Lots of really good ideas and suggestions BUT for me, I have 3 pupils who nearly refuse to sing at all. "I don't like singing" is the reply I get.
Then I say, well, I am going to sing and you sing with me, or hum with me.
Any suggestions here would be welcome.
So obviously, no singing in school, shame.
No real ideas. One of my children absolutely hates singing, won't sing and I think, I have never actually ever heard him sing anything.
It's easy to blame schools or parents. I don't think it's always fair, and don't see what I could have done differently - whatever I did worked for child 1 who loved to sing and sang in choirs, but not at all for this one.
I used to sing for and with my kids when they were young: He wouldn't join in. He attended general baby/toddler music classes where there was a lot of singing.
He went to one Kodaly class for young children, then a Kodaly/Dalcroze class at Guildhall for 2 years. Did NOT sing.
In his nursery and school they DID sing. A lot. He wouldn't open his mouth, not even in a large group.
His instrumental teacher, whom he had since the age of 6 always encouraged him to sing. I can't imagine a more positive, experienced and patient teacher - he had and still has absolutely no chance 8 years later. Child won't sing.
Luckily, the teacher prefers Trinity exams, so no singing required for exams, but I think if he had to do ABRSM Aurals he would simply fail the aurals not for actual lack of aural skills but for absolutely refusing to sing.
Obviously, nobody ever told him he couldn't sing or anything like that. The complete opposite - but without pressurising him either. He basically grew up surrounded by music, music making and singing.
He has a good ear for intonation when he plays his string instrument and no disability or any other problems with his voice or otherwise.
He simply says he doesn't like singing and doesn't see the point. Why can't he just play his instrument? Which of course, he can. Why torture a child trying to force them to sing? What is the point? They have to do enough at school or in life they may not enjoy.
I've come to the conclusion that some just don't want to sing and hate singing but can still play a musical instrument in tune and enjoy listening to music. It's possible to hate singing in a way that some people might hate playing the piano/violin/running marathons or other things and nobody should be made feel bad about it.
As a string teacher, I've even found there is not necessarily any connection between being able to sing (aloud) in tune and the inner ear or playing in tune. I have come across pupils who can happily sing in tune with a beautiful voice but can't play even approximately in tune to save their lives. Some can sing and play in tune, some can sing in tune but not play in tune and vice versa.
I'd be intrigued to know however if anyone has ever turned someone who absolutely refused to sing since earliest childhood, and how.