POSTURE

To produce a better sound you need to ensure you do certain things. Posture is one of them!

My own parents and grandparent always said to me as a child, “STAND UP STRAIGHT don’t SLOUCH!”

For performers the truth is…….it makes you a better singer.

How?

It’s vitally important to align your body parts and prepare them to support your sound, while eliminating tension. Tension not only makes you feel uncomfortable and affects your mood, but can greatly restrict air flow, making singing a chore rather than pure enjoyment.

 

Exercise: Find a wall and stand with your back to it. Place your head to the wall so that your chin is parallel to the floor. Open your shoulders and roll them back to the wall. Without allowing your spine to touch, slowly move your back towards the wall to straighten. Arms to your sides. Feet shoulder width apart, find your balance. Try to relax. The only tension you create should be in your abdominal muscles that are supporting your singing. It is more effective if you do this in front of a mirror. This can especially help you to visualize your stance after you see and feel proper posture!

Why choose GROUP exams?

 

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For generations LAMDA was renowned for it’s individual Acting examinations however the group exams have a multitude of benefits that cannot and should not be overlooked. They allow every child to shine, every child to play to their strengths and use their individual vocal and dramatic talents within the group piece. They are marked as a group. This is fundamental……..the success of any project is always a team effort and not individual performances. The Olympic cyclists and rowers and athletes pull together as a team and medals are won for Great Britain as a whole. Yes individual performances stand out but it is how the team works together that counts. It is the same on the West End stage. A review is written about the entire cast, the group together, this is theatre! TRUE Theatre. There will be individual star performances but it is a group, team, effort that attracts success. That involves not just the performers but the entire technical team and production teams too!

If you are going to follow a career on the stage you very rarely work ALONE – infact you don’t. Even a one woman show makes demands that you work with others in the theatre; the director, the stage manager, the crew! Sometimes things go wrong and it is how the team works together that enables the show to go on.

At Little Voices we are committed to building fundamental life skills in children and young people. Techniques and behaviours that will set children up for life…….of course this is inbuilt into singing and drama lessons in the most fun and highly structured way possible! However all of these skills are easily transferred into life in general and a career path into the arts!

We all have to work as part of a team within our job roles in later life and learning to work as part of a cast in a piece of Musical Theatre for a group examination really does teach the fundamental life kills of teamwork and playing to your strengths, being reliable and supporting each other.

Individual exams have their very important place but when weighing up the benefits the group exams have all the elements of solo exams and for children aged up to 13 years they provide a fantastic examination foundation in musical theatre or acting.

Hoping you have a great week!

What are the benefits of theatre weeks?

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What are the benefits of theatre weeks when my child already attends lessons every week?

Theatre Weeks are a completely different aspect to drama and singing learning and development. Your child is able to put all their training into practise and work at a tremendously fast speed to pull it all together in a very short space of time – 4 DAYS!

They make special friendships with children as young as 4 and as old as 16 years

-The teamwork that emerges is truly inspirational and outstanding to witness

-They work fast and as a team to pull the entire performance together in a matter of hour

-They have fun

-They socialise and develop not just vocally, dramatically and dance wise but as confident performers too

-They develop so much and the difference in confidence in the children that attend lessons the following term that have had a theatre week experience is really noticeable

-It is a great chance for you to see what they are capable of and watch a performance

-They are really stretched in terms of what they can learn and perform.

 

Here is what one parent said to us:

 

Samantha and the team have put together an amazing show with 28 children in less than 4 days. My daughter Alyssa loved every minute of it. It improved her confidence even more and gave her the opportunity to do what she loves best which is singing and dancing and being the centre of attention. We’re looking forward to the next theatre week!
Cherrie MendozaParent

 

 

If your child has enjoyed a theatre week with us please let us know the benefits that you have seen from their attendance alternatively if you want to learn more about the next one or simply as more questions about them please ring and ask at any time.

 

We hope that you are having a great week!

The Educational Benefits of Singing

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There are huge educational benefits of singing.

Singing encourages a child to express their emotions and sharpens their ability to communicate while exercising lip and tongue movement. But one of the biggest benefits of singing is the repeated use of the ‘memory muscle’.

Learning a piece of information attached to a tune embeds that information more rapidly in a child’s mind. The majority of children learn the alphabet not by simply saying the letters but singing them. I personally remember learning my times tables in the car on the way to school with my mum by singing along to a tape that contained lots of music!

As children get older the power of singing in their lives can still be extremely beneficial. Matthew Freeman, development manager of ‘Sing up’, a national singing project to help enhance music in children’s education, has found that singing can be a great teaching tool for children. It can be used as a creative and fun way to increase enjoyment and achievement in subject areas where children normally struggle. “Many children do not think of singing as ‘work’ and willingly participate in sessions,” he says, “Singing can be used as a tool to increase enjoyment and participation in a number of different subjects. A skilled singing tutor can cover subjects as diverse as English, numeracy, science, languages, and culture to name but a few.”

It is very true, music and singing embraces all of the subjects taught in school and at Little Voices we are keen to look at the historical context of the songs and musicals we are studying, the language and emotions contained within the songs and the themes running through the musicals. It really is about inspiring children and a broad spectrum of education through the fun medium of drama and singing.

Have a super week!

Water…Drink Tons Of It!

 

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 importance 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 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!

So remember drink drink drink WATER!

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