Amazing West End discounts!

 

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This week I wanted to highlight this website that is run by the Society of London Theatres! You can get tickets to huge shows in January and February for £10, £20, £30 and £40!!!

Not to be missed and a great opportunity to take your son/daughter to see the shows that they are studying at Little Voices.

Here is the site!

http://www.getintolondontheatre.co.uk/

Please let us know which shows you manage to see!

February Theatre Week – Black Friday OFFER!

‘Mary Poppins inspired’ Performing Arts Week .

Receive 20% OFF! If Booked and Paid For Before 4.30pm TODAY

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  • For Boys and Girls Aged 4 – 13 Years

  • Learn an entire script in 4 days

  • Meet lots of new people and make lots of new friends

  • Singing, Acting and Dancing

  • Props and costume excitement!

  • Includes FREE inclusive DVD of the performance and final day!

  What Is A Theatre Week? When Are The Theatre Weeks? What Do Our Parents Think? Watch Our Theatre Week Videos BOOK A THEATRE WEEK!

When: Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th February 2016

 

Where: Putney High School, 35 Putney Hill, SW15 6BH

 

What time: 9.30am – 3.30pm each day

 

Original Cost: £170.00 (£34 OFF BOOKINGS MADE TODAY!)

 

20% OFF BOOKINGS MADE BEFORE 4.30PM TODAY!

 

To book please complete the form below NOW to avoid disappointment as places are strictly limited. You can email: SWL@littlevoices.org.uk or CALL: 07823384992 for more information.

BOOK A THEATRE WEEK!

Dear Ashlea, we would like to thank you and your Little Voices Putney team for all of your tremendous hard work and for putting so much time and dedication into each child. They did not only present a wonderful performance but they learned so much more than that. My daughter LOVED it and was very keen to come back each day. She met new friends and definitely wants to come back to the next. A great summer experience for my daughter and us. Plus bonus points for the inclusive DVD too!! Thank you so much.
Mrs Domingo - AradaParent

We all have a teacher or teachers that stick out in our memory as being influential in our lives. Equally there is always a teacher that we would rather forget too! Can you remember their names? I am sure that you can.

A teacher’s role is so important in a child’s education. It can sometimes have such a dramatic effect as to affect how successful we are in a particular subject. It is important that the surroundings are conducive to learning and that enjoyment is a hugely influential factor. I remember my own school music lessons and drama lessons at school – they were usually far from orderly, most often complete chaos with most students not wanting to be there.

Drama and singing training, as an additional hobby, plays such an important role in a child’s life. Teachers out of school for these subjects know their pupils really well and as a result have a positive impact on all areas of a child’s life.

Children also meet new friends away from the school environment, work with like-minded pupils in a fun yet structured way that enables them to learn and develop at an appropriate pace.

We know at Little Voices that the teacher, the group and environment that your child works in is crucial. It is why we have a unique framework. Our tutors have to be able to inspire, draw out and encourage the development of your child’s skills. I believe that they can only have a dramatic affect if they really know each individual pupil and they can work with them in a small group. Respect and trust also have a pivotal role to play.

 

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What Makes Us Special?

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At Little Voices we teach in small groups, up to eight pupils, so we can truly get to know each child, discover what makes them tick and tailor our teaching accordingly. Each child benefits from one to one attention and individual teaching – no getting lost at the back of a class of 30 pupils!

Every child aged 4-18 years can apply for two free trial lessons with Little Voices so they can join in the fun and find out exactly what goes on.  Students work towards accredited musical theatre, acting and communication exams with The London Academy Of Music and Dramatic Art.

For me its not just about putting talented children on the stage. I am driven by the desire to help all children, no matter what their aims—be it a life on stage, becoming an accomplished public speaker or to simply have more confidence. Little Voices teaches you skills for life,” says Ashlea.

To find out more about our centres across south west london contact us on: SWL@littlevoices.org.uk or call: 07823384992

 

 

Focus Is The Key!

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Focus is so hard to sustain, especially for children and young people because naturally they have very curious minds and concentration is so difficult for prolonged periods of time.

 

Last night I was watching some exam classes at one of our centres. The performances overall were very good however ensuring that the pupils had focus and total immersion into their characters from the moment the music starts until the minute that the music ends is always a challenge.

 

It is really hard to play the role of a character in mind, body and emotional intensity for a prolonged period of time…..3 minutes. Of course at the same time they are moving around the staging area and singing…..

 

One’s mind naturally wonders and distractions occur.

 

The life skill that is being built through Little Voices lessons and the exam process is huge! We all need to be able to focus and concentrate in our job roles in later life.

 

Top tip…..

