How Drama enhances a child’s life

Recently a friend was recalling how she how she blushes in many situations and how it has affected her life. She said that anxiety and panic was something that came over her at work, in personal situations and has a huge impact on her life. This made me sad. I know that drama tuition from a young age can instil a level of confidence that can help a child throughout life and to deal with situations with confidence and self-belief.

It is so important that a child is given the coping mechanisms and skills for life. Drama lessons are fun, and whilst a child is having fun they are learning fundamentally important life skills that will serve them well throughout their adult years.

Drama lessons are not just for aspiring actors but often that is what people can believe! I feel passionately that it is our job to educate everyone on the benefits of drama tuition for their child. It enhances a child’s life in many different ways and should be one of the activities that continues into the late teens.

This is why it is disappointing that the current general curriculum contains so little opportunity to develop the arts. A confident, happy child will succeed and if they get this confidence through drama it will have a positive knock on effect to all other areas of their life and all other subjects. It is sad but true that as the arts are axed more and more from our education system it is left to parents to search for the right drama facilitator for their child and this is where Little Voices fits. It is not an activity that runs on the weekend breaking up family time, it is not a daunting large group of over confident talented children striving for a place on the West End Stage, it is a lesson each week in a small, safe and friendly environment with likeminded children of similar abilities working to their strengths and building their CV from a very young age with prestigious LAMDA exams. A child feels comfortable to share and explore their capabilities and make friends for life with those in the group. Of course we have some pupils that are super talented and will pursue a professional career but this is the minority rather than the majority. We believe that all children have the opportunity to reach their dreams and fulfil their potential given the right support and that everyone has something special to share. If the learning is fun and a happy experience everyone can be inspired to be the best that they can be!! This is what defines us at Little Voices and so if you are looking for an activity that channels your child’s dramatic talents or that may be able to help your child to shine as an individual, look no further.

Susan Bisatt –  Principal Little Voices Stockport

 

 How drama enhances a child’s life

I was chatting to a friend of mine last night over dinner and she was talking about how she blushes in lots of situations and how it has affected her her whole life. She said that anxiety and panicking was something that came over her at work, in personal situations and has a huge impact on her life. This made me incredibly sad. I know that drama tuition from a young age instils a level of confidence in a child that sets them up for life to deal with almost any situation with confidence and self-belief. It made me upset to think that we could have helped years ago if she has been a Little Voices pupil!

It is so important that a child is given the coping mechanisms and skills for life. Drama lessons are fun and whilst a child is having fun they are learning fundamentally important life skills that will serve them so well throughout their adult years.

Drama lessons are not just for aspiring actors but often that is what people can believe! I feel passionately that it is our job to educate everyone on the benefits of drama tuition for their child. It enhances a child’s life in so many different ways and should be one of the activities that continues into the late teens.

This is why it is such a shame that the curriculum has so little opportunity these days to develop the arts. A confident, happy child will succeed and if they get this confidence through drama it will have a positive knock on effect to all other areas of their life and all other subjects. It is sad but true that as the arts are axed more and more from our core education system it is down to parents to search for the right drama facilitator for their child and this is where Little Voices fits. It is not an activity that runs on the weekend breaking up family time, it is not a daunting large group of over confident talented children striving for a place on the West End Stage, it is a lesson each week in a small, safe and friendly environment with likeminded children of similar abilities working to their strengths and building their CV from a very young age with fabulous LAMDA exams. A child feels comfortable to share and explore their capabilities and make friends for life with those in the group. Of course we have some pupils that are super talented and will pursue a professional career but this is the minority rather than the majority. We believe that all children have the opportunity to reach their dreams and fulfil their potential given the right support and that everyone has something special to share. If the learning is fun and a happy experience everyone can be inspired to be the best that they can be!! This is what defines us at Little Voices and so if you are looking for an activity that channels your child’s dramatic talents or that may be able to help your child to shine bright as an individual look no further.

