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.

Virtual lessons keep our pupils happy!

 

Little Voices is living and breathing positivity – as a provider and educator of LAMDA, Singing and Drama tuition for children aged 4 – 18 years. Little Voices have moved their lessons online and have made it their duty to make sure their pupils and parents have peace of mind that their after school classes would be able to continue – spreading love, care, fun and learning at such un precedented times.

Little Voices work closely with schools including; Guildford High School, Guilford County School, Brookwood Primary School, St Swithuns Junior School, St Andrews Pangbourne and Ash Grange Primary providing either lessons during the school day or after school Drama and Singing lessons of distinction preparing children for yearly LAMDA exam awards. 

Sadly not all other after schools clubs have been able to continue and run online. Little Voices nationwide have managed to accomplish a great deal by moving their lessons and large number of classes online with great support from their parents and head teachers at the schools they work with.

They teach in small groups of up to eight pupils, so they can bring everyone together online to see each other, for short bursts of online interactive lessons along with their teacher ‘keeping calm and carrying on’. 

To find out more about Little Voices contact principal Samantha MacGregor on: 07515 873894 or email samantha@littlevoices.org.uk.

 

I confess to being rather sceptical about online drama/musical theatre lessons but you have totally pulled it out of the bag; Daisy has genuinely LOVED her Monday evening lessons with Little Voices. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Emily DaviesParent

Give the gift of confidence

 

 

As a parent, finish the sentence…
All I want for Christmas is – a happy confident child? Perhaps?

Absolutely! All parents wish for their children to be happy and confident! Well did you know that
you can give the gift of confidence to your child? How can you help your child with confidence you
ask? Well to start with it is coming up to nativity time. A time when most children across the country
will take part in a Christmas performance in front of family and friends. For some children this is
really exciting, but for others it is highly daunting! The thought of having lines, songs and to stand up
in front of an audience to perform this fills them with dread. How can you help to take this feeling
away from them and ensure that they can enjoy their nativity and feel confident?

Discuss the lines and the script with your child and practice songs and script at home with them.
Practice again and again and again. After all practice does make perfect!
Have a chat with your Little Voices tutor. They may also be able to help!

If you know of any children who are struggling, then please send them in our direction for a chat.
We’d love to help. We know that lack of confidence or a bad experience can follow a child to adult
life. However, the feeling of being happy and confident and a wonderful performing experience will
also follow a child into adult life!

Happy December!

 

Samantha 🙂

We are so proud!

 

Well is it really Christmas next month!? Where has this year gone? Having said that we really have filled the year with so much, and celebrated so many successes nationally, it has just been amazing! At Little Voices one of our beliefs is for children as well as tutors and Principals alike, to be the ‘best that they can be’. That really is all you can ask of someone, isn’t it? Everybody has their own strengths and everybody is different. Actually if we were all the same the world would be a very boring place. No child is the same as another child, and we celebrate every single child’s individual ways. Successes for us aren’t just incredible exam results, which of COURSE we celebrate, they are also the little successes that happen every single week. The little successes are often what make the ‘big’ success happen. We build confidence in children.

Some children some to our lessons because they want to be on the West End, lots because they enjoy performing and lots because their parents think they will benefit from more confidence in their everyday life.  Confidence to do things like put their hand up in class, confidence to make friends, confidence to go for an interview at a University. With confidence you open so many doors. When parents tell us that their child was happy to stand up and do their homework presentation in class, and they felt confident in doing so, it really is music to our ears. 

 

Our exam results are something we are incredibly proud of. We have had a wonderful relationship with LAMDA for 12 years now, and we have watched thousands of children take their exams and pass with flying colours too!  To see any child with their certificate is incredible. That certificate symbolises hard work, commitment, and confidence to perform in front of another person. Confidence to make friends with their group. Confidence to turn up on exam day and do their very best. It is so much more than a sheet of paper. 

 

On top of the successes that happen daily and yearly for our pupils, our tutors are also a huge part of those successes. Our tutors are the people who inspire and are the builders of confidence. They encourage, praise and ensure that every single child is made to feel incredibly special. They are the foundation to ensuring that the success happens. 

 

In Head Office, Jane Maudsley our CEO won Industry Champion of the Year! A huge success for all centres nationwide. A huge success as it symbolises that we are doing everything to ensure that your children are safe, happy and we do exactly what we say we do.  

A whole year (almost) of successes to celebrate, and we are SO incredibly proud of everybody who is part of Little Voices. 

Little Voices lessons at St Andrews Pangbourne

Does your child love to Act?

Do they need more confidence? 

ENROLLING NOW FOR SEPTEMBER!

