes.

The Notes on the Spaces

Next, there are the violin music notes that fall in between the lines – on the spaces:

how to read violin notes

Another great mnemonic device applies here. If you look at the notes starting from the bottom note up to the top note, you will see that the letters spell F-A-C-E. And that of course rhymes with space. It’s quite catchy and memorable: “Face is in the space!”

Whenever you’re practicing or working from an exercise book make sure to keep these mnemonic devices in mind. If you forget the name of a note, first determine whether the note falls on a space or a line.

Then take your finger or a pencil and point to each note from the bottom on up, while saying aloud the corresponding mnemonic device to refresh your memory. See, learning how to read violin notes isn’t that hard after all!

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Ledger Lines

The five lines and four spaces aren’t quite enough to contain the entire spectrum of violin notes. In order to place these violin music notes, we use small lines or dashes called “ledger lines.” The notes can fall on the lines or in the spaces between them just like the five lines of the staff.

In the G scale chart above, you’ll notice that there are other notes that fall below the staff (lower in pitch) and above the staff (higher in pitch.)

To read these notes you can use the ones on the staff that you already know as a reference point to figure them out.

Important Symbols on the Staff

A very important part of learning how to read violin notes is memorizing the different symbols you might come across on the staff. If you look over some violin sheet music or an exercise book, you’ll notice some new symbols at the beginning of each staff line.
how to read violin notes

The Treble Clef

You may recognize the fancy swirly symbol at the beginning of the staff as a clef. Clef symbols are reference points that name a specific note on the staff from which the names of all the other notes are based.

Lower pitched instruments use other clefs with different reference points, such as bass or alto clef. But in violin (as well as higher pitched instruments such as flute and trumpet) we use the treble clef.

The main thing a beginner should take from this is that if you’re looking at sheet music with a treble clef on it, it signifies that the music is suitable to be played on the violin.

Key Signature

Next, you’ll see the key signature, which is very important to pay attention to because it will tell you whether or not you have any flat or sharp notes in the song.

  • A flat note (i.e. B flat) is a half-step lower in pitch than the base note (B) and is signified by this symbol: ♭
  • A sharp note (i.e. C sharp) is a half-step higher in pitch than the base note (C) and is signified by this symbol: #

how to read violin notes

If you see a flat symbol in the key signature, look at the line or space that is striking through the center of the symbol and determine which note corresponds to the line or space.

Now throughout the duration of the piece (whether it’s a higher or lower version of that note) you will be playing the flat version of that note.

The same goes for when you see a sharp symbol in the key signature. Take a close look at the sharp symbol and notice that there is a little skewed square right in the middle of the symbol.

Whichever note corresponds to the line or space that the square forms around will be the note that will become sharp throughout the piece.

Sometimes there will be multiple sharps or a combination of sharps and flats. If you don’t see any sharps or flats in your key signature, you can just assume that all the notes in the piece are going to be your normal or “natural” notes.

Any notes that are not mentioned in the key signature are assumed to be natural notes as well.

Time Signature

Next in line is the time signature. The time signature lets you know how to count a piece or how many beats are in each measure.

The staff is divided by vertical lines into segments called “measures,” which will contain a certain number of beats depending on what your time signature says.

The top number in the time signature tells you how many beats are in each measure. Once the allotted number of beats have been counted out, it’s time to move on to the next measure and start the counting over again.

The bottom number describes the length of the beat. If you have a 4 on the bottom (most common) that would signify that you are basing your beat off of the length of a quarter note.

These are the numbers you’ll be seeing on the bottom of the time signature and which note lengths they correspond to:

  • 2 = half note
  • 4 = quarter note
  • 8 = eighth note
  • 16 = sixteenth note

These are the most common time signatures you will see:

how to read violin notes

The 4/4 time signature is so common that it is referred to as “common time” and often, you will see a C on the music where the time signature would normally be which means to play the piece in 4/4 time.

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Quiz Yourself on How to Read Violin Notes

Now that you understand all the symbols and signatures at the beginning of a violin song, you’re ready to start reading notes.

Remembering your mnemonic devices can help you read the notes on the staff, but will you be able to identify the notes that fall off the staff?

As discussed earlier, there are many notes that will fall above the staff and a couple that fall below it.

Just remember that if you know the notes on the staff, you can count up or down using the alphabet to figure out any note you come across.

Test yourself with the chart below.

Starting with the top line, which you know is an F, count up alphabetically to figure out what note this is. Make sure you count each space and line!

how to read violin notes

If you guessed D, you’re right!

Now that you understand the basics of how to read violin notes, you’re ready to start putting it all together. You can now begin to learn about how these notes on written sheet music correspond to the notes on your violin, which is discussed thoroughly in this article.

While we covered a lot of information in this post, online resources such as these are no substitute for a violin teacher. Your teacher can provide you with a personalized, step-by-step approach to mastering how to read violin sheet music, while answering any questions you may have along the way.