For you’re child’s FREE Trial at Little Voices click here: http://www.littlevoices.org.uk/locations/welwyngardencity/freetriallesson

How drama enhances a child’s life…

I was chatting to a friend of mine last night over dinner and she was talking about how she blushes in lots of situations and how it has affected her her whole life. She said that anxiety and panicking was something that came over her at work, in personal situations and has a huge impact on her life. This made me incredibly sad. I know that drama tuition from a young age instils a level of confidence in a child that sets them up for life to deal with almost any situation with confidence and self-belief. It made me upset to think that we could have helped years ago if she has been a Little Voices pupil!

It is so important that a child is given the coping mechanisms and skills for life. Drama lessons are fun and whilst a child is having fun they are learning fundamentally important life skills that will serve them so well throughout their adult years.

 

Drama lessons are not just for aspiring actors but often that is what people can believe! I feel passionately that it is our job to educate everyone on the benefits of drama tuition for their child. It enhances a child’s life in so many different ways and should be one of the activities that continues into the late teens.

 

This is why it is such a shame that the curriculum has so little opportunity these days to develop the arts. A confident, happy child will succeed and if they get this confidence through drama it will have a positive knock on effect to all other areas of their life and all other subjects. It is sad but true that as the arts are axed more and more from our core education system it is down to parents to search for the right drama facilitator for their child and this is where Little Voices fits. It is not an activity that runs on the weekend breaking up family time, it is not a daunting large group of over confident talented children striving for a place on the West End Stage, it is a lesson each week in a small, safe and friendly environment with likeminded children of similar abilities working to their strengths and building their CV from a very young age with fabulous LAMDA exams. A child feels comfortable to share and explore their capabilities and make friends for life with those in the group. Of course we have some pupils that are super talented and will pursue a professional career but this is the minority rather than the majority. We believe that all children have the opportunity to reach their dreams and fulfil their potential given the right support and that everyone has something special to share. If the learning is fun and a happy experience everyone can be inspired to be the best that they can be!! This is what defines us at Little Voices and so if you are looking for an activity that channels your child’s dramatic talents or that may be able to help your child to shine bright as an individual look no further.

What do you learn after 10 years training #children in drama and singing and at the same time building a national #franchise business?

I cannot believe that this month we celebrate our 10th Birthday at Little Voices. Little did I know that 10 years on from that conversation in a Blackburn coffee shop with fellow co founder Holly Hammond that Little Voices would be a national success, our 100% pass rate in all exams would remain across the country and I would be surrounded by the most caring, passionate and driven people striving to sustain our core beliefs every day.

In 2007 we did not start with the end goal in mind in fact quite the opposite. We had in our minds the word ‘excellence’. That was it. We wanted to provide ‘drama and singing lessons of distinction!’ We would do every element to the best of our ability and provide excellent tuition. We shared a passion for training children well in drama and singing, caring and nurturing their skills, helping them to believe in themselves and truly believed in the power of tuition in drama and singing to impact a child’s entire life – being honest we also benefited from of a few extra pounds in our bank accounts each month. Honestly that was it! 10 years on we are still ensuring that EVERY child leaves EVERY lesson knowing one thing that they have done well and one thing that they need to improve upon and striving for excellence in every part of the company.

A business really can grow from very humble beginnings and a couple of core elements despite a roller coaster 10 years with challenges galore I believe that we have kept what made Little Voices special at the heart of all that we do today.

We truly believe:

  • In gaining life skills to follow your dreams
  • That each and every person has something amazing to share
  • In inspiring everyone to be the best that they can be!
  • In being positive & happy – “You’re never fully dressed without a smile”
  • Learning should be a fun and a happy experience

And we are passionate about building confidence and nurturing talent

We do this by working with the most fantastic tutors and franchisees one could wish to know. I always say that there is no ‘I’ in team and there isn’t. We want to make a positive influence on as many children’s lives as possible and this is impossible to achieve alone. By franchising and recruiting excellent Principals and Tutors we have been able to bring Little Voices to so many more families across the UK and we are still growing!

