How can your child be successful? Conquer life with confidence!

What is confidence?

We talk about how Little Voices builds children’s confidence but what is confidence really and what does confidence enable you to do in adulthood?

Wikipedia states that confidence is belief in oneself, positiveness, assertiveness, self assurance.

It is true; if you have confidence then you can achieve! Having confidence leads to success and we are completely committed to facilitating every child’s vocal and dramatic learning so that they can be whoever they want to be and achieve and do whatever they want to do!

A child’s future will be shaped by how confident they are. Their success will be a result of how confident they are. We strive at Little Voices and always have done to create a positive learning environment that nurtures a child so that they feel happy, safe and secure to share their ideas, their voice, their skills, make new friends and then their confidence starts to increase as they explore and push their boundaries, acquire new skills and excel in their examinations. The examinations are a critical part of what we do at Little Voices as they act as external verification for a child (and the parents and tutors) that they are doing well !!!! It is not just about rushing through the grades and increasing your C.V. from an early age although that is a really positive element of examinations. When we distribute the results from L.A.M.D.A. examinations it is superb to see the children’s faces and how proud they are of themselves and each other. It helps them to benchmark themselves and to appreciate that pushing their comfort zone boundaries and going through the examination process was all worth it! Another key life skill!

I was reading a blog recently relating to the workplace and Craig Jarrow said in relation to confidence in adulthood that:

  • Confident people start things. They are not shy about striking out on a new idea even when those around them are still pondering it.
  • Confidence allows you to stand up for yourself in a fair and consistent manner. Otherwise, you may find yourself unheard or unfairly treated.
  • Confident people have the ability to say ‘No’ where appropriate. They do not take on unnecessary or inappropriate work or obligations. And at the same time, confident individuals say “Yes” to opportunity. They do not miss new options because they are shy. I have seen individuals’ pass up opportunities (even promotions) because they didn’t think they were “worthy.”
  • Lack of confidence can lead to paralysis from fear. Fear of failure. Fear of what others think. Fear of the unknown. To succeed, you need the confidence to face and overcome your fears.
  • Self-confidence means believing in yourself. Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.” He was right.
  • Confident individuals set the bar high and aim high. Lack of confidence leads to weak goals, setting the bar too low, and mediocre results.
  • Confidence lets you know your limits and test them. By stretching your limits you increase them. You are stronger than you think!
  • Confidence allows you to ask questions, even when others are silent. Confidence even lets you “ask for the job.”
  • Confident people believe in success. And more importantly, they believe in their ability to succeed.

Believing in Success

Confidence leads to success.

Believe in yourself. Believe in your skills.

And most importantly, believe in your ability to succeed.

As parents we all want our children to be happy and successful and certainly at Little Voices we share your desires for your child too. It is important to us to hear from you regularly and learn about how Little Voices is helping your child or what you feel they need more help with. Please keep in regular contact with us so that we can keep helping your child and every child to conquer life with confidence!

 

How can your child be successful? Conquer life with confidence!

What is confidence?

We talk about how Little Voices builds children’s confidence but what is confidence really and what does confidence enable you to do in adulthood?

Wikipedia states that confidence is belief in oneself, positiveness, assertiveness, self assurance.

It is true; if you have confidence then you can achieve! Having confidence leads to success and we are completely committed to facilitating every child’s vocal and dramatic learning so that they can be whoever they want to be and achieve and do whatever they want to do!

A child’s future will be shaped by how confident they are. Their success will be a result of how confident they are. We strive at Little Voices and always have done to create a positive learning environment that nurtures a child so that they feel happy, safe and secure to share their ideas, their voice, their skills, make new friends and then their confidence starts to increase as they explore and push their boundaries, acquire new skills and excel in their examinations. The examinations are a critical part of what we do at Little Voices as they act as external verification for a child (and the parents and tutors) that they are doing well !!!! It is not just about rushing through the grades and increasing your C.V. from an early age although that is a really positive element of examinations. When we distribute the results from L.A.M.D.A. examinations it is superb to see the children’s faces and how proud they are of themselves and each other. It helps them to benchmark themselves and to appreciate that pushing their comfort zone boundaries and going through the examination process was all worth it! Another key life skill!

