Looking to kick start your child’s love of music with a karaoke machine but not sure where to start?
Don’t worry – I’ve reviewed all the best karaoke machines for kids, and what to consider, to help you pick the perfect model for your family.
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What To Consider Before Buying
These will vary according to personal preference, how many children you have that will b e using it, what age they are and the type of music they are into.
Mains or Battery or Both
Are you going to be taking it on holiday and away from the family home? Ensure you get one that will run on batteries. Thankfully, most karaoke machines are both battery powered but also run off an AC adapter.
External Music Source
To save having to buy karaoke CDs ensure your karaoke machine has a 3.5mm jack. This will allow you to connect the karaoke machine up to an MP3 player or phone – and as a result you’ll have access to an unlimited number of songs. Another option is to go for a machine that has Bluetooth connectivity.
Taking a karaoke machine to a sleepover is loads of fun so you’ll need to make sure you choose a machine best suited to taking to a friend’s house. The most important factors are:
Rechargeable Batteries – make sure the machines takes batteries and save a fortune getting rechargeable ones.
Lightweight – check the weight of your preferred machines
Compactness – many of the karaoke machines have been designed with this in mind.
Let’s face it, your child may not have the voice of an angel. I know all mine don’t!
Some machines will have functionality to enhance the sound of their voice. This lends itself to a better overall experience, your child’s confidence will be improved and they will likely then use the machine more. The controls include the Echo (sound depth), Bass (give them lower tones) and Tempo (speed of the song).
If you have a young child and they are not the best reader yet, getting a machine with a large screen can make a big difference. You can also opt for a product that has no screen but rather connects to a good quality TV screen.
Audio Recording – many machines will allow your child to record their tracks.
Video Recording – some will record a video with a built in camera. Giving your child the opportunity to see themselves performing can be great fun and encourage them to use the karaoke machine even more.
Editing – Many machines let you connect up to a computer so you can edit the recording and then share it for more laughs to their extended family or friends.
Sometimes a lot of functionality is not the best idea. If there are lots of buttons involved to access your child’s song then it may deter them from using the machine. This is more likely if you have a young child so a no frills type machine may be preferred. Another thought is volume – if you’re children are older then having a louder machine would be more preferable than for a younger child.
There are multiple ways to connect the karaoke machine to a TV. Some include Bluetooth, USB or RCA cable. If it has Bluetooth connectivity you should be able to link it to your tablet, smartphone or computer.
Number of microphones
This depends on how many children you have. Even if you have just the one looking at two microphones might still be a good idea. This means your child can invite a friend to join on the fun during a sleepover or birthday party. Or you may simply want to join your child in a duet! Check the karaoke machine for number of microphone jacks.
How Does Singing Benefit Your Child?
Singing an help improve your child’s cardiovascular system and increased the oxygenation of the blood. It also helps control their breathing better. Both of these improvements can reduce the chance of illness and improve their alertnes.
Singing can boost your child’s self esteem by giving them confidence in groups of people – be it family or friends. It can also them bond with their social network.
It’s a fantastic way for them to express themselves and feel happier through the release of hormones related to feeling good e.g. dopamine and endorphins.
Singing is a form of natural therapy and when a child sings, their auditory network is stimulated. This allows your child to process sounds which then enables to replicate them later. Singing regularly can help improve a child’s memory and concentration.