Is it possible to teach anyone to hold a tune?
Yes. Most people who have difficulty trying to hold a tune – what we prefer to call ‘pitch-matching’ – don’t understand the link between hearing a sound and feeling themselves making it. They need to learn physically how to produce or reproduce the sounds they hear.
The only exception to this is people with a condition called ‘amusia’, in which case they really cannot hear the difference between high and low sounds.
In the Singing Express series for kids we talk about the four stages of pitch matching. Jeremy wrote an article on the four stages of pitch matching and tuning for the Music Teacher magazine, which you can read here.