I was reading a blog recently relating to the workplace and Craig Jarrow said in relation to confidence in adulthood that:

  • Confident people start things. They are not shy about striking out on a new idea even when those around them are still pondering it.
  • Confidence allows you to stand up for yourself in a fair and consistent manner. Otherwise, you may find yourself unheard or unfairly treated.
  • Confident people have the ability to say ‘No’ where appropriate. They do not take on unnecessary or inappropriate work or obligations. And at the same time, confident individuals say “Yes” to opportunity. They do not miss new options because they are shy. I have seen individuals’ pass up opportunities (even promotions) because they didn’t think they were “worthy.”
  • Lack of confidence can lead to paralysis from fear. Fear of failure. Fear of what others think. Fear of the unknown. To succeed, you need the confidence to face and overcome your fears.
  • Self-confidence means believing in yourself. Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.” He was right.
  • Confident individuals set the bar high and aim high. Lack of confidence leads to weak goals, setting the bar too low, and mediocre results.

 

  • Confidence lets you know your limits and test them. By stretching your limits you increase them. You are stronger than you think!
  • Confidence allows you to ask questions, even when others are silent. Confidence even lets you “ask for the job.”
  • Confident people believe in success. And more importantly, they believe in their abilityto succeed.

 

Believing in Success

Confidence leads to success.

Believe in yourself. Believe in your skills.

And most importantly, believe in your ability to succeed.

As parents we all want our children to be happy and successful and certainly at Little Voices we share your desires for your child too. It is important to us to hear from you regularly and learn about how Little Voices is helping your child or what you feel they need more help with. Please keep in regular contact with us so that we can keep helping your child and every child to conquer life with confidence!

How can your child be successful? Conquer life with confidence! What is confidence?

We talk about how Little Voices builds children’s confidence but what is confidence really and what does confidence enable you to do in adulthood?

Wikipedia states that confidence is belief in oneself, positiveness, assertiveness, self assurance.

It is true; if you have confidence then you can achieve! Having confidence leads to success and we are completely committed to facilitating every child’s vocal and dramatic learning so that they can be whoever they want to be and achieve and do whatever they want to do!

A child’s future will be shaped by how confident they are. Their success will be a result of how confident they are. We strive at Little Voices and always have done to create a positive learning environment that nurtures a child so that they feel happy, safe and secure to share their ideas, their voice, their skills, make new friends and then their confidence starts to increase as they explore and push their boundaries, acquire new skills and excel in their examinations. The examinations are a critical part of what we do at Little Voices as they act as external verification for a child (and the parents and tutors) that they are doing well !!!! It is not just about rushing through the grades and increasing your C.V. from an early age although that is a really positive element of examinations. When we distribute the results from L.A.M.D.A. examinations it is superb to see the children’s faces and how proud they are of themselves and each other. It helps them to benchmark themselves and to appreciate that pushing their comfort zone boundaries and going through the examination process was all worth it! Another key life skill!

I was reading a blog recently relating to the workplace and Craig Jarrow said in relation to confidence in adulthood that:

  • Confident people start things. They are not shy about striking out on a new idea even when those around them are still pondering it.
  • Confidence allows you to stand up for yourself in a fair and consistent manner. Otherwise, you may find yourself unheard or unfairly treated.
  • Confident people have the ability to say ‘No’ where appropriate. They do not take on unnecessary or inappropriate work or obligations. And at the same time, confident individuals say “Yes” to opportunity. They do not miss new options because they are shy. I have seen individuals’ pass up opportunities (even promotions) because they didn’t think they were “worthy.”
  • Lack of confidence can lead to paralysis from fear. Fear of failure. Fear of what others think. Fear of the unknown. To succeed, you need the confidence to face and overcome your fears.
  • Self-confidence means believing in yourself. Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.” He was right.
  • Confident individuals set the bar high and aim high. Lack of confidence leads to weak goals, setting the bar too low, and mediocre results.

 

  • Confidence lets you know your limits and test them. By stretching your limits you increase them. You are stronger than you think!
  • Confidence allows you to ask questions, even when others are silent. Confidence even lets you “ask for the job.”
  • Confident people believe in success. And more importantly, they believe in their abilityto succeed.

