First Impressions!

Well, it is interesting, you have exactly 60 seconds. Just 60 seconds to make a first impression and this is exactly what we were talking about to children in some Little Voices lessons last night. Making a first impression is crucial not just in examinations but in every area of your life.

 
It is why life skills and confidence is taught so beautifully in the setting of Drama and singing with Little Voices. We talk about exactly how to enter the examination room, how to present yourself in terms of posture, eye contact and energy!

 
It is statistically proven that over 70% of a first impression is created through one’s body language alone and over 20% by the tone of your voice! So that leaves less than 10% being about the words that you actually say.

 
Our children are so well prepared for examinations that they are not a ‘scary’ experience but an experience that they can handle with true professionalism (even our gorgeous Mini Voices children as young as 4 years old!)

 
We talk about ‘first impressions’ with the Voices and Little Voices pupils and explain all about the importance of their body language and delivery of their voice. We talk about being so full of energy and smiley as they walk smartly into the examination room and deliver their poem with the Mini Voices pupils.
There is a huge difference between the first time they practice walking into the examination room in a lesson sometimes dragging their feet or looking sad, to the end of a first impressions lesson!

 

These skills are easily transversible into a job interview situation or an interview for college or a new school! They never forget the tips given to them to create a first impression within 60 seconds!

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Little Voices Fulham Pupils’ Performance Extravaganza!

Our pupils at Little Voices Fulham have worked so hard since the start of the Autumn term towards a mind blowing performance which they have just recently showcased to parents, friends and family.

Not only did every child have lines to learn, songs, scripts, choreography and cues to follow but they also attended every weekly lesson with absolute professional and pure dedication to make sure their performance was a one to remember.

We are SO proud of each and every child that took part, here are some videos taken from what was an amazing two evenings!

 

 

 

 

Little Voices Fulham Pupils’ Performance Extravaganza!

Our pupils at Little Voices Fulham have worked so hard since the start of the Autumn term towards a mind blowing performance which they have just recently showcased to parents, friends and family.

Not only did every child have lines to learn, songs, scripts, choreography and cues to follow but they also attended every weekly lesson with absolute professional and pure dedication to make sure their performance was a one to remember.

We are SO proud of each and every child that took part, here are some videos taken from what was an amazing two evenings!

 

What Little Voices and Carl Fogarty have in common.

Well lots is the answer and we are not promoting motorbike riding – of course!

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Carl Fogarty is on Wikipedia and when you read his biography his success is unprecedented on a motorcycle. In more recent years he has been known for his television appearances and King of the Jungle status however to get to the top of your industry takes a lot of hard work. The reason that we were drawn to read about him on Wikipedia this week was that his daughter, Claudia, was a pupil at Little Voices for over 6 years and taught by Jane our Managing Director and Julie on of our Principals in Peterborough. Claudia is now in Head Office at Little Voices being involved with what she loves best – drama!

Many people will not draw parallels between motorcycle racing and performing singing and drama but there are many. To win races at speed involved a huge amount of risk but it also involved discipline and focus. All of our pupils at Little Voices understand the need to focus on their characters and concentrate throughout their performance. Pupils are disciplined in so many ways; it takes discipline to work as part of a group and be respectful to each other. It is a discipline to practise every day and dedicate your time to specific areas of improvement.

We Really Care!

It is really hard to explain sometimes that we don’t do huge ‘shows’ or ‘productions’ to people that enquire about Little Voices.


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When someone thinks of ‘drama’ and /or ‘singing’ they naturally think ‘performance’! However a performance is only one element of ‘drama’ and ‘singing’. Little Voices is all about individual attention and training rather than a performance based organisation so we are the people to prepare your child for performances and presentations in all areas of their life. To really supplement their educational journey. It is really important that your son/daughter has fun and is happy in their group because from this foundation their confidence will grow and we can really nurture their vocal and dramatic talents from this point. Little Voices is for every child not just the ones that want to be a professional actor, singer or