If you’re looking to improve your musical skills from the comfort of your own home, online violin lessons are a great option. Your teacher can share their screen and explain the various elements of sheet music in a fun and accessible way. Through real-time feedback, you can develop proper playing habits and make the most out of your time on the instrument.

The time you spend learning how to read music is well worth it. The more you practice, the more the notes will jump off the page and onto your violin!

Post Author: Naomi Cherie S.
Naomi teaches violin in Austin, TX. She is a classically trained violinist with over 20 years of experience and a diverse musical background. Learn more about Naomi Cherie S. here.

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Great Violin Songs to Play

50 Easy Violin Songs for Beginners (That Sound Impressive)

Great Violin Songs to Play

When you’re just starting out on the violin, it’s important that you have some easy violin songs to help you stay motivated and maximize your fun.

Simple violin music can be just as beautiful as its complicated counterparts, and you don’t have to be Paganini to play some expressive and rewarding melodies. Knowing just a handful of notes, you can play tunes from a variety of styles.

If you’re new to violin lessons, your teacher can help you learn some of these beginner violin songs with proper dynamics and technique. With each lesson, you’ll build upon the fundamentals while taking on new material.

Use the following list to discover easy violin music across a variety of genres, including classical, pop, and Irish fiddle. We’ve also included some holiday favorites, as well as the top songs for kids to learn. Read on to find out your new number one violin song!

Easy Violin Songs for Beginners

Easy Fiddle Songs and Celtic Violin Tunes

easy fiddle songs

When it comes to simple fiddle tunes, the traditional Irish and Scottish repertoire contains some of the most iconic songs around. From soaring Celtic anthems to lilting and joyous themes, these simple tunes can pack a serious emotional punch.

Celtic music also heavily influenced the fiddle music of the United States, and many catchy fiddle classics came out of the Appalachians. These are also wonderful songs for beginners to learn. In fact, you may recognize some of the following tunes from the popular country-folk collection!

There are quite a few violin books with traditional (and often easy) Irish songs and fiddling songs. Several of the songs below can be found in “Fiddler’s Philharmonic.” Check out the easy violin sheet music for these songs here.

1. “Bile ‘Em Cabbage Down”

2. “Cripple Creek”
3. “Old Joe Clark”
4. “Arkansas Traveler”
5. Swallowtail Jig”
6. “Si Bheag, Si Mhor”
7. “Scarborough Fair”
8. “St. Anne’s Reel”
9. “Ashokan Farewell”
10. “Oh Susanna”

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Easy Violin Songs For Kids

easy violin songs for kids

Do you have a budding violinist at home? If so, then it’s a great idea for them to learn songs they can already sing by heart! When your child practices tunes on the violin that they are already familiar with, they’ll be able to tell which notes are correct and be more motivated to play.

Building confidence is important when your child is first starting out on an instrument, and these simple violin songs make it possible for them to showcase their skills as soon as possible. They’ll be sure to celebrate when they get their first few melodies down!

Note: The songs marked as rounds are particularly fun when you have more than one player or singer, and they allow you to create some relatively simple, beautiful harmonies.

1. “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”

2. “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
3. “Hot Cross Buns (round)”
4. “Go Tell Aunt Rhody”
5. “Frère Jacques” (Brother John – round)
6. “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” (round)”
7. “Have You Seen the Ghost of John” (round)
8. “London Bridge is Falling Down”
9. “Old McDonald Had a Farm”
10. “The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round”
11. “Des Colores” (The Colors)
12. “Los Pollitos Dicen” (The Chicks Say…)

Popular Violin Music for Beginners

Easy Violin Songs for Beginners

If your goal is to perform live for a group someday, playing one of these popular tunes is sure to captivate your audience. The good news is that your big performance doesn’t have to be too far away, since you can quickly learn these sing-alongs!

1. “America the Beautiful”

2. “House of the Rising Sun”
3. “Drink to me Only With Thine Eyes”
4. “Titanic Theme: Wherever you Go”
5. “Little Brown Jug”
6. “Do a Deer”
7. “A Thousand Years”
8. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

See Also: 15 Easy Violin Songs That Make You Sound Impressive

Classical Violin Songs for Beginners

Easy Violin Songs for Beginners

Think you have to stick within the pop and folk realm to play beginner violin songs? Then think again. There are plenty of simple violin songs in the classical music repertoire. While the list here attempts to target those pieces that have become more common as solos, there are also many other famous classical melodies from larger works that are easy to play on the violin.

1. “Greensleeves / What Child is This”

2. “Ode to Joy”
3. “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring”
4. “Bach’s Minuets 1, 2, and 3 in G from the Anna Magdelena Notebook”
5. “Schubert’s Ave Maria”
6. “Amazing Grace”

Easy Christmas Violin Songs

Easy Violin Songs for Beginners

If you’re looking for easy Christmas duets specifically, Christmas Duets for Violin and Other C Instruments by the Hal Leonard Corporation is a great place to look.