 

Believing in Success

Confidence leads to success.

Believe in yourself. Believe in your skills.

And most importantly, believe in your ability to succeed.

As parents we all want our children to be happy and successful and certainly at Little Voices we share your desires for your child too. It is important to us to hear from you regularly and learn about how Little Voices is helping your child or what you feel they need more help with. Please keep in regular contact with us so that we can keep helping your child and every child to conquer life with confidence!

Give your child the confidence so that that they can sparkle this year in the Nativity at school or the annual Christmas show?

The silly season is fast approaching and for many parents the diary contains the nativity at school, a Christmas Carol Service or a festive production. This is either the highlight of some children’s time at school or in the blink of an eye it becomes a dreaded event every year and permeates into adult life.

For the teachers in schools across the country they are tasked with the job of getting a minimum of 30 children to learn a script, learn song lyrics, perform with ‘A loud voice’ enter and exit the stage in an orderly fashion and give the school audience of parents, governors and fellow staff a show to remember. Teachers are fraught as of this needs to happen alongside ensuring that your child has completed the basics of literacy and numeracy each day. The individual confidence of each child and being able to embed the specific skills of helping that child to embrace the entire situation with confidence and learn skills for life from this event are likely to be a distance dream. Its impossible for school teachers to work with each child and help them to shine as an individual and ensure that it is a positive experience standing on that stage in front of all those people. Its an event in the school diary, it must happen, and it does but often with unknown and unintentional long lasting detrimental effects for the children involved.

The script comes home containing the lines that your child must learn or the character that they must play and before they know it they are on the stage in front of a hall full of faces eagerly watching them to perform.

This experience for a child can either be the moment that you realise they need to nurture their natural talents and hunt out a drama school or it can be the most terrifying event for a child ever and they dread it every year. If they trip up, end up saying something hilarious and the laughter erupts across the audience or they forget their line it can be so damaging to a child’s long-term confidence. This latter situation is all too common and makes my heart bleed. It can go on to affect any public speaking an adult does in later life, a job interview they attend, a presentation they must execute at college or a pressurised situation i.e. father of the bride speech, a eulogy.

As adults we all have to ‘perform’ and present in our lives often not through choice and it may not come naturally. This could be such a difference experience, a positive one, if as a child the foundations are laid. So many adults now talk about experiences in school choirs and in public performances that haunt them for the rest of their lives. It could all have been so different.

At an early age and throughout primary school children are forming their views on the world and their comfort zones. One awful experience on the nativity stage can have a lasting and damaging effect. However, a positive experience could set them up to shape their future.

Wouldn’t you prefer to give them the mechanisms and skills to handle public performances and presentations so that they have the foundations to cope with whatever happens in performance in front of lots of people. Would you like to be comfortable in the knowledge that your child has the skills for life to handle any moment that they are in spotlight!

Drama and singing training is fun but it is not just there to nurture the talents of those wishing to pursue a life on the stage. Some organisations are about the talented few and creating a triple threat (a dancing, acting and singing superstar) set to take the West End Stage by storm however Little Voices exists to give EVERY child the confidence to be the best that they can be. Yes we have taught West End success stories but this happens for a small minority of children/adults. Little Voices believes that every child has something special to share and that life skills such as confidence, good eye contact, excellent posture, creating a good first impression, handling  and self-belief are crucial to success in any walk of life; be it a solicitor, a shop assistant, a dentist or a doctor…the list is endless.

SO, give your child or a child that you know the chance to shine this Christmas and find a Little Voices lesson near to you!

Ellena

Give your child the confidence so that that they can sparkle this year in the Nativity at school or the annual Christmas show?

The silly season is fast approaching and for many parents the diary contains the nativity at school, a Christmas Carol Service or a festive production. This is either the highlight of some children’s time at school or in the blink of an eye it becomes a dreaded event every year and permeates into adult life.

