What do I love about LAMDA?
Having taught LAMDA examinations to individuals and groups for over 8 years with a 100% Pass Rate there is obviously something that I love about LAMDA. I have recently been asked to feature in LAMDA’s new brochure which I feel quite touched by so as my first blog I wanted to touch on the central part of what we do at Little Voices the entire core of what I do every day and why I do it!
We primarily work with the Musical Theatre syllabus for Groups, Solo/Duos and the Communication syllabus which was termed Introductory, Preparatory and Preliminary but is now known as Stage One, Two and Three. Our entire idea for Little Voices 8 years ago was launched at the same time as the Musical Theatre GROUP syllabus. It just makes sense – to have a realistic setting for a piece of musical theatre to be examined as part of ‘a cast’ rather than individually – this is so real ! We rarely stand on stage as a professional and do a full blown soliloquy or solo. This way children can receive individual tuition as part of a very small group but also learn to interact and work with others.
The Introductory Communication syllabuses allow very young children to build confidence, work on their diction, eye contact, posture, projection, articulation and have the experience of an examiner, exam day and the adrenalin rush / nerves accompanied with this. These provide the perfect foundations for 4 – 7 year old children. It is so lovely to see them arrive for the examinations and witness the parents looking even more nervous than the children. It is all about the preparation!! We really strive in Mini Voices lessons to make it a ‘fun’ experience preparing for the examination. We talk about the friendly ‘Grandma’ or ‘Grandad’ figure (hopefully not offending the young LAMDA examiners among the team) that will be listening to their poem and talking to them about their favourite toy,photo or book. The fact that the young children can enter the examination room with something that means something to them definitely provides comfort too!
The Group Musical Theatre Syllabus provides such a huge opportunity for creativity and freedom. It promotes individuality and team work, hones all the skills of diction, musical rhythm, timing, pitch, articulation, characterisation and is a way of allowing children of similar ages and similar or varying levels of confidence / ability to work together and learn from each other. Every child matters and can take a role and character most suited to them. You can have such fun choosing what piece to perform from any genre of Musical Theatre; Billy Elliot, The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, Legally Blonde, Frozen, Annie to name but a few! You can add costume and props and generally have ‘a ball’ preparing musically and dramatically for the examination.
All of the examiner over 8 years (we hold approx. 6 + exam sessions a year and growing), with the exception of one, that I have ever met, have been OUTSTANDING. They are incredibly knowledgeable, supportive and clearly passionate about their role.
This is why I love LAMDA and we continue to work so closely with them…..
Meet Our Tutors Here in London!
Here at ‘Little Voices’ we pride ourselves on traditional and inspirational yet fun filled lessons, which are taught by passionate and highly qualified tutors so that your child can excel in a happy environment.
Our tutors are carefully selected for both their teaching ability and performing arts talent, but also for how they live the little voices values, creativity and ability to inspire others.
Our amazing tutors make Little Voices amazing, provide our inspirational education in music and drama. They bring the smiles and they are the people who get the brilliant results and make learning fun. No one forgets a great teacher and ours are truly amazing!
Here are some images and information on our tutors.
Ashlea is the principal of Little Voices South West London. Ashlea is also is a vocal tutor at Putney, Richmond and Fulham. She has a wealth of live performance experience and numerous years of being classically trained has put her in great stead to be a leading vocal tutor at her very own centre’s throughout South West London. Ashlea is extremely passionate about Little Voices and all of her pupils, she works closely with her team of tutors to make sure lessons of distinction are delivered in a fun, engaging and unique way.
Amy started performing at the age of 2 and hasn’t stopped since! She loves doing it and teaching it! It’s such a great way of expressing yourself, whilst having fun!
Upon moving to London, she trained at ArtsEd, gaining BA (Hons) and she’s also a qualified dance teacher with the ISTD. Throughout teaching, she has been fortunate to perform professionally in Plays and Musical Theatre.
Amy loves being part of the Little Voices team and gets such a thrill from seeing her students blossom and grow.
Amy teaches at our centre in Chiswick at CBPPS, as well St Pauls Barnes, Carlisle Infants. She is also our lead tutor for all of our Richmond holiday camps.
She is an absolute asset to our team and is incredibly caring, thoughtful and inspiring!argreaveselle Pugh
Georgia is a professional actress who trained in acting and musical theatre at The London School of Musical Theatre. Since graduating, she has worked in theatre, TV and on cruise ships. She has been teaching drama, singing and LAMDA for several years and has a wealth of experience.
All of our students absolutely LOVE Georgia’s energy and spirit! She is a fantastic musical theatre and LAMDA tutor and she really does care about each and every child she teaches.
Georgia teaches at our centre in Putney at The Roche School. She is also our lead tutor for all of our Fulham holiday camps.