We have shaped Little Voices to really stand out of the crowd. We are not a theatre school or a performance based training organisation. They exist in towns and cities across the country and they play an important part in a child’s development but fundamental to a child’s success is their belief in themselves and the nurturing of their individual strengths and weaknesses. They need individual attention, care and the time to have their skills nurtured.

We have worked hard to now shout from the rooftops that we sit in the education industry and provide inspirational music and drama education to all children working in partnership for the most part with schools. We work alongside schools both in the school day and as an activity accessible after school for those parents that want to ensure their child has life skills and the confidence to pursue any career that they choose to and all of this is done in a fun, structured way in a very small group. Every child takes examinations with L.A.M.D.A. and this helps them to embrace an examination situation in a positive way as well as building their CV from a very young age. As L.A.M.D.A.’s second biggest customer, globally, we are clearly doing something right both for the children and those that work with us.We take away the fear away from that word ‘exam’. Young people are assessed and examined throughout their school life and we can help children to approach this in a fearless way, positively and with confidence. At the same time children and parents are unknowingly building their child’s CV from a very young age and equipping them for interviews, presentations, meetings and a life of success in whichever career they choose!

Of course we have had several children that have gone on to pursue a professional career in the industry but the vast majority of our children leave us prepared for the big wide world of work in a range of professions that also happens to include the acting/music profession.We exist to help add important layers to a child’s education. It is all about the individual child and ensuring that they become the best that they can be.

So what have I learnt and what can I share:

You never stop learning and neither should you! Teaching is a vocation and it is a two way thing. Embrace it – I do! I am hungry to learn constantly. Children teach you so much about yourself as well as you facilitating their learning.

It’s not easy – Every challenge that you face should be embraced as an opportunity to learn.

You get out what you put in and sometimes you are putting so much in and getting very little out that it takes a strong mental determination and passion to keep you going. Take the rough with the smooth as my dad always said!

There is never a quick win it takes blood, sweat and tears and practice makes perfect!

If you are interested in receiving our 10th Anniversary Newsletter and maybe even having a chat about any aspect of Little Voices – joining us on our national mission, sending your child to lessons, teaching for us et al. please don’t hesitate to send me an email and we can take it from there. jane@littlevoices.org.uk

 

What do you learn after 10 years training #children in drama and singing and at the same time building a national #franchise business?

I cannot believe that this month we celebrate our 10th Birthday at Little Voices. Little did I know that 10 years on from that conversation in a Blackburn coffee shop with fellow co founder Holly Hammond that Little Voices would be a national success, our 100% pass rate in all exams would remain across the country and I would be surrounded by the most caring, passionate and driven people striving to sustain our core beliefs every day.

In 2007 we did not start with the end goal in mind in fact quite the opposite. We had in our minds the word ‘excellence’. That was it. We wanted to provide ‘drama and singing lessons of distinction!’ We would do every element to the best of our ability and provide excellent tuition. We shared a passion for training children well in drama and singing, caring and nurturing their skills, helping them to believe in themselves and truly believed in the power of tuition in drama and singing to impact a child’s entire life – being honest we also benefited from of a few extra pounds in our bank accounts each month. Honestly that was it! 10 years on we are still ensuring that EVERY child leaves EVERY lesson knowing one thing that they have done well and one thing that they need to improve upon and striving for excellence in every part of the company.

A business really can grow from very humble beginnings and a couple of core elements despite a roller coaster 10 years with challenges galore I believe that we have kept what made Little Voices special at the heart of all that we do today.

We truly believe:

  • In gaining life skills to follow your dreams
  • That each and every person has something amazing to share
  • In inspiring everyone to be the best that they can be!
  • In being positive & happy – “You’re never fully dressed without a smile”
  • Learning should be a fun and a happy experience

And we are passionate about building confidence and nurturing talent

We do this by working with the most fantastic tutors and franchisees one could wish to know. I always say that there is no ‘I’ in team and there isn’t. We want to make a positive influence on as many children’s lives as possible and this is impossible to achieve alone. By franchising and recruiting excellent Principals and Tutors we have been able to bring Little Voices to so many more families across the UK and we are still growing!

