My son who is 8 has been put on a waiting list to see an ENT specialist as we think he may have glue ear. His isn't a bad case but an inability to hear certain double consonant sounds such as words beginning in dr (draw) or tr etc (he'll be looking for a word starting with a j). He is also unable to sing in tune to an accompaniment or in a group. On his own he can hold the tune beautifully and when he does sing something it's instantly recognisable.
Have any other singing teachers come across this and is the difficulty pitching to an accompaniment linked with glue ear or a separate problem? My instinct tells me that it is linked, but I have never come across a singing pupil with glue ear or serious pitching problems - is pitching a listening skill that some people just don't develop?
I'm going to be doing some research on this myself, but I'd be grateful if any other singing teachers with any experience of this could maybe offer some advice.
Ironically, my son loves singing and at the last school concert was singing his heart out and could be heard clearly- just in a different key to all the others. Luckily, the school teachers haven't made an issue of this and as he is probably the shortest in his class he is always in the front.
Not a very good advert for me as a singing teacher, but I love him to bits anyway