Tips for learning lines!
A great quick tip for practising lines!
Ask your child to record their whole script. They can have fun doing different accents and character voices BUT when it is their character’s turn….. leave a gap! (Perhaps encourage them to whisper the words in their head to leave enough time).
Once the recording is finished, replay it and where the gaps are – your child can fill in their lines!! They will get used to what comes first and what comes after their character’s line!
What can we learn from Walt Disney?
A few facts for you this week about one of the greatest men that ever lived and whose films, shows and theme parks seem to inspire and bring pleasure to people of all ages but especially children.
Which was the Disney film that you first saw? Which film did you first watch with your son/daughter? Which is your favourite? We all have one!
Walter Elias “Walt” Disney was born on December 5, 1901, in the Hermosa section of Chicago, Illinois. He was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor, and film producer. He and his brother Roy co-founded Walt Disney Productions, which became one of the best-known motion-picture production companies in the world. He created numerous famous fictional characters including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy. Disney himself was the original voice for Mickey. During his lifetime, he won 22 Academy Awards and received four honorary Academy Awards from a total of 59 nominations, including a record of four in one year. Disney died from lung cancer on December 15, 1966, in Burbank, California.
Disney built his empire and it continues to grow based on one cultural word, “HAPPY”. He wanted his staff to be happy and make those happy that they served, he wanted his customers to feel HAPPY. Spreading happiness was his raison d’etre and it continues on in his legacy of Disney today.
Our word at Little Voices is confidence. We strive to help children increase their confidence in their own abilities and life overall. It is really important to us that yourselves ‘our parents and pupils’, schools, local communities and everyone that we work with has confidence in us.
We have grown and continue to grow because of parents support of all that we do, our reputation growing and our commitment to excellence.
We love to keep in touch with our parents at lessons, in the week on the phone, by email and social media with news about what each child is doing away from Little Voices, never be afraid to ask us for help and advice like Disney we are happy to help!
August is flying by!
As August is flying by, very soon the reality will set in that September and the new school term is upon us!
September is always a month of change. New teacher, new classroom, new subjects, new friendships and of course new opportunities. Your youngest may be about to embark on reception or you may be experiencing the change from primary school to high school or high school to college. For some of our pupils they are embarking on the jump from living at home to university or drama school and this can be such an unsettling time.
It is important during times of transition that some consistency remains and we find that although it can be tricky to fit everything in many parents and pupils choose to keep attending Little Voices. Familiar friendships, friendly teachers and the safe environment enables children’s confidence to develop. When a child is happy they will flourish and amongst all the changes in the new academic year the familiar setting of Little Voices provides a haven for them to continue to develop. Confidence, self-belief and self-esteem is so important for our pupils when they experience change and we know that drama, singing and the performing arts helps young people to develop inner strength.
If you are interested in trying out our lessons do contact us to book Free Trial!
Projection is so important
Projection is so important. But what is it and how can we all learn to project our voices better?
1) It’s about AUDIBILITY
So your breath needs to be strong, secure and supported by the abdominal muscles
The breath also needs to be powerful enough to reach the front of your mouth
2) Its about INTELLIGIBILITY
The pace, pitch, volume, stress, inflection, tone colour and pausing according to the emotion and thought being expressed
Clarity of speech (the muscles in the lips and the tongue need to be engaged to get precise articulation)
3) It’s about MENTAL PROJECTION
In other words engaging the audience by commanding their attention, which ensures that the emotion of the words is conveyed clearly