If you’re playing alone, you can also play the melody part as a solo. Some of the songs from this book can be found in the list below.

1. “Feliz Navidad”

2. “Hava Naguila”
3. “Oh Hannukah
4. “Happy Birthday to You”
5. “We Three Kings”
6. “Silent Night”
7. “Joy To the World”
8. “Jingle Bells”
9. “Deck the Halls”
10. “Oh Holy Night”
11. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
12. “Frosty the Snowman”
13. “Little Drummer Boy”
14. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”

Easy Violin Sheet Music

In order to play these songs, you’ll need sheet music! Here are some of the best online resources for violin sheet music:

Violin Videos for Beginners

There are also several helpful YouTube channels that will not only give you the sheet music, but also demonstrate how to play various songs.

If you’re looking for even more videos, this guide has great violin YouTube tutorials.

So, there you have it, our list of easy violin songs that you or your child can play today! You can use this list as a resource until you’re ready to move onto intermediate material. Even as your skills progress, you can return to these easy tunes to warm up or unwind.

The best way to approach the violin is with the help of a teacher. Building proper playing habits is important when starting out, and only a violin instructor can give you the personalized guidance you need to reach your full potential on the instrument.

Even if you’ve hardly touched a bow before, you can use in-person or online violin lessons to get a jumpstart on your musical journey today!

Do you have a favorite violin song? Let us know in the comments below!

Carol BPost Author: Carol Beth L.
Carol Beth teaches violin in San Francisco, CA. She currently plays viola in the San Francisco Civic Orchestra and has been teaching students since 2012. Learn more about Carol Beth!

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Spanish for Kids

Spanish for Kids: 19 Easy Words and Phrases

Spanish for Kids

Looking for ways to incorporate more basic Spanish words into your child’s everyday vocabulary? When it comes to Spanish for kids, the key is to keep it simple and fun.

Although the best way to learn Spanish is with a tutor, there are certain things you can do at home to reinforce what your child is learning during Spanish lessons. It’s important for your child to put in a bit of practice every day, so practicing alongside your child is a great way to reinforce positive study habits.

There are plenty of reasons for your child to learn Spanish. Not only will they be able to connect with Spanish speakers, but they’ll also be better equipped to pick up additional languages in the future. Many language enthusiasts find that once you have one foreign language down, learning another one is much easier!

Use the following list of Spanish words for children to incorporate even more vocabulary into your daily activities. Sprinkle a little Spanish in throughout your day, and your child will discover just how fun the language can be!

19 Spanish Words for Beginners

Hola/Adiós (Hello/Goodbye)

Practically every conversation starts with a greeting and ends with a goodbye.Hola” and “adios” are typically the first words that aspiring Spanish speakers learn. Use these to greet your child and say your goodbyes, and you’ll be taking a great first step on your Spanish journey!

Por favor/Gracias (Please/Thank you)

Polite manners and gratitude are as important in Spanish as they are in any culture. Teaching your child to say “please” and “thank you” in Spanish will help them be kind to others, even while their language skills are still developing.

For extra practice, try using these words during mealtimes. You can use por favor after a request, but you can also use it at the beginning of a sentence. For example, “Por favor, escúchame” (please listen to me).

There are also many different ways to use gracias. You can use it as a stand-alone “thank you,” or with more detail:  “Gracias por la ayuda” (thanks for the help).

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Me gusta/No me gusta (I like/I don’t like)

We all know how much children like to share their opinions, so it’s no wonder these are two of the most important Spanish phrases for kids out there! Your child will be eager to pick up these phrases and practice them on you.

Me gusta(n) ___ literally means “___ is pleasing to me,” but in English it’s translated as, “I like.”

Because of the literal meaning, we must add the -n if the item you like is plural. Similarly, if you don’t like something, you can say, “No me gusta(n).” To help your son or daughter practice, ask him or her, “¿Te gusta(n) ___?” (do you like __?).

He or she can then reply, “Sí, me gusta(n) ___,” or “No, no me gusta(n).”

Lo siento (I’m sorry)

No list of Spanish words for beginners is complete without the phrase “I’m sorry.” This expression comes in handy when one is still learning the basics of a language. It’s also very useful for when kids are playing together, or if a child needs to show sympathy and apologize.

Necesito/Quiero (I need/want)

Every kid loves to express their needs and desires, and in Spanish it’s even more fun. Kids can use these words to communicate basic ideas like “quiero jugo” (I want juice) or “no necesito ayuda” (I don’t need help).

Gato/Perro (Cat/Dog)

When it comes to learning Spanish for kids, nothing beats a visit to the animal kingdom! To reinforce the meaning of these simple Spanish words for beginners, you can ask questions like “¿Dónde está el gato?” (where is the cat?) if you have a furry family pet.

Pequeño/Grande (Little/Big)

Size is omnipresent in a child’s life, from a small bug they see in the garden to a big dog they see at the park. Use these Spanish adjectives to make your descriptions more specific: “¡Qué grande el perro!” (What a big dog!)