For the teachers in schools across the country they are tasked with the job of getting a minimum of 30 children to learn a script, learn song lyrics, perform with ‘A loud voice’ enter and exit the stage in an orderly fashion and give the school audience of parents, governors and fellow staff a show to remember. Teachers are fraught as of this needs to happen alongside ensuring that your child has completed the basics of literacy and numeracy each day. The individual confidence of each child and being able to embed the specific skills of helping that child to embrace the entire situation with confidence and learn skills for life from this event are likely to be a distance dream. Its impossible for school teachers to work with each child and help them to shine as an individual and ensure that it is a positive experience standing on that stage in front of all those people. Its an event in the school diary, it must happen, and it does but often with unknown and unintentional long lasting detrimental effects for the children involved.

The script comes home containing the lines that your child must learn or the character that they must play and before they know it they are on the stage in front of a hall full of faces eagerly watching them to perform.

This experience for a child can either be the moment that you realise they need to nurture their natural talents and hunt out a drama school or it can be the most terrifying event for a child ever and they dread it every year. If they trip up, end up saying something hilarious and the laughter erupts across the audience or they forget their line it can be so damaging to a child’s long-term confidence. This latter situation is all too common and makes my heart bleed. It can go on to affect any public speaking an adult does in later life, a job interview they attend, a presentation they must execute at college or a pressurised situation i.e. father of the bride speech, a eulogy.

As adults we all have to ‘perform’ and present in our lives often not through choice and it may not come naturally. This could be such a difference experience, a positive one, if as a child the foundations are laid. So many adults now talk about experiences in school choirs and in public performances that haunt them for the rest of their lives. It could all have been so different.

At an early age and throughout primary school children are forming their views on the world and their comfort zones. One awful experience on the nativity stage can have a lasting and damaging effect. However, a positive experience could set them up to shape their future.

Wouldn’t you prefer to give them the mechanisms and skills to handle public performances and presentations so that they have the foundations to cope with whatever happens in performance in front of lots of people. Would you like to be comfortable in the knowledge that your child has the skills for life to handle any moment that they are in spotlight!

Drama and singing training is fun but it is not just there to nurture the talents of those wishing to pursue a life on the stage. Some organisations are about the talented few and creating a triple threat (a dancing, acting and singing superstar) set to take the West End Stage by storm however Little Voices exists to give EVERY child the confidence to be the best that they can be. Yes we have taught West End success stories but this happens for a small minority of children/adults. Little Voices believes that every child has something special to share and that life skills such as confidence, good eye contact, excellent posture, creating a good first impression, handling  and self-belief are crucial to success in any walk of life; be it a solicitor, a shop assistant, a dentist or a doctor…the list is endless.

SO, give your child or a child that you know the chance to shine this Christmas and find a Little Voices lesson near to you!

Ellena

What a fabulous Autumn term we have had!

Little Voices Newcastle December Newsletter

 

Dear All,

Welcome to our December newsletter! This has been an incredibly exciting term at Little Voices Newcastle, with our performance at St James’s Park, and our tutors really dedicating themselves to teaching the children some excellent singing and acting skills and techniques!

The pupils are all ready to start on our third set of LAMDA exams! For those who have never taken them before, the LAMDA exams are nothing to be scared of- the day itself is super exciting and the pupils are left with an amazing feeling of achievement! They go in so well prepared, and they meet one of the team of examiners, all of whom are lovely and extremely child friendly! Our younger pupils recite a poem and have a conversation about a favourite toy or book, which they bring with them, and our older pupils take part in a group musical theatre exam- they all go in together, and Jenni goes with them as their pianist, so they will feel very confident and they will be super prepared!

The children will be bringing home their scripts and poems this month to read and get excited about over the Christmas holidays!

Remember, there is no cost attached to the LAMDA exams, as this is all part of your monthly fee!

There will be a newsletter in the New Year with an article entitled Why LAMDA? But in the meantime, in a nut shell, we enter the pupils for LAMDA exams because:

The prestigious awards look great on their future CVs, and after grade 5 can be used as extra UCAS points

They help develop pupil’s confidence, public speaking skills, team work, sense of pride, conversational skills, singing and acting technique, memory, concentration, self-belief and more!

If you have any questions please just ask any of the team!

