Does my child have to be super talented to benefit from Little Voices?

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I am often asked by parents that call to enquire about our lessons if their child needs to be super talented, especially when they hear that we enter children for LAMDA exams.

Indeed, most parents do recognise a spark of potential before they call us. It might be an impromptu performance at a family gathering or in a school play or even just singing along to the radio. We all know when we can hear or see the beginnings of something exciting.

Not every child will display this potential early on and not always in front of parents. Sometimes children are so concerned with not looking silly that they don’t allow themselves the freedom to go for it in front of their loved ones. It is these children in particular that benefit from our lessons the most. We have had children afraid to speak, let alone sing in front of others grow to become confident and self assured in a matter of months.

It’s not the talent that matters, but each child’s individual journey that they must take. We reward more than just talent at Little Voices. Our pupil of the week/month/term awards recognise commitment to their group, learning lines outside of lessons, kindness to other children and pushing outside of their comfort zones. When a child knows that they will be supported fully by their tutor and classmates, it is so much easier for them to give a performance their all and they become proud of their achievements. This filters down into every other part of their life and will follow them into their adult careers. We really are building skills for life!

Have a great week!

Samantha xxx

What I Learned from Matthew.

This week I wanted to talk about a particular ex pupil that I bumped into last week quite unexpectedly and what I learnt about Little Voices from his point of view.This week I wanted to talk about a particular ex pupil that I bumped into last week quite une21xpectedly and what I learnt about Little Voices from his point of view.
 

I was meeting a work associate at a hotel and as I was sitting down I spotted a young man serving drinks behind the bar. He looked familiar but I couldn’t place where I knew him from.

I happened to say to Matthew who was an incredibly polite, friendly and approachable young man that I recognised his face from somewhere? He was such a smiley person and for a young 18 year old man he was a pleasure to talk to. I asked him which school he had attended and where he lived and it transpired that he had been a Little Voices pupil for 2 years (3 years ago). I had not taught Matthew but I remember watching his exam as a mock examiner in a Little Voices centre. He was a fabulous actor.
He went on to tell me with such energy that his Little Voices training had helped him so much. His face was alight when he was chatting to me, telling me all that he had learnt about communication, eye contact etc and how his training had helped so much when serving customers and dressing up as Father Christmas in the festive season! He was so enthusiastic about how his lessons had helped him in his part time job and how he knew they would benefit him in the hospitality industry which he wanted to pursue at college. I was so thrilled for him and proud that the life skills that we use in lessons were proving so beneficial for him.

As we always say Little Voices is not just for nurturing talented youngsters for a life on the stage it is hugely beneficial for all young people – to give them a head start in life! If you have any stories that you wish to share with me about how Little Voices has benefitted your child please let me know.

What Bowie, Rickman and Wogan can teach us..

Terry Wogan

Terry Wogan was an incredibly special broadcaster whose flair was his ability to talk to each individual person across whichever medium he was using. Whether he was on the screen or using only a microphone he touched you as an individual. When we perform it is important that every person in the audience is moved and therefore if the performer is able to speak as if there is only one other person in the room with them as they talk, sing or dance the powerful effect will  emulate to a huge audience – it is effortless on the part of the performer.

Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman was incredibly versatile and he always made you feel an emotion. Whatever role he played he was able to make you love him, hate him, cry, laugh, giggle or scream. That is versatility at its very best! He played such a range of roles across such a range of genres. A performer needs to be constantly stretching themselves and embracing new skills.

David Bowie

David Bowie was not afraid to be different and stand out from the crowd and this is an important part of being a performer. You cannot be like everyone else. You need to have the confidence to be different; not in an over confident, cocky way but with an inner strength, a determination and a work ethic to match.

What is Camaraderie?


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There is nothing better than watching 30 children aged 4 – 16 years come together to produce a theatrical masterpiece over 4 days. It is camaraderie at its very best. As I looked up the ‘official’ meaning of the word today it really did sum up the feeling of a theatre week. Camaraderie is a mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together.

From our point of view and the children’s development it really is not just about the end product; the show that parents come to watch is of course ‘the goal’ and a learning process surrounding performance but a theatre week  is all about the friendships, the learning, the teamwork and energy that happens all week. It is delightful to see the growth in confidence from Day 1 to Day 2 when a young child arrives at the registration desk and the pure excitement by Day 4. They are eager to see the new friends that they have made and look so much less anxious at the end of the week than at the beginning! Children really do push their comfort zones with us.

The caring nature of each child towards others is heart-warming and so special to witness. The younger children learn from the older children how to project their voices, have stage presence and be confident in the execution of their characters. The younger children develop the confidence to deliver their lines on stage and acquire all the movements, song lyrics and script lines. Together they work hard to support each other from helping to take the lid off a yogurt pot at lunchtime, learning about stage safety, opening a toilet door for a young cast member or getting the intricacies of a dance routine perfected.

The camaraderie never ceases to amaze us at Little Voices and when the entire production is also training children in vocal, dramatic, theatrical etiquette and stage skills too there is no better combination.

The camaraderie never ceases to amaze us at Little Voices and when the entire production is also training children in vocal, dramatic, theatrical etiquette and stage skills too there is no better combination.

Hoping that you have a great week and if you are looking to find out more about Little Voices Theatre Weeks please contact us . They will be running across the summer too!

Happy Birthday Little Voices’ Richmond!

