What makes Little Voices different to any other Performing Arts Organisation?

For those of you who may not have come across Little Voices before, we are a company that leads with our heart and genuinely cares for every individual that walks through our doors! Little Voices is an organisation that’s been nurturing children and guiding them for 13 years! We use drama, singing and performance skills that equip children for life! At Little Voices you will find outstanding tuition, expert guidance, support and traditional methods of teaching drama and singing, so that children can pursue a life on the stage or increase their confidence in all areas of their life.
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.

So, what makes Little Voices different to any other Performing Arts Organisation?

 

LAMDA

In lessons pupils are taught and prepared for their LAMDA exams (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts). These exams are widely recognised and do eventually go towards UCAS points. These UCAS points can assist with our pupil’s University applications, so essentially pupils are building their CV from an early age! LAMDA have high standards and outstanding worldwide reputation. We do teach this is an extremely fun and up lifting way filled with positive reinforcement and encouragement! Little Voices is the second biggest customer, globally, to LAMDA with thousands of pupils across the UK achieving exam success each year! We are proud of our 100% Pass Rate and from this year our pupils even feature on the LAMDA website!

Giving Parents Peace of Mind!

Children’s activities in the UK are UNREGULATED.. Did you know that?! So parents have no idea whether the classes are safe! Activity providers don’t have any set standards to benchmark their services against, so anyone can set up a class with no safety standards, health regulations, training even – in place! Shocking, isn’t it?!

However, here at Little Voices we have been awarded 5 Gold Stars by The Children’s Activities Association, for compliance in everything from paediatric first aid, to GDPR to safeguarding, fire marshalling, and with the current circumstance, infection control and COVID 19 training- meaning that parents who enrol their children with Little Voices have FULL peace of mind that the

y will be looked after by full DBS enhanced tutors and that they have passed all Health & Safety & First Aid Qualifications.

Little Voices is the FIRST Performing Arts organisation to proudly pass this.

 

Small Class Sizes

At Little Voices we follow a very unique lesson structure of Drama and Singing. These lessons alternate each week, pupils have a full lesson focusing on their drama skills one week, and a full lesson concentrating on their vocal skills in singing the next week and so on. 

But, One of the biggest differences at Little Voices to any other organisation, is our super small class sizes. We work with children in groups of no more than 8! There are SO many benefits of this. Firstly, pupils get a lot more focus and attention from their tutors. Tutor are able to adapt lessons to suit the needs and strengths of our pupils. Not only are pupils receiving expert tuition, but a tutor is able to really nurture each individual personality and build a bond that promotes a child to feel 100% comfortable and safe in their lessons. In order for a child to grow and develop skills its important they feel both these things! As well as growing each individual personality, our small groups also encourage team work and all the skills to work as part of a team! From listening skills, to problem solving and being part of a ‘cast’! These are skills that are important throughout life.
We love our small class sizes! It ensure NO child gets left at the back, no matter how shy or confident, and children are able to make friends, some that may stick with them for life!
Although we do work towards exams, building a child’s confidence and nurturing each individual personality is our main focus!

              

Children’s Mental Health & Well being

Here at Little Voices we are passionate about creating a safe environment for children to feel safe and comfortable in their own skin! We are always promoting positive reinforcement and encourage children to talk through their feelings, and use their time with us to truly express themselves!- That’s what theatre is all about after all!

Did you know anxiety affects 1 in 5 children in the UK?  We know children go through lots of ups and downs in their lives, they can be open to nerves and anxieties, and this may be even more heightened with the current pandemic. At a time when children’s confidence is quite low, they’re struggling with emotions & feelings, performing arts lessons, particularly those taught in small classes, really help with positive mental health & help create a happy child!

At Little Voices we thrive on building a child’s confidence, and this is done by building a very special bond between tutor & pupil, they trust their tutors and are encouraged to give anything a go, with no fear of making mistakes! Each child is on their own little journey & have different needs, it’s up to us to nurture their own personalities and help them grow!! The skills they learn to help cope with emotions, nerves, changes in life, are skills will stick with them throughout life.