We have shaped Little Voices to really stand out of the crowd. We are not a theatre school or a performance based training organisation. They exist in towns and cities across the country and they play an important part in a child’s development but fundamental to a child’s success is their belief in themselves and the nurturing of their individual strengths and weaknesses. They need individual attention, care and the time to have their skills nurtured.

We have worked hard to now shout from the rooftops that we sit in the education industry and provide inspirational music and drama education to all children working in partnership for the most part with schools. We work alongside schools both in the school day and as an activity accessible after school for those parents that want to ensure their child has life skills and the confidence to pursue any career that they choose to and all of this is done in a fun, structured way in a very small group. Every child takes examinations with L.A.M.D.A. and this helps them to embrace an examination situation in a positive way as well as building their CV from a very young age. As L.A.M.D.A.’s second biggest customer, globally, we are clearly doing something right both for the children and those that work with us.We take away the fear away from that word ‘exam’. Young people are assessed and examined throughout their school life and we can help children to approach this in a fearless way, positively and with confidence. At the same time children and parents are unknowingly building their child’s CV from a very young age and equipping them for interviews, presentations, meetings and a life of success in whichever career they choose!

Of course we have had several children that have gone on to pursue a professional career in the industry but the vast majority of our children leave us prepared for the big wide world of work in a range of professions that also happens to include the acting/music profession.We exist to help add important layers to a child’s education. It is all about the individual child and ensuring that they become the best that they can be.

So what have I learnt and what can I share:

You never stop learning and neither should you! Teaching is a vocation and it is a two way thing. Embrace it – I do! I am hungry to learn constantly. Children teach you so much about yourself as well as you facilitating their learning.

It’s not easy – Every challenge that you face should be embraced as an opportunity to learn.

You get out what you put in and sometimes you are putting so much in and getting very little out that it takes a strong mental determination and passion to keep you going. Take the rough with the smooth as my dad always said!

There is never a quick win it takes blood, sweat and tears and practice makes perfect!

If you are interested in receiving our 10th Anniversary Newsletter and maybe even having a chat about any aspect of Little Voices – joining us on our national mission, sending your child to lessons, teaching for us et al. please don’t hesitate to send me an email and we can take it from there. jane@littlevoices.org.uk

‘Gain life skills to follow your dreams…’

One of our core beliefs at Little Voices is ‘to gain life skills to follow your dreams’

What do we mean by that and how can today’s email inspire us? Well it doesn’t matter what path you choose to go down in your life or what the dream is …you will need to acquire certain skills to achieve success. It is irrelevant if your child is planning to go to university, into an apprenticeship, straight into the workplace, auditioning for stage school or is taking a gap year and travelling the world. This belief applies.

You need to have the right thoughts running through your head – you need to believe in yourself and think positively and focus! A skill taught so well in drama and singing lessons. Whether it is remembering your lines, hitting the high note or projecting your voice confidently in the group.

You need to be supported by the right people – Little Voices small groups are the ideal setting for children and young people to experiment with their voices and skills, it is a safe, supported environment and everyone feels included.

You need to have the techniques required to do a good job – Any job role requires you to present yourself well, carry yourself, deliver the words that you need to say with confidence. Presentation and projection is taught so well through drama and singing!

As we head into the Autumn term we will be helping more and more children and young people to follow their dreams and giving them the life skills to achieve them in our weekly lessons.

We celebrate our 10th Birthday this month please join in the fun with us and wish us happy birthday on Facebook and twitter

Little Voices Stockport Rising Film Star!

Aparna  Nair who until very recently was a Little Voices Stockport pupil has made a film and we are excited about it.