 

When you are listening and watching your son/daughter practise ensure that they are absolutely focussed and ‘in character’ from the very beginning to the very end of the piece. This may include periods of music where they are not required to sing or times of silence within an acting piece or whilst another character is singing or acting!

 

Have a great week!

 

“I can’t get my child to practise at home”

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Well this is a common phrase that we hear from parents and grandparents every week, especially on the run up to an exam.

It’s a worrying phrase for us to hear a teachers and facilitators each week because we know that the lessons alone will not achieve the success that a child deserves. As a parent you know how important it is for your child to practise too! So how can we overcome this? There must be a solution!

 

I find that because every child learns differently that we need to find a method of practise that is enjoyable and easy for them. Practise needs to be effortless to a large extent

 

For some children writing the words down helps, repeatedly.

For others drawing pictures that reflect each word/phrase or line

Some prefer to put actions to the words

Older children can use their imaginations to sense, feel and place themselves subconsciously truly IN the setting of the piece.

And of course performing in front of as many different family members or in front of a mirror REALLY helps.

 

I hope that these little tips help!

 

Lemons or Lions…..

Vocal Tip # 5: Flex Those Facial Muscles

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For the young ones we call this lion faces and lemon faces! It’s a game and it’s fun but the Mini Voices don’t realise that!!

As with other vital muscles that support great singing. The neck and facial muscles play an obvious role. Really the goal is to minimize the effort required to sing so that you may effectively control your tone and your pitch. Warming up cannot be avoided. There are mainly 10 groups of muscles in the neck, head, and face. Each consisting of numerous tinier muscles all working in harmony to create the beautiful sound making up your voice. Here is a list in order of the types of movements you can perform on various parts to prepare yourself to sing:

1)  Yawn

2)  Jaw Stretch

3)  The Pucker

4)  Silly Smile

5)  Eye Brow Lift

6)   Eye Roll

 

Ask your son or daughter to do their favourite warm up game to show you!!

 

Being a good singer relies on H2O

Vocal Tip # 4: Water…Drink Tons Of It!

 

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It doesn’t matter if you meet a heavy metal singer, pop singer, musical theatre singer or an opera singer. These true professionals can appreciate the abundance of good H2O. It’ll always be within arms reach whether they are in the studio, rehearsal, or on stage. Some prefer drinking warm water, claiming that it better refreshes your throat. Others swear that ice cold water can aid in keeping swelling down, especially after a killer belting performance. Regardless of your preference the tip is – just drink lots of it!

 

Some think that gargling water can hydrate the vocal cords. The truth is that the no food or water comes in contact with them as they are located in your windpipe. When liquid goes down, the automatic flap called the epiglottis closes to protect your lungs from being filled with water. This also covers the vocal cord every time you take a drink.

 

What happens when you get water in your windpipe? It causes a choking gag reflex. So really, the only way to hydrate your vocal cords is to drink water.

 

Why lots? It is because the water has to enter your stomach, and is first supplied to all your major organs, like your heart, kidneys, etc.. Eventually, smaller organs like your vocal cords are supplied. And supply you must!

 

Drink drink drink WATER!

The top three musicals of all time, according to “Whats on Stage” in May 2014 are:

  • Les Miserables
  • Wicked
  • Phantom of the Opera

What would your top three musicals be?

They probably change over time and obviously our children have a different top 3 to adults! What are your children’s top 3? Reply and let us know.

Equally every time you watch a musical you have a different perspective on it too and learn or see something different.

Mine would be:

  • Miss Saigon
  • West Side Story
  • Blood Brothers

 

Look forward to hearing from you and also whether you agree or disagree with the official top 3!

 

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How to learn about Musical Theatre in three easy steps:

  • Read widely, the whole play, musical libretto, book from which it is based, use the library and dip into reference books such as Blumenfeld’s Dictionary of Musical Theatre.
  • See lots of Musical Theatre both live and staged as well as on youtube, film and TV. One of the best ways is to see a show staged and it doesn’t have to be the big West End stuff have a look at the smaller scale productions, local Amateur Dramatics productions etc.
  • Get to know the music – look at the whole musical and listen to it all. There are also often several different recordings that will highlight different things and artists will interpret and deliver the music in various ways too.
  • Read widely, the whole play, musical libretto, book from which it is based, use the library and dip into reference books such as Blumenfeld’s Dictionary of Musical Theatre.
  • See lots of Musical Theatre both live and staged as well as on youtube, film and TV. One of the best ways is to see a show staged and it doesn’t have to be the big West End stuff have a look at the smaller scale productions, local Amateur Dramatics productions etc.
  • Get to know the music – look at the whole musical and listen to it all. There are also often several different recordings that will highlight different things and artists will interpret and deliver the music in various ways too.

 

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