Amy is from West Yorkshire and started taking Drama, Dance and Singing lessons from the age of 5. She then went on to graduate from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a BA Hons Acting in Musical Theatre.
Since graduating, Amy has taught at various Performing Arts Schools around London, working with children from ages 3-16yrs, and she thoroughly enjoys teaching and passing her knowledge onto the younger generation.
Amy is loves being part of the Little Voices team and is always bringing a smile to our students faces! She’s gentle, caring and is such a lovely person inside and out. We are so lucky to have her!
Amy teaches at our centre in Chiswick at CBPPS.
Lisa Michelle Pugh
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Lisa Michelle Pugh is a welsh actress/dancer and singer living in London. Lisa trained in acting from the age of 11, she stared in her first role when she was 14 and went on to continue studying and performing from there. She has played such parts as ‘Nancy’ in Oliver Twist, ‘Ariel’ in Return to the forbidden planet and ‘Puck’ in A Midsummer Nights Dream. Lisa loves teaching this skill to the next generation as performing arts in such a huge passion of hers, she enjoys how much confidence it brings to young children and how they can apply this skill in every aspect on their life. Performing helped Lisa come out of her shell and be more confident growing up and she hopes that by teaching more and more children she can begin to show them their potential and how much they can do if they truly believe in themselves.
Lisa teaches our lessons at Kensington Wade and Oasis Putney. She is super dedicated, inspiring and brings an amazing energy to all of her classes.
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Chloe grew up performing in musicals in her home city of Perth, Western Australia. When she graduated from school she moved to Melbourne to study at Federation University Arts Academy. While studying she was a part of several productions, including playing the lead roles of Kim in Bye Bye Birdie and Johanna in Sweeney Todd.
While studying Chloe worked as a Children’s Entertainer, which is where she discovered her love of working with children. After graduating with her Bachelor of Musical Theatre (First Class Honours), Chloe found out she had been accepted into the prestigious Masters of Musical Theatre course at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and she began her next adventure as she moved to the other side of the world.
Whilst in Cardiff Chloe was Dance Captain, as well as playing the role of Jenny, in their production of Company. She was also part of the cast of the UK premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Chloe graduated with her Masters and the Prudence Emlyn-Jones Award for Dance in 2019 which is when she packed up her life again and started her dream of living in London. In London Chloe began teaching children and loves that she can share her love of singing and drama with the next generation of performers.
She brings lots of live performance experience to her lessons and our students love her!
Chloe teaches our Mini Voices class at The Roche School.
Past Pupil Sadie tells us about the benefits of Little Voices in her career
Where are you now? (eg. college/uni/career and location in the world)
- I am currently living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, after taking a last minute job role with 2 weeks notice I had to pack up my life and move over here! I am a Women’s Footwear Merchandising Intern at Tommy Hilfiger International Head Office. I am on a placement year from the University of Manchester where I study Design Management for Fashion Retailing BSc Hons.
What are your aspirations for the future?
- I hope to create my own fashion brand and take on the role of Director and Head Buyer within this, focusing on fast fashion which is affordable but super chic! I plan on moving to Australia in September 2016 to complete a Masters in Fashion Business at the Fashion Institute in Sydney to help further my knowledge in fashion!
When did you first join Little Voices?
- I joined Little Voices in 2006 and stayed throughout School and Sixth form until I left for university.
How did you/your parents hear about Little Voices?
- I heard about Little Voices through the co founder, Jane herself, as the business was founded just as I was to join
What made you attend and stay with Little Voices?
- I had some of the best nights at Little Voices, and made some friends that I will have for life, the pure talent of the teachers inspired me learn more, and I was completely obsessed with Drama and Singing throughout (and still to this day)
How do you think Little Voices has helped you – is there a direct correlation between what you are doing now and your attendance at Little Voices?
- Little Voices gave me confidence to work solo, and as a team which has helped me significantly now. It helped me with my presentation skills, vocal skills, which I am constantly using in work presentations. Little Voices made me realize that in life you have to remove yourself from you’re comfort zones. I highly doubt I would have moved countries, to a Dutch speaking country with no family or friends if I didn’t have the confidence Little Voices gave me
What did you love about your lessons?
- I loved the freedom of the lessons, and the structure of the lessons (one week singing, one week drama). The teachers made you feel so comfortable, and the other pupils were great to get along with. Having the choice of musicals and plays meant you always had the freedom to choose characters. Little Voices expanded my vocal range, and dramatic skills which have significantly impacted my life today.
Can you give a one line quote/advice for those wishing to follow in your footsteps? (what they should absolutely do to reach their dreams?)
My quote I live by “Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself & a little less time trying to impress people”