 

A letter from Jane Maudsley, Little Voices Founder and Managing Director

“This month is all about proud moments and my goodness there has been a lot of those over the last 10 years. My list of proud moments would fill reams of pages so I thought that I would just touch on a couple!

I remember driving home from Little Voices over 9 years ago and thinking to myself “Wow Jane, Little Voices helps children, really helps children, drama and singing really impacts their lives and helps them to achieve their dreams, not just to pursue a life on the stage but in any context. We could help children across the country, the possibilities are endless.” But in the car that night I saw Little Voices happening every night of the week in every area of the country. At the time my partner in crime at Little Voices didn’t believe that that was possible. But it is true that whatever you can believe you can achieve. Whatever you can see and visualise really does have the possibility of becoming reality. We truly believe as an organisation in inspiring your child to be the best that they can be.

I see it every single day. I see the possibility in every single child. Every child has something special to share and all they need is the belief in themselves to do it. Giving a child that confidence and that self-belief is what makes me proud. Anything really is possible. Reaching 10 years last month was a proud moment and the video that my colleagues here in the office put together reduced me to tears. You can see it on YouTube or head over to the Little Voices Facebook page to see it. www.facebook.com/LittleVoicesLimited to view it. It was the messages from tutors and Principals, my parents and my daughter that really got me!!!! I just had a dream in the car that day (all those years ago) and then worked hard and am still working hard every day to ensure that we are the best that we can be and Little Voices is recognised around the UK by parents as the best provider of drama and singing lessons for children, ALL children. We are not talent spotting or producing the next star (although that naturally happens) but we are all about the individual child and caring for them. #proudmoments

I was watching Strictly Come Dancing a few weeks ago and saw the contestant who is a Para Olympian, Jonnie Peacock. Despite all the physical odds, contracting meningitis in childhood he has gone on to achieve amazing things. That gentleman was dancing the jive with a blade that enabled him to dance and perform and achieve such outstanding achievement on the track in the Olympics. I have similarly watched children overcome adversity in their lives and go on to achieve. This makes me proud. We had a group at Little Voices who performed the emotional death scene from Jane Eyre for an exam shortly after one of the members of the group had lost a parent to cancer. It was unbelievable how the group of young people no older than 13 years old pulled together and delivered that piece of musical theatre. The atmosphere in the room was incredible so much so that the examiner must have felt it (he knew nothing of the underlying adversity facing one individual in the group in particular) as he stood up at his desk and applauded them at the end in the exam room. That was a proud moment.

This month we are sharing #proudmoments on our Facebook pages and newsletters across the country. Tutors are sharing them, pupils, parent and principals.

Please let us know about the things that make you proud. Share your stories with your Principal and your child’s tutors, we love to hear about our pupils achievements and share them!”

 

We really care about your child.

“Little Voices is all about care and attention to each individual child at Little Voices working towards examinations. We really care about each individual child’s needs, and why each child is attending Little Voices. The exams are fantastic preparation and training for life and the structure of our lessons not only promote the core skills and techniques of singing and drama but also life skills. The importance of voice projection, eye contact, handling adrenalin in pressured situations, preparation and practise so that career interviews and work presentations in the future are manageable! They are a fantastic way to promote confidence and pack a CV from a very early age – after all, the examination board LAMDA has been going since 1863 and so the kudos on a CV or application form is quite special for your child.

Never hesitate to ask and talk to your Principal. It is what we are here for.”

Grace Parker, Franchise Operations, Little Voices Head Office

 

Have a fabulous Christmas, and remember to check the back of this (and every) newsletter for our term dates and holiday workshops!

Happy Holidays!

Jenni, Laura, Charlotte and Leah

 

P.S. Please note all our holiday workshops and theatre weeks are now at the Robert Stewart Memorial Church Hall in Fenham

If you attend Little Voices Gosforth: Please check the term dates to see which lessons take place at the Robert Stewart Memorial Church Hall! (As Westfield is a private school their terms are short, and as such occasionally they are closed during our last week of term)

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Little Voices Fenham Little Voices Gosforth
Robert Stewart Memorial Church Hall

Tuesdays:

December: 5th, 12th, 19th

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS- no lessons 26th December and 2nd January

January: 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

February: 6th

HALF TERM LITTLE VOICES WORKSHOP MONDAY 12th FEBRUARY 10am-4pm ROBERT STEWART MEMORIAL CHURCH only £20 for Little Voices pupils!!