Bien/Mal (Well/Badly)

These adverbs come in handy to describe the way something happens. With kids, you can use both words to describe feelings: “Estoy bien” (I’m fine.)

Alto/Adelante (Stop/Go)

These two simple Spanish words are great for a game of “red light, green light” in Spanish, or for getting kids’ attention on the street.

In Spanish culture, being polite is also very important, and the words alto and adelante can allow you to be courteous to others (ie. when stopping to allow someone else to go ahead).

SEE ALSO: How to Say the Colors in Spanish

Practice Time!

Do your children learn better visually? For some extra practice, have them watch this quick tutorial and repeat the basic words after our Spanish teacher Rosita R.

Infographic: Spanish Words for Children

Here is a fun image to remind you of the words we studied and practiced above. Save it on your phone to help you memorize all of these basic Spanish words in no time!

Spanish Vocabulary for KIds

Most of all, have fun introducing your child to Spanish! Use this guide on Spanish for kids to have lively, descriptive conversations whenever you want.

While daily learning habits are important, a Spanish teacher is critical to maximizing your child’s potential with the language. If you want to take your kid’s Spanish skills to the next level, consider signing up for Spanish lessons or online Spanish classes for free!

Joan BannaJoan B. lives in Carmichael, CA and has been teaching high school Spanish for more than 18 years. Joan aims to help students improve on tests and increase their conversational ability when traveling to Spanish-speaking countries. Learn more about Joan here!

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How to Teach Online

The Ultimate Guide to Online Teaching

How to Teach Online

The TakeLessons team is here to help teachers transition to online lessons. Our signature online learning platform was created to ensure that teachers and students can continue to thrive at home. In this article, you’ll learn how to activate your profile for online teaching, what technology you need to teach online, best practices for online lessons, and resources you have for support during this difficult time.

How Are Online Lessons Different?

Teachers around the world are able to share their specialties with students in an online classroom through two-way video that streams live. This is not your average YouTube tutorial; it’s live, one-on-one instruction in real time. Teachers and students receive a custom link that is the access point to their shared online classroom. When logged in, the teacher can guide the student through a lesson plan in their subject of choice. Through video, students can ask questions and teachers can provide feedback.

Online lessons are different from in-person lessons in three main ways.

  • Teachers and students rely on technology for connection.
  • Teachers and students may have external audio and visual distractions, making it more challenging for focus and concentration during the lesson.
  • Teachers and students gain scheduling flexibility, without physical travel needs.

Best Practices for Teaching Online Lessons & Preparing Online Lesson Plans

If you are new to teaching online, you may be wondering how your lesson preparation and teaching style should adjust and evolve. We collected best practices to help you succeed. If you’re an experienced online teacher, share your tips in the comments below!


  • Collaborative Lesson Content: When you’re preparing an online lesson plan, aim for subject content that requires active participation from students. Teachers and students will benefit from collaboration during online lessons. Rather than lecture at students, get creative and engage your students in the lesson.
  • Step-by-Step Instruction: Outlines and lesson plans are every teacher’s secret weapons for success. During your preparation, write down step-by-step instructions for students. Practice your lesson; speak clearly and slowly, and articulate thoughtfully.
  • Always Test Your Tech First: Before online lessons are scheduled to begin, make sure you test out your internet connection, TakeLessons Classroom link, camera, and speaker. Don’t wait until the last minute to address technical problems.


  • Get to Know Your Student: Just because you’re not in the same physical room together doesn’t mean you can’t get to know your student. Consider starting each online lesson with a new ice-breaker question. Topics could include favorite travel experience, favorite live concert, or subject-specific goals. The personalization will lighten the digital mood, and it will help with online student retention.
  • Encourage Questions: Don’t assume that your student understands the subject. Online lessons are live in action! And that means that teachers should encourage questions throughout the lesson. Student questions are essential for learning.
  • Give Feedback in Real Time: Whether you’re teaching language, music, or academic lessons, there is always an opportunity to provide feedback on student performance. Pay close attention to your student’s progress, and provide positive or constructive feedback during the lesson. Your student will appreciate the one-on-one attention.


  • Ask for Feedback: How did the online lesson go? Communicate with your students to learn what went well and what you can improve on for the next session. Student interests and goals can change, and with proper communication, you can stay on track.
  • Create Virtual Office Hours: When the lesson ends, learning doesn’t have to stop. To add value for your students, consider allowing them to send you questions during off-lesson hours. You could respond in real time, or you could prepare your answers for the next online lesson. The extra effort will help with online student retention.

How to Get Started Teaching Online

The good news is, you are just a few steps away from activating your profile for online teaching. We have step-by-step instructions for how to opt into online teaching in your TakeLessons account. Teachers with active TakeLessons accounts should follow these seven steps. When these updates are complete, you are on your way to teaching online.