Critical thinking skills and creative problem-solving abilities are goals for children’s development, as well as exploring different emotions! Not only that, but singing and drama actually have SO many health benefits too!

 

Schools

We recognise the tremendous work teachers do for our children. At Little Voices we work very closely with school teachers to help provide this tuition that may be missing in the school. With cuts to the curriculum, we understand the pressure schools may be under to provide a taste of the Arts to their pupils. We have had many conversations with Head teachers over the past year, who simply don’t have the time or the expertise to give pupils this option, and we completely understand this! We are an external organisation that works very closely with each schools needs to create a programme that’s right for their pupils and school, enabling schools to give their pupils chance to explore their imaginations, build confidence and develop life skills. We currently have school partnerships and have been helping schools to create super happy children and creating a safe space to talk through their feelings and have fun!

 

If you would like to book free trial lesson at any of our centres across the Fylde Coast, or to arrange a phone call with your school please email or phone on 07599709306

Skills for life (part 2)

 


 

SO, just to recap… We’ve already heard about understanding emotions, learning empathy, team work skills, language and communication skills… But there is more. All this from a drama and singing lesson… Yes. So as well as getting trained to a very high level in these skills, the other skills are just as valuable, if not more so for everyday life! 

One of our biggest aims of our lessons is to help our children grow in confidence. A confident child is a happy child. The word confident, doesn’t mean over confident and cocky, it is a child who is comfortable in their own skin, who believes in themselves, and who has the ability to do what can actually seem like fairly simple tasks. For example making friends, putting their hand up in class, reading out loud, applying for a job, asking a tough question. Having confidence comes into lots of parts of our everyday life. If we build on these skills from a young age then we hope that children will grow into well rounded happy adults!

Our classrooms provide a safe space for children to explore their inner creativity and we really embrace individuality. We know and love that each child is individual and has their own ways. We welcome every individual personality with welcome arms. This builds on a childs confidence to be themselves – and what more could you want for your child! 

To chat more about the skills for life, we’d love to speak. It is a topic we are really passionate about! Have you noticed your child is getting any of these skills in their lessons? Are there any of these skills you want us to specifically work on with your child?

We are there for you and your child and we really care. 

Questions? Get in touch! Email me on samantha@littlevoices.org.uk or call on 07515 873894.

Skills for life (part 1)

 

 

When we talk about drama and singing lessons or performing arts lessons not everybody understands just what that means. Or who these lessons are suitable for. At Little Voices we like to think of ourselves as a little bit different because we aren’t actively trying to make our pupils into the next big star (although with our training some children do go on to follow their dreams of being on the stage or television). We follow a set of beliefs that make our lessons inclusive to everybody, whether they are wanting to follow a career on the stage, or whether they are wanting more confidence, or to gain skills for life. 

What do we mean by skills for life? 

Drama and singing helps us to understand emotions, and why somebody may be feeling a certain way. It therefore allows children to build the skills to empathise and be accepting of others. We live in a world where it is so important to be kind and accepting, and teaching our children these skills young will stay with them for life. 

Along side that is will help with team work skills. Children and adults very rarely have situations in which they only have themselves to work with or consider. Our small class sizes of no more than 8 give children the chance from very early on to work as a team. When our children work on their exam pieces they have to work together to create their performance, and then to help each other out. If one child forgets their line for example, it is their responsibility as a team to help each other out. 

Performing arts lessons help with language and communication skills. When learning scripts, poems, or just within the context of a general lesson children will pick up new words, and in what context those words are to be used. When learning about emotion, how to speak to people, how things are said, the importance of eye contact etc then all helps to teach children how to communicate effectively with their peers and other people outside of their lessons too. I’m sure we can all agree that communication is a vital skill.

If you would like your child to experience Little Voices lessons and start to build these vital life skills, you can book 2 free trial lessons by contacting  samantha@littlevoices.org.uk or 07515 873894.