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Richmond appears to be breeding children with a love of the performing arts, if the burgeoning numbers at local singing and acting school, Little Voices, is anything to go by. Celebrating its 2 year anniversary in Richmond, the school has trebled since it started in May 2014.

Little Voices is one of the UK’s most outstanding, professional and successful performing arts training organisations, dedicated to helping children reach their full potential in drama and singing.

When Ashlea opened Little Voices, which has a very professional focus using expert guidance and traditional methods, she ran three lessons a week. Since then this number has trebled, however the number of students in each class remains capped at just six.

This is highly significant to the success of the children, continues Ashlea: “This small number ensures that our students have a very personalised experience, even in this thriving business, our success is proven by our constant 100% pass rate in the LAMDA drama examinations, year after year, towards which all our students work,” she said.

Emily Schafer added: “I’ve been attending Little Voices’ lessons since it opened, it’s been a great way to make new friends. I have learned lots of new skills for life and I love taking part in the LAMDA exams. We also get rewarded with stickers and can win prizes! Everyone is different hear at Little Voices however we all get our chance to shine”.

For more information about Little Voices South West London, please contact Ashlea on,0208 088 0113 Email: SWL@littlevoices.org.uk or visit the website http://www.littlevoices.org.uk.

Little Voices’ Outstanding LAMDA Exam Success

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Here at Little Voices South West London we have helped students in Putney, Richmond, Earlsfield and Fulham to achieve outstanding results in over several year’s of their London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations. For the second time this year, 160 Little Voices children are taking exams in grades 1- 8, the students range from aged 4 to 18 years old.

Little Voices already hold an outstanding result reputation with over 99% achieving a distinctions and merits, maintaining an outstanding 100% pass record. And yet again pupils, parents and our team at Little Voices South West London are hoping for another set of outstanding results.

Principal, Ashlea commented: “We are thrilled that our students’ talents have been recognised through these amazing exams and results so far, we are so proud of how hard every child has worked for the last several weeks. Some pupils who have been with us since launching 7 years ago and have worked their way up the grades are now taking part in significantly higher graded and more challenging exams. We cannot wait to hear the results!” she said.

LAMDA examinations are prestigious awards, from which students can gain UCAS points to help with their university applications. As part of the exams, students must perform their poems, musical theatre piece’s and solo/duologue acting pieces for the examiner with confidence. One child, who recently starred in the west end and has been with Little Voices since 4 years old; Max Moorehouse aged 11 years, will be taking a high grade 4 solo acting exam to add to his already amazing array of exam results, achieving ‘Distinctions’ each time.

Good luck everyone!

Little Voices’ Outstanding LAMDA Exam Success

Golden Ticket

Here at Little Voices South West London we have helped students in Putney, Richmond, Earlsfield and Fulham to achieve outstanding results in over several year’s of their London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations. For the second time this year, 160 Little Voices children are taking exams in grades 1- 8, the students range from aged 4 to 18 years old.

Little Voices already hold an outstanding result reputation with over 99% achieving a distinctions and merits, maintaining an outstanding 100% pass record. And yet again pupils, parents and our team at Little Voices South West London are hoping for another set of outstanding results.

Principal, Ashlea commented: “We are thrilled that our students’ talents have been recognised through these amazing exams and results so far, we are so proud of how hard every child has worked for the last several weeks. Some pupils who have been with us since launching 7 years ago and have worked their way up the grades are now taking part in significantly higher graded and more challenging exams. We cannot wait to hear the results!” she said.

LAMDA examinations are prestigious awards, from which students can gain UCAS points to help with their university applications. As part of the exams, students must perform their poems, musical theatre piece’s and solo/duologue acting pieces for the examiner with confidence. One child, who recently starred in the west end and has been with Little Voices since 4 years old; Max Moorehouse aged 11 years, will be taking a high grade 4 solo acting exam to add to his already amazing array of exam results, achieving ‘Distinctions’ each time.

Good luck everyone!

How can learning Drama help my child?

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Shyness is common in young children who are just finding their feet in the world, and you can worry about how your child will interact at school with their peers.

So how can you encourage your child to open up?

By developing their social skills you can help to grow their confidence and self esteem.

If your child is finding it tough to make friends and is shy around their school friends learning drama can help to coax them out of their shell and give them the confidence to find their own voice.

Every parent worries that their child is being included at school and it is our job to help them gain the skills they need to develop.

By your child playing the role of another character they will learn how to interact in situations they wouldn’t normally face which is a great way to help your child overcome confidence issues

Here at Little Voices we provide a safe and fun environment where your child is free to explore different social reactions and learn about interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. The non-judgemental atmosphere, created by our experienced tutors, helped with our small class sizes goes a long way to helping shy or insecure children to discover themselves and build their self-assurance.

How your child will benefit from drama

• Your child will grow in Confidence and Self esteem

• Social interactions will become easier.

• Vocal skills such as projection and vocal ability will increase.

• Your child will make new friendships outside their school.

• Presentation skills will become easier and school assemblies will become a pleasure for them.

Not only are there so many benefits but by simply attending lessons on a weekly basis will allow your child to develop a new interest in the performing arts, giving them a subject they can happily chat about to you, family and friends.

• Seeing your child blossom is very rewarding for us and parents alike.

The great thing is that children are able to express themselves more articulately and your child will learn how to co-operate and compromise with others. These are lifelong skills and of huge benefit as a child and of course as an adult!

Have a great week!