Is singing a skill you're born with?

Is singing a skill you're born with?

Can anyone learn how to sing well?  Or is the ability to sing something you’re born with? As a professional singer and vocal educator for over fifteen years and counting, this is a question I am frequently asked. Inquirers want to examine the validity of voice training in the first place, to question the commonly held belief that you are either born with the ability to sing or you're not. As an instrumental educator I also get questions about whether people are born with musical ability in general. In my humble opinion the "born with it" theory is primarily an American invention that has grown as technology and popular media culture have advanced. As a student of language and culture who has spent time in 20+ countries,

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