The title is: Oru Kunju Poovine (One Small Flower)

A story about a typical Asian family based in UK (first generation), who want their children to learn something they like and do not bother to ask the children’s wishes.

It ends on a happy note I am pleased to say!

Click the link below to view it.

Oru Kunju Poovine

Aparna’s Mother is happy to recommend Little Voices and this is what she had to say:

“Aparna was interested in performing from a young age and has participated in dance and small performances. We were looking for some where she would get training. That was when we heard about the opening of “Little Voices” in Stockport. We did read some fantastic reviews about the academy and we liked their teaching methodology where drama and singing was trained in tandem. We attended the taster session with Susan and Aparna was really impressed and took a liking to her teaching style. Aparna loves to go to Little Voices and since then she has passed her LAMDA exams and continue to enjoy her sessions. We would recommend to all parents “

Instructions of how to vote:

Head to the link below

www.whatson4littleones.co.uk/award-voting

Scroll down to Award Category number 5

Click on the drop down and you will see ‘Little Voices Limited’

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and fill in your details.

The click ‘Submit my Vote’

Thank you 🙂

Why we deserve to win this award….

Testimonials from our current parents highlight why we should win this award. I feel and I am much more comfortable with them highlighting how good we are and why we deserve to win than saying all of the things that we feel we do well that help us to win this award. I know that we have a 100% pass rate in all examinations with LAMDA, I know that we care about each individual child’s vocal and dramatic development, I know that we try our very best to help a child to reach their full potential and nurture core life skills to help them in all areas of their life!
But what do our parents say?
Katy Main:
“A highly professional company. All the staff are extremely welcoming, patient and nurturing. My daughter has been attending for over a year now & is thriving! She loves every lesson & has made tremendous progress. She is so much more confident & spends most of her time singing
around the house. Highly recommend!”
Rachel Barber:
“My daughter absolutely loves going to Little Voices. Always greeted with a warm and friendly welcome and the teachers are fantastic. The lessons and theatre weeks are amazing. So if you are looking for an after school club where your child will develop their singing and acting skills choose Little Voices.”
 
Katie Locke:
“My daughter has been a pupil of little voices for a number of years now and absolutely loves it. She’s one of the oldest pupils now I think. It really brought her out of her shell and helped keep her sane during her GCSE period, which was very stressful. She gets on really well with all her tutors and looks forward to her lesson every week. Thank you.”
 
Tracy Kemp:
“My daughter absolutely loves Little Voices. She wasn’t lacking in confidence beforehand, but the staff have taken her confidence and channelled it  into something wonderful.Little Voices is an amazing place where children can discover who they are and become what they are destined to be.”
 
 
Jo Owens-Crook:
“My 6 year old and 4 year old have just started classes here and absolutely love it!The children have come out of each lesson ready to tell me all about what they have been learning and are just having so much fun!! The staff make the children feel very comfortable and welcome from day one and they are very organised and professional.”
 
Tina Miller:
“Harriet has been attending Little Voices since it started in Peterborough and has thoroughly enjoyed every lesson. She has grown in confidence since then and is now able to happily speak in public and has on many occasions addressed an audience without a worry. She has really enjoyed working as part of a group and loves working on the musical theatre pieces. I would recommend Little Voices to anyone – it is fun and yet still teaches your children some very valuable lessons”
 
 

Who are ‘Whats On 4 Little Ones’?

Whats on 4 Little Ones was set up by mums for mums to help them to find some great activities or classes to try in their area. Mums with young families share the belief that keeping kids active is the most important thing we can do as parents. Over 1 million people visit their website every year and over 15,000 people attend their events. They keep you updated with ideas and news on children’s activities throughout the UK and local to you and give you inspiration with their monthly newsletter. They run an annual awards event and we have been nominated in this category:
Best Franchised/Licensed Activity for Children aged 5 to 12
If you could vote for Little Voices we would be so thrilled. It would be wonderful to spread the word to even more mums and dads about Little Voices and winning this award would help us to do that!