  1. Log in to your TakeLessons account.
  2. Open your Profile page.
  3. Open the Locations tab.
  4. Under Teach Online, click Set Up Online.
  5. Click Use TakeLessons Classroom with New Students.
  6. To accept online students in your subjects, click Add All My Subjects to This Location.
  7. Click Save.

Next up, it’s time to adjust your availability for online teaching hours. Is your online teaching availability different from your in-person schedule? Let your online students know. Here are the step-by-step instructions for updating your online teaching availability.

  1. While logged in to your TakeLessons account, open your Availability page.
  2. Select your Online location.
  3. Click and drag your mouse in the schedule area to set availability. Times you’re available to teach should be colored in; times you aren’t available should be blank.
  4. When you’re finished setting up your online availability, click Confirm Availability.

For screenshot examples and more information, read our support article.

Technology & Tools for Online Teaching Success

With the right technology and tools in place, online teaching is a convenient, enjoyable, and profitable way to connect with students and advance your skills from the comfort of your home studio. All online teacher partners have access to TakeLessons Classroom, our customized video chat software that enables live, interactive lessons with online students. In order to use the software, teachers are required to have a computer, internet access, webcam, and microphone. Optional add-ons to support teacher performance include headphones and multiple cameras. Read on for more details.

  • A fast and reliable computer: This can be a desktop, laptop, or tablet. A faster system means a more reliable connection for lessons.
  • High-speed internet: At least 400 kbps (standard Cable or DSL connection should work just fine – no dial up). If you want the best video chat experience, plug directly into the wall. Test your connection here. (Note: 1 Mbps = 1000Kbps)
  • Video chat software: Partners can teach online students through TakeLessons Classroom. It’s free, easy to use, and doesn’t require you to download software.
  • Webcam: Preferably HD – your students will notice a difference. If your computer or tablet was purchased within the last 5 years, your camera is good enough.
  • Microphone: Most laptops and tablets have great mics built in. If you are teaching a subject like singing, you may want to invest in a USB external microphone.
  • Headphones: Many teachers use the speakers in their computer. Headphones can enhance the experience and eliminate distracting background noise. 

Helpful Resources for Online Teacher Partners

We are all in this together! We have a Facebook group for TakeLessons teachers, and you’re officially invited to join. Connect with your fellow teachers and share stories and advice with each other during the transition. Join the Facebook group!

Do you want extra help to promote your online classes on social media? Take a photo of your online teaching setup, describe your lessons, and share it on Instagram. Tag @takelessons or #takelessons so we can re-share your photo with our followers.

Do you have more questions? We offer more answers in Teacher Support.


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Learn How to Conjugate Verbs in the Spanish Preterite

How to Conjugate Verbs in the Spanish Preterite (Past Tense)

Past Tense (Preterite) Conjugation: How to Conjugate Spanish Verbs

Spanish past tense conjugations are necessary for describing situations and events that have already happened. Preterite endings are one of the basic building blocks of Spanish that are fundamental to any conversation. Once you learn these conjugations, you’ll be able to talk about so much more with friends and family!

[This is Part 3 of a guide to conjugating Spanish verbs. In previous posts, we’ve reviewed the basics of conjugating Spanish verbs, as well as how to conjugate stem-changers.]

Why Learn the Preterite Endings?

If you’ve learned the basics of verb conjugation in the present tense, you’ve probably realized how limited you are without knowing the past tense versions of the verbs. Trying to describe only what’s happening in the immediate present, without being able to explain what happened even five seconds ago, is nearly impossible! This reveals how important it is to learn Spanish past tense conjugations.

In this post, we’re going to take your verb conjugation skills to a higher level. This involves learning Spanish preterite endings, so that you aren’t restricted to only describing actions that are happening in the here-and-now.

How to Conjugate Verbs in the Spanish Preterite

Before we dive in, it’s important to note that there are two types of Spanish past tense conjugations: the preterite and the imperfect. Here, we’ll start with Spanish preterite conjugations and review the imperfect in a future post.

The Spanish preterite tense is a way to express the past, and it breaks down verbs into five different endings. Keep reading to learn how to change a verb into its past tense form by using preterite endings.

Preterite -AR Endings in Spanish Verbs

Here is an example using the Spanish verb mirar (to watch). First, shave off the -ar ending. Then…

  • If you are referring to Yo or ‘I,’ add the letter é to end the conjugated verb, forming miré.
  • If you are referring to  or ‘you,’ use the ending –aste, to form miraste.
  • If you are referring to él or ella or ‘he’ or ‘she,’ use the ending –ó to form miró.
  • If you are referring to nosotros or ‘we,’ use the ending –amos to form miramos. (This is the same as present tense conjugation!)
  • If you are referring to ellos or ‘they,’ use the ending –aron, to form miraron.