February: 20th, 27th

March: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

EASTER HOLIDAYS- no lessons 3rd and 10th April

April: 17th, 24th

May: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

HALF TERM

HALF TERM. FRIDAY 1st JUNE WORKSHOP. 10am-4pm  venue ROBERT STEWART MEMORIAL CHURCH only £20 for Little Voices pupils!!

June: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

July: 3rd, 10th, 17th

SUMMER HOLIDAYS

SUMMER THEATRE WEEK. AUGUST 20th-23rd, 10am-4pm, VENUE ROBERT STEWART MEMORIAL CHURCH only £65 for Little Voices pupils!!

 

Westfield School

Thursdays:

December:  7th, 14th

December 21st  VENUE ROBERT STEWART MEMORIAL HALL, FENHAM

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS- no lessons 28th December and 4th January

January:  11th, 18th, 25th,

February: 1st, 8th

HALF TERM. LITTLE VOICES WORKSHOP MONDAY 12th FEBRUARY 10am-4pm ROBERT STEWART MEMORIAL CHURCH only £20 for Little Voices pupils!!

February: 22nd

March: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

March 29th VENUE ROBERT STEWART MEMORIAL CHURCH

EASTER HOLIDAYS- no lessons 5th and 12th April

April: 19th, 26th,

May: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24the

HALF TERM. FRIDAY 1st JUNE WORKSHOP. 10am-4pm  venue ROBERT STEWART MEMORIAL CHURCH only £20 for Little Voices pupils!!

June: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

July: 5th

JULY 12th and 19th VENUE ROBERT STEWART MEMORIAL CHURCH

SUMMER HOLIDAYS:

SUMMER THEATRE WEEK. AUGUST 20th-23rd, 10am-4pm, VENUE ROBERT STEWART MEMORIAL CHURCH only £65 for Little Voices pupils!!

Give your child the confidence so that that they can sparkle this year in the Nativity at school or the annual Christmas show?

The silly season is fast approaching and for many parents the diary contains the nativity at school, a Christmas Carol Service or a festive production. This is either the highlight of some children’s time at school or in the blink of an eye it becomes a dreaded event every year and permeates into adult life.

For the teachers in schools across the country they are tasked with the job of getting a minimum of 30 children to learn a script, learn song lyrics, perform with ‘A loud voice’ enter and exit the stage in an orderly fashion and give the school audience of parents, governors and fellow staff a show to remember. Teachers are fraught as of this needs to happen alongside ensuring that your child has completed the basics of literacy and numeracy each day. The individual confidence of each child and being able to embed the specific skills of helping that child to embrace the entire situation with confidence and learn skills for life from this event are likely to be a distance dream. Its impossible for school teachers to work with each child and help them to shine as an individual and ensure that it is a positive experience standing on that stage in front of all those people. Its an event in the school diary, it must happen, and it does but often with unknown and unintentional long lasting detrimental effects for the children involved.

The script comes home containing the lines that your child must learn or the character that they must play and before they know it they are on the stage in front of a hall full of faces eagerly watching them to perform.

This experience for a child can either be the moment that you realise they need to nurture their natural talents and hunt out a drama school or it can be the most terrifying event for a child ever and they dread it every year. If they trip up, end up saying something hilarious and the laughter erupts across the audience or they forget their line it can be so damaging to a child’s long-term confidence. This latter situation is all too common and makes my heart bleed. It can go on to affect any public speaking an adult does in later life, a job interview they attend, a presentation they must execute at college or a pressurised situation i.e. father of the bride speech, a eulogy.

As adults we all have to ‘perform’ and present in our lives often not through choice and it may not come naturally. This could be such a difference experience, a positive one, if as a child the foundations are laid. So many adults now talk about experiences in school choirs and in public performances that haunt them for the rest of their lives. It could all have been so different.

At an early age and throughout primary school children are forming their views on the world and their comfort zones. One awful experience on the nativity stage can have a lasting and damaging effect. However, a positive experience could set them up to shape their future.

