What Makes Little Voices Different and Special?

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 our Studio in Preston or to arrange a phone call to see how we can enhance the education in your school please email Rachel@littlevoices.org.uk or phone 07480 064828

TOP VOCAL TIPS – Number one!

To produce a better sound you need to ensure you do certain things.

Vocal Tip # 1: Posture

I am always saying to my own young children – Don’t lean, stand up straight!
My own parents and grandparent always said to me as a child, “STAND UP STRAIGHT don’t SLOUCH!”
For performers the truth is…….it makes you a better singer.
How?
It’s vitally important to align your body parts and prepare them to support your sound, while eliminating tension. Tension not only makes you feel uncomfortable and affects your mood, but can greatly restrict air flow, making singing a chore rather than pure enjoyment.
Exercise: Find a wall and stand with your back to it. Place your head to the wall so that your chin is parallel to the floor. Open your shoulders and roll them back to the wall. Without allowing your spine to touch, slowly move your back towards the wall to straighten. Arms to your sides. Feet shoulder width apart, find your balance. Try to relax. The only tension you create should be in your abdominal muscles that are supporting your singing. It is more effective if you do this in front of a mirror. This can especially help you to visualize your stance after you see and feel proper posture!

 

 

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So what two things can we focus on to enable your child to increase their confidence?

In Little Voices lessons one of our main aims is to instil and develop confidence into our pupils right from day one. This is done through structured lessons and informal activities such as games.

But how can you also help build and develop your child’s confidence?

1) Encouragement and Compliments are key to a child’s confidence in any subject. By focussing on what they do really well, they will start to believe. Once a child starts to believe in themselves they will start to achieve. This is why in the notebooks we have ‘www’ it stands for ‘what went well’ – this is key to a child’s confidence and all round development not just in drama and singing. In many ways at Little Voices drama and singing is the fun, educational vehicle used to help this fundamental life skill!

 
2) Focusing on the ‘Glass half Full’ is so crucial to a child believing in themselves and achieving. Concentrate on all the things that a child does really well. So for instance if we have a child who is playing ‘Oliver’ in the musical by the same name and he can’t do a Cockney accent it is not the end of the world. We need to concentrate and accentuate all the things that he does well when playing this character; his natural swagger, body language, characterisation, interaction with his other characters, well executed sung vocal solos with accurate diction, articulation, breathing and projection.

 

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“What to look out for this Christmas when our children, or indeed we, put on a show”

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We have all done it or been at a relative’s house when their children have done it or indeed we have got involved and……… “put on a show!”

The obligatory dressing up box, high heels, microphone, piano, keyboard, guitar and the important ingredient……… that all important …….. audience!

Even in your twenties, thirties, forties and beyond it is fun to have a jamming session or impromptu sing along with friends and family after a meal.

Wherever you are this Christmas, whether it is you, your 4 year old, your teenage son or friends make sure that you encourage that performance, give lots of praise and at the same time secretly watch!

Look out for the:
· Projection of their speaking or singing voice
· Confidence to sing or act alone
· Excellent breath control
· Creative imagination as they improvise songs or scenes
· Impressively crisp diction
· Natural musicality, rhythm, timing and intonation
· Innate Comedy
· Ability to rise to the occasion
· Spatial awareness and appropriate use of movement
· Spontaneity

These are all important aspects of performance and practise makes perfect. Performances of all types are crucial! Let this holiday season be a fun filled, impromptu performance one!

First Impressions!

Well, it is interesting, you have exactly 60 seconds. Just 60 seconds to make a first impression and this is exactly what we were talking about to children in some Little Voices lessons last night. Making a first impression is crucial not just in examinations but in every area of your life.

 
It is why life skills and confidence is taught so beautifully in the setting of Drama and singing with Little Voices. We talk about exactly how to enter the examination room, how to present yourself in terms of posture, eye contact and energy!

 
It is statistically proven that over 70% of a first impression is created through one’s body language alone and over 20% by the tone of your voice! So that leaves less than 10% being about the words that you actually say.

 
Our children are so well prepared for examinations that they are not a ‘scary’ experience but an experience that they can handle with true professionalism (even our gorgeous Mini Voices children as young as 4 years old!)

 
We talk about ‘first impressions’ with the Voices and Little Voices pupils and explain all about the importance of their body language and delivery of their voice. We talk about being so full of energy and smiley as they walk smartly into the examination room and deliver their poem with the Mini Voices pupils.
There is a huge difference between the first time they practice walking into the examination room in a lesson sometimes dragging their feet or looking sad, to the end of a first impressions lesson!

 

These skills are easily transversible into a job interview situation or an interview for college or a new school! They never forget the tips given to them to create a first impression within 60 seconds!

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