SEE ALSO: 46 Spanish Adjectives to Describe All Your Friends

Conjugating -ER Verbs in the Spanish Preterite

Now let’s use comer (to eat), as an example. First, shave off the -er ending. Next…

  • If you are referring to Yo or ‘I,’ use the ending –í, (instead of é) to form comí.
  • If you are referring to  or ‘you,’ use the ending –iste, to form comiste.
  • If you are referring to él or ella or ‘he’ or ‘she,’ use the ending –, to form comió.
  • If you are referring to nosotros or ‘we,’ use the ending –imos, to form comimos.
  • If you are referring to ellos or ‘they,’ use the ending –ieron, to form comieron.

Conjugating -IR Verbs in the Spanish Preterite

Conjugating -ir verbs shares the same rules as conjugating -er verbs. See the following chart as an example.

Vivir (to live):
Yo viví
Tú viviste
Él/Ella/Usted vivió
Nosotros vivimos
Ellas/Ellos/Ustedes vivieron

SEE ALSO: 75 Most Helpful Spanish Cognates

Ready for some Spanish past tense conjugation practice? Fill out the following chart:

Spanish Conjugation Chart - Preterite

12 Irregular Spanish Preterite Endings

There are 12 core verbs in Spanish that have irregular past tense conjugations in the preterite tense. Yes, that means that you’ll need to commit each irregular verb conjugation to memory. Fortunately, their main endings are similar to what we’ve already learned in this post: –é, –iste, –imos, –isteis, –ieron/*eron. Below are the 12 verbs, also known as “the dirty dozen.”

Spanish Dirty Dozen - Irregular Past Tense Conjugations

Let’s conjugate estar as an example:

Estar (to be):
Yo estuve
Tú estuviste
Él/Ella/Usted estuvo
Nosotros estuvimos
Ellas/Ellos/Ustedes estuvieron

Now that you know how to conjugate Spanish past tense verbs, you’re one step closer to becoming fluent in Spanish. With both present and past tense verb conjugations under your belt, the future tense will be no problem! You can return to this guide whenever you need a refresher on Spanish past tense conjugations and preterite endings.

While resources such as this one are important for getting down the nuts and bolts of Spanish, working with a Spanish tutor is a sure-fire way to maximize your potential with the language. Outside of total immersion in a Spanish-speaking country, personalized lessons are the best way to get the conversational practice you need to become fluent.

Online Spanish classes are also a great way to work on your skills and make new friends. The convenience of an online classroom allows you to build communication skills, no matter where you are! Before you know it, you’ll be using verbs with preterite endings in everyday Spanish conversations.

Remember, the formula for learning a language is simple: The more you speak, study, and listen to Spanish, the better your conversational skills will become. Buena suerte!


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Jason N. tutors in English and Spanish in Fairfax, CA. He majored in Spanish at UC Davis, lived in Mexico for 3 years where he completed a Master’s degree in Counseling, and studied Spanish Literature and Psychology at the University of Costa Rica. Learn more about Jason here! 

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Best Talent Show Songs to Sing

50+ Soulful Songs to Sing at a Talent Show

Best Talent Show Songs to Sing

When it comes to the most beautiful songs to sing at a talent show, you can never have enough options to choose from!

Whether the talent show is competitive or not, it is a great way to showcase your vocal skills. The goal of taking home the prize can motivate you to master some of the tunes for what could be the performance of a lifetime!

Public performances help you overcome stage fright and gain experience using a microphone while singing with a background track or even a band. With every performance, you’ll learn valuable skills in how to prepare and present your voice. But it does take courage to hit the stage!

If you’re feeling shy, nervous, or just don’t know what song to sing, this article will help you prepare. Check out the 50 best songs to sing, and stick around till the end.

50+ Most Beautiful Songs to Sing at Talent Shows 

If this is your first talent show or if you’re new to performing, choose a song you know – one that you have practiced a lot and are comfortable singing.

You’ll sound better and look more comfortable on stage when you feel confident with the song you’re singing. Pick one of your favorite shower tunes or car-singing anthems that you know like the back of your hand, and let it fly! 

Some of the most beautiful songs to sing at a talent show are ones with simple lyrics that you can remember. Steer away from overly wordy tunes, unless you’re 100% confident in your lyrical recollection!

To help you start brainstorming, here are more than 50 soulful songs to sing for your next performance.

Traditional/Folk Songs

  1. “Amazing Grace”
  2. “God Bless America”
  3. “Danny Boy”
  4. “This Land is Your Land”
  5. “Leaving on a Jet Plane” by John Denver
  6. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel
  7. “The Rainbow Connection”
  8. “Puff the Magic Dragon” by Peter, Paul and Mary
  9. “Shenandoah”
  10. “This Little Light of Mine”


  1. “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin
  2. “Imagine” by John Lennon
  3. “Killing Me Softly” by Roberta Flack
  4. “Respect” by Aretha Franklin
  5. “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers
  6. “In My Life” by The Beatles
  7. “Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas
  8. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  9. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley
  10. “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder


  1. “Dancing Queen” from “Mamma Mia!”
  2. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz”
  3. “Anything Goes” from “Anything Goes”
  4. “The Impossible Dream (The Quest)” from “Man of La Mancha”
  5. “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music”
  6. “Tomorrow” from “Annie”
  7. “Fame” from “Fame”
  8. “Hopelessly Devoted to You” from “Grease”
  9. “Beauty and the Beast” from “Beauty and the Beast”
  10. “Footloose” from “Footloose”

SEE ALSO: How to Sing Better Instantly


  1. “Summertime” by Ella Fitzgerald

2.  “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra
3. “Misty” by Sarah Vaughn
4. “I Got Rhythm” performed by Judy Garland and others
5. “Georgia on My Mind” performed by Ray Charles and others
6. “At Last” by Etta James
7. “Feeling Good” performed by Michael Bublé and others
8. “Fever” performed by Peggy Lee and others
9. “Blue Skies” performed by Willie Nelson and others
10. “Someone to Watch Over Me” performed by Linda Ronstadt and others

80s and 90s Pop

  1. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

    2. “Something to Talk About” by Bonnie Raitt
    3. “Beat It” by Michael Jackson
    4. “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
    5. “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
    6. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston
    7. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler
    8. “Turn the Beat Around” by Gloria Estefan
    9. “Your Song” by Elton John
    10. “Piano Man” by Billy Joel

Contemporary Pop

  1. “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones

    2. “You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift
    3. “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars
    4. “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele
    5. “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes
    6. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
    7. “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles
    8. “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera
    9. “Stronger (What’ Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson
    10. “Waiting on the World to Change” by John Mayer


  1. “I’ll Be There” by The Jackson 5

    2. “When You Believe” by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston
    3. “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
    4. “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
    5. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
    6. “Anything You Can Do” from “Annie Get Your Gun”
    7. “Summer Nights” from “Grease”
    8. “All I Ask of You” from “Phantom of the Opera”
    9. “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher
    10. “One” by U2 and Mary J. Blige

Tips to Nail Your Performance

Now that you have an idea of the most beautiful songs to sing at a talent show, it’s time to start preparing.

If you really want to “wow” the crowd, practice is crucial! Chances are, singing along with the tune on the radio isn’t enough to prepare you for the show. To start, take a video of a mock performance of yourself, where you sing along with a backing track. To make the most of your singing skills, there’s no better way to prepare than with vocal lessons.

Try taking some free online singing classes for starters. You can also team up with a voice teacher leading up to the big performance. With every private lesson, you’ll receive a personalized plan to knock your talent show gig out of the park!

A teacher can help you choose the best song for your voice, overcome stage fright, and polish up your overall performance. Even if you have natural singing talent, you’ll still need to practice making the most of your voice. The right vocal coach can help you reach your full potential!

Above all, remember to have fun! When the nerves start to kick in about hitting that high note, remember these helpful tips:

  • Know your material well, and bring extra copies of the music. This will help in case something goes wrong with the equipment or you lose your sheet music.
  • Bring water and hydrate yourself regularly. One side effect of nerves is a dry throat, so drinking water will help.
  • Do some meditation, yoga, or stretching right before you go on stage. This will help those tight muscles and body jitters.
  • Be sure to warm up your voice! Follow your vocal teacher’s recommended warm-up regimen to loosen up your singing muscles and get your voice in tip-top shape.
  • Bring headphones and listen to your song right before going on stage. You will sing much better if it’s fresh in your mind.
  • Have fun! Your friends and family will be cheering you on.

Pick any of these talent show favorites and you’ll be ready to take center stage. We wish you the best of luck at your talent show!

Do you have favorite talent show tunes? Let us know in the comments below!

LizTPost Author: Liz T.
Liz T. teaches online singing and acting lessons. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a B.M. in vocal performance and currently teaches all styles of music including musical theater, jazz, rock, and pop. Learn more about Liz here!

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Jazz Songs for Female Vocalists

15 Fantastic Jazz and Blues Songs for Female Vocalists

Jazz Songs for Female Vocalists

When it comes to jazz, incredible female singers are not hard to find. Keep reading as voice instructor Molly R. lists some of the top vocal jazz standards that are sure to get your foot tapping and your soul singing.

As a voice teacher, one of the genres I am consistently suggesting students try is jazz singing. Why? One reason is that learning a jazz standard really helps you grow stronger with your vocal phrasing. It’s also great for singers because it allows for more freedom in your musicianship: you can play more with tempo, try some scat, and so on.

It’s no secret that some of the best musicians on the planet are jazz players. That’s because unlike most pop or folk tunes, jazz makes use of the entire range of musical colors. Even relatively simple jazz tunes can challenge your ear and bring you on a wild journey, while serving as platforms for jazz players to improvise upon. Once you are familiar with the jazz vocabulary, a sense of freedom opens that is unlike any other genre.

Please don’t think that jazz is best suited for low, smoky voices, though! Opera diva Renee Fleming, a soprano singer, is a huge fan of jazz. In fact, she made money performing jazz at night while studying classical voice during the day as a young singer. Jazz can sound great with any type of voice, as long as the vocal skills are strong!