Wouldn’t you prefer to give them the mechanisms and skills to handle public performances and presentations so that they have the foundations to cope with whatever happens in performance in front of lots of people. Would you like to be comfortable in the knowledge that your child has the skills for life to handle any moment that they are in spotlight!

Drama and singing training is fun but it is not just there to nurture the talents of those wishing to pursue a life on the stage. Some organisations are about the talented few and creating a triple threat (a dancing, acting and singing superstar) set to take the West End Stage by storm however Little Voices exists to give EVERY child the confidence to be the best that they can be. Yes we have taught West End success stories but this happens for a small minority of children/adults. Little Voices believes that every child has something special to share and that life skills such as confidence, good eye contact, excellent posture, creating a good first impression, handling  and self-belief are crucial to success in any walk of life; be it a solicitor, a shop assistant, a dentist or a doctor…the list is endless.

SO, give your child or a child that you know the chance to shine this Christmas and find a Little Voices lesson near to you!

Ali Hartland

 

 

 

 

Give your child the confidence so that that they can sparkle this year in the Nativity at school or the annual Christmas show?

The silly season is fast approaching and for many parents the diary contains the nativity at school, a Christmas Carol Service or a festive production. This is either the highlight of some children’s time at school or in the blink of an eye it becomes a dreaded event every year and permeates into adult life.

For the teachers in schools across the country they are tasked with the job of getting a minimum of 30 children to learn a script, learn song lyrics, perform with ‘A loud voice’ enter and exit the stage in an orderly fashion and give the school audience of parents, governors and fellow staff a show to remember. Teachers are fraught as of this needs to happen alongside ensuring that your child has completed the basics of literacy and numeracy each day. The individual confidence of each child and being able to embed the specific skills of helping that child to embrace the entire situation with confidence and learn skills for life from this event are likely to be a distance dream. Its impossible for school teachers to work with each child and help them to shine as an individual and ensure that it is a positive experience standing on that stage in front of all those people. Its an event in the school diary, it must happen, and it does but often with unknown and unintentional long lasting detrimental effects for the children involved.

The script comes home containing the lines that your child must learn or the character that they must play and before they know it they are on the stage in front of a hall full of faces eagerly watching them to perform.

This experience for a child can either be the moment that you realise they need to nurture their natural talents and hunt out a drama school or it can be the most terrifying event for a child ever and they dread it every year. If they trip up, end up saying something hilarious and the laughter erupts across the audience or they forget their line it can be so damaging to a child’s long-term confidence. This latter situation is all too common and makes my heart bleed. It can go on to affect any public speaking an adult does in later life, a job interview they attend, a presentation they must execute at college or a pressurised situation i.e. father of the bride speech, a eulogy.

As adults we all have to ‘perform’ and present in our lives often not through choice and it may not come naturally. This could be such a difference experience, a positive one, if as a child the foundations are laid. So many adults now talk about experiences in school choirs and in public performances that haunt them for the rest of their lives. It could all have been so different.

At an early age and throughout primary school children are forming their views on the world and their comfort zones. One awful experience on the nativity stage can have a lasting and damaging effect. However, a positive experience could set them up to shape their future.

Wouldn’t you prefer to give them the mechanisms and skills to handle public performances and presentations so that they have the foundations to cope with whatever happens in performance in front of lots of people. Would you like to be comfortable in the knowledge that your child has the skills for life to handle any moment that they are in spotlight!

Drama and singing training is fun but it is not just there to nurture the talents of those wishing to pursue a life on the stage. Some organisations are about the talented few and creating a triple threat (a dancing, acting and singing superstar) set to take the West End Stage by storm however Little Voices exists to give EVERY child the confidence to be the best that they can be. Yes we have taught West End success stories but this happens for a small minority of children/adults. Little Voices believes that every child has something special to share and that life skills such as confidence, good eye contact, excellent posture, creating a good first impression, handling  and self-belief are crucial to success in any walk of life; be it a solicitor, a shop assistant, a dentist or a doctor…the list is endless.

SO, give your child or a child that you know the chance to shine this Christmas and find a Little Voices lesson near to you.

Ben