I often speak to our parents and recommend amateur dramatic societies, casting agencies and other performance based companies if that is what they are looking for as an alternative or in addition to Little Voices lessons. Constant performing is what some parents are looking for and exams and formal training is not for everyone and we totally understand that.  Equally there are many parents who are keen to investigate the auditioning and paid professional work for their child and gain a place on the books of a children’s agent. We are always happy to chat to parents about these avenues. it is not at the core of what Little Voices is about but we can help to guide you and help you to know if these routes are right for your son/daughter. We can assist in the best choices post GCSE’s and A Levels and it is an honour to be able to help families at this stage of decision making. I have had several conversations recently with different pupils and parents about their next steps in education and what to follow at university or college. We have a whole host of children that are on different agent’s books, those that have gone on to full time drama school and worked and are still working in the industry. Always feel happy to ask us at any time for help and advice. At the heart of Little Voices we care!

It is all about care and attention to each individual child at Little Voices working towards examination. The exams are fantastic preparation and training for life and the structure of our lessons not only promote the core skills and techniques of singing and drama but also life skills. The importance of voice projection, eye contact, handling adrenalin in pressured situations, preparation and practise so that career interviews and work presentations in the future are manageable! They are a fantastic way to promote confidence and pack a CV from a very early age – after all the examination board LAMDA has been going since 1863 and so the kudos on a CV or application form is quite special for your child.

Never hesitate to ask and talk to your Principal. It is what we are here for.

Thanks,

Ashlea.

Is reality TV destroying or building confidence for children?

Reality TV is an interesting topic and one that I would love to hear your thoughts on…….

These are really interesting questions to consider..

if your child dreams of auditioning for a programme of this nature or has aspirations to perform professionally in this arena. They are certainly the questions that we occasionally find discussed in Little Voices lessons.

Since the emergence of reality TV  shows in the 1990’s there has been a whole surge of children wanting to become the next big star. For me and my team, as teachers, it is important to lay the foundations of good dramatic and vocal technique as well as give advice on the best route to take if a child is determined to follow a path in the industry. The industry is not reality TV!! But sadly it is so influential these days that this is what some children believe to be the case.

You see in the eyes of a child they are filled with confidence from watching Reality TVs shows. In their minds Cheryl Cole managed to do it and the likes of One Direction and therefore children are really very influenced by these ‘performers’. They see no reason NOT to seek the same. But what about the hundreds of others that have appeared – often won – these shows from Pop Idol, to Fame Academy, to Popstars the Rivals, Britain’s Got Talent, X Factor and more recently The Voice. What have they gone on to do after the cameras stopped rolling. How are those individuals feeling now?

The reality is sadly not fame for all or a life of performing. The only winners are the producers and the likes of Simon Cowell’s bank account. The individuals that have lived a whirlwind few months are often left crushed and lacking in confidence to pursue their passion.

This makes me very sad and as myself and my team of tutors work incredibly hard every week in the academic term time to build children’s confidence and nurture talent. I am very realistic when a child approaches me with dreams of auditioning for programmes (businesses) such as X Factor.

I always say that reality TV is incredibly entertaining for the British public and makes great family viewing on a weekend but that is where it should stop for most children, on the whole.

The Co Founder of Little Voices taught Diana Vickers drama at school and we obviously followed her journey on X Factor with great interest. This was a positive experience on the whole and therefore there is a flip side to every debate. No right or wrong answer but ultimately it is down to the individual child. We get to know your child really well in our lessons and will always give honest feedback and advice with your child’s best interests at heart!

Hope you have a great week!

Ashlea

Who Your Child Hangs Around With Really Matters.

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The people who surround us are SO important. We all have colleagues, business partners, friends and family that surround us all of the time. You will know yourself the friends that support you , the ones that you can trust with everything right to the other extreme with the ones that are negative, the ones that you avoid arranging a catch up with etc etc…..

It is proven that ‘who we hang around with really does matter’ and plays a crucial part in how successful or unsuccessful we are in general with different projects.

When Little Voices was started in 2007 the key elements of putting our very small groups together were friendship, age and ability. These three elements remain very strong for us when we hear from you for the very first time. We know that when a child is in the right group they will be happy. When a child is happy their confidence will sore and they will excel.

So again yet further evidence ‘who you hang around with matters’!