Jazz Singing Lessons

So ladies, read on for my suggestions on the most popular jazz songs to sing. And remember, all of these songs have been sung in every imaginable key this is by far one of the most customizable of musical genres out there. If one of these recordings is outside of your range, don’t hesitate to change the key!

Popular Jazz Songs for Females

1) “’Round Midnight”

This sultry and mysterious tune was written by the great Thelonious Monk. Contraltos will really shine with this piece! Here, we see the legendary Ella Fitzgerald with her interpretation.

2) “The Man I Love”

There have been many fantastic renditions of this simple but heartfelt song written by the Gershwins, but this version by Lena Horne is particularly inspiring!

3) “Why Don’t You Do Right?”

Perhaps the most memorable performance of this jazz song was done by a cartoon (Jessica Rabbit in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”), but the legendary Peggy Lee gives it a three-dimensional sass in this video!

4) “Crazy He Calls Me”

This charming 1949 classic is great pick for a singer who really wants to show off her strong middle range. Here, the fabulous Billie Holiday owns the song in her own way.

5) “The Man That Got Away”

Do you want a jazz ballad with some serious pain in it? Well, this song will do the trick! We all know this as one of Judy Garland’s big hits, but part of the fun of being a singer is seeing what YOU can do, even when you’re singing a cover song.

6) “Summertime”

Those Gershwins sure could write a memorable jazz tune! Although originally an aria in an opera (“Porgy and Bess”), most of us know this as a laid-back jazz song sung in a lower key. Here, modern day jazz chanteuse Norah Jones sings her rendition. This is one of the best blues songs for female vocalists!

7) “Autumn Leaves”

Talk about haunting and gorgeous! This song may be short, but it’s so fun to sing. Here is proof that all voices can sing jazz: the Wagnerian soprano Helen Traubel sounds just as fabulous singing this as she does opera.

8) “Come Rain or Come Shine”

This mid-tempo standard has attitude AND heart in it. Here is yet another opera diva and jazz singer, Eileen Farrell, really selling it.

9) “Send in the Clowns”

Yes, technically it’s another musical theatre piece, but many theatre songs have turned into standards that are fit for a jazz club! This is definitely one of them. Take a listen to see what Sarah Vaughn does with the vocal line and tempo here to make it more jazzy.

10) “Someone to Watch Over Me”

Simple, sweet, and we all know it and love it! This is a marvelous song for beginners of all ages. Here, listen to the late, great Amy Winehouse giving it plenty of heart.

11) “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”

Marilyn’s performance may be truly iconic, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have fun with this song — and it’s all about the fun factor. Here is the great Julie London, NOT Marilyn, singing it.

12) “Black Coffee”

It’s jazz, but with really blues-y lyrics! This is a rainy day jazz classic that’s good for showing off your vocal range. Here, Sarah Vaughn gives it the perfect amount of emotion.

13) “I’ve Got a Crush on You”

Flirtatious without being over the top, this is a wonderful jazz song for females that’s hardly overdone! In the video above, the versatile vocalist Linda Ronstadt sings it soulfully and beautifully.

14) “Take the A Train”

This one is best left for jazz singers with a bit more experience, as you REALLY must know how to scat to sell this swinging number! Here’s one the best scat singers of all time, Ella Fitzgerald, thrilling us with one of her best jazz standard vocal performances.

15) “Cry Me a River”

This very dramatic tune would be an excellent closer! Like with all jazz songs, it’s all a matter of what you choose to do with the tempo and the words. Here, modern day jazz diva Diana Krall gives a lovely rendition.

Building Up Your Jazz Standard Vocal Skills

These are just 15 of the many popular jazz and blues songs for female vocalists. There are countless variations of the genre that are worth also exploring, including Latin jazz songs for females. If you can sing jazz like these ladies can, pretty much any pop tune will be a piece of cake, so rest assured that you’re building your musical skills in a versatile way when you work on these tunes. 

Every jazz musician learns this musical language by listening to and imitating those that came before them. After learning the vocal lines of the greats, you can go on to create your own melodies and improvisations. YouTube is a treasure trove of jazz performances that you can always come back to when you need some inspiration!

While videos and books are a great resource, by far the best way to build up your jazz standard vocal skills is with private voice lessons. A teacher can help you develop proper posture and vocal technique, while revealing the secrets of the great singers that we listened to today. Online vocal lessons make it possible to maximize the potential of your voice, no matter where you are!

Have fun exploring the infinite potential of jazz, and I look forward to hearing the next female jazz vocal star!

Do you have another favorite female jazz vocal tune? Let us know in the comments below!

mollyrPost Author: Molly R.
Molly R. teaches online and in-person singing lessons in Hayward, CA. Her specialties include teaching beginner vocalists, shy singers, children, teens, lapsed singers, and older beginners. She joined TakeLessons in November 2013. Learn more about Molly here!

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