 

  • Drama and Singing lessons of Distinction
  • For children aged 4 -13 years
  • Working towards LAMDA examinations
  • 100% Pass Rate
  • Building Confidence and Promoting social development
  • Fun & Inspiring tuition taught in a safe and stimulating environmentLittle Voices is an established company training children aged 4 – 13 years in Performing Arts preparing them for prestigious LAMDA Communication and Musical  and Theatre exams. We believe in gaining life skills to follow your dreams and that every child has something amazing to share! Our fun and inspiring drama lessons build children’s confidence and promote their development in a happy, positive, safe and stimulating environment. The examinations are nothing to worry about and are a super, positive end of year achievement for every child to work towards!

 

To book your child onto a class simply complete the form below or email us: samantha@littlevoices.org.uk or call: 07515 873894. We will then be in touch to discuss our availability, confirm your child’s place and send you payment details.

 

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The benefits of group exams

 

 

For generations LAMDA was renowned for its individual Acting examinations however the group exams have a multitude of benefits that cannot and should not be overlooked. They allow every child to shine, every child to play to their strengths and use their individual vocal and dramatic talents within the group piece. They are marked as a group. This is fundamental……..the success of any project is always a team effort and not individual performances. The Olympic cyclists and rowers and athletes pull together as a team and medals are won for Great Britain as a whole. Yes individual performances stand out but it is how the team works together that counts. It is the same on the West End stage. A review is written about the entire cast, the group together, this is theatre! TRUE Theatre. There will be individual star performances but it is a group, team, effort that attracts success. That involves not just the performers but the entire technical team and production teams too!

If you are going to follow a career on the stage you very rarely work ALONE – in fact you don’t. Even a one woman show makes demands that you work with others in the theatre; the director, the stage manager, the crew! Sometimes things go wrong and it is how the team works together that enables the show to go on. 

At Little Voices we are committed to building fundamental life skills in children and young people. Techniques and behaviours that will set children up for life…….of course this is inbuilt into singing and drama lessons in the most fun and highly structured way possible! However all of these skills are easily transferred into life in general and a career path into the arts!

We all have to work as part of a team within our job roles in later life and learning to work as part of a cast in a piece of Musical Theatre for a group examination really does teach the fundamental life skills of teamwork and playing to your strengths, being reliable and supporting each other.

Individual exams have their very important place but when weighing up the benefits the group exams have all the elements of solo exams and for children aged up to 13 years they provide a fantastic examination foundation in musical theatre or acting.

How can lessons help my very shy child?

 

Read on to find out how we can help…

An under confident child just needs nurturing. Our lessons have the perfect ingredients in order to bring the best out of any child.

  • Small class sizes – Our children are put into groups of no more than 8 children. The small number of children allows us to know each child individually. What are the benefits of small class sizes? Well, no child will ‘get lost’ within the class, we know each child individually, the children are getting lots of care and individual attention as well as gaining group skills.
  • We work towards LAMDA exams – the first stages of the LAMDA exams that we teach our mini voices children are made to specifically build communication skills. Exams are treated as EXCITING and NOT scary. Giving children the confidence to speak out, and also to be prepared in later life for other exams and speaking in front of other people.
  • Make friends – in our nurturing environment our pupils make friends outside of their school environment. Building and making friendships is a huge part of our lessons.
  • Highly qualified tutors – our tutors are so highly qualified that they know their subject very well, and they know just how to get the best out of a child! Perfect!

The list could go on and on… It’s just that we understand what environment a child needs to be in to be nurtured. And we ensure that every single centre and lesson does just that!

What to tell your friends about Little Voices

 

Little Voices builds confidence and nurtures talent through inspirational education in music and drama for children aged 4-18. Our trained singing and drama tutors follow a LAMDA syllabus and teach in small class sizes of 8 children. We are passionate about helping all of our pupils reach their full potential and we take great care to get to know every child. It’s a wonderful caring environment where everyone gets a part and your child can make new friends and grow in confidence and develop so many important life skills such as posture, eye contact, good communication skills, handing nerves and most importantly, confidence.  

 

Our tutors make learning fun…

At Little Voices we totally understand that if a pupil is enjoying their lesson, then they are much more likely to learn. We learn lots through games, and every single game has a reason and a purpose behind it. The more the children enjoy what they are doing the more they will learn.

Once children come to our centres they will be warmly welcomed into a small group of similar age/ability children. They may feel a little apprehensive but how they leave the teaching room will be different to when they first arrived. They will feel safe, they will have fun and they will experience an inspiring lesson with our tutors. Our tutors want the very best for your child; they want to get to know them, to make them feel included in the group dynamic as soon as possible and because our groups are so small our tutors know every child individually by name and what they are capable of. Our tutors are very passionate, highly motivated and genuinely care. They have a love and experience of the performing arts, they have high expectations and help your child to be the best that they can be. Often tutors have performed themselves as well has having teaching experience and this helps to inspire children, give them ideas and suggestions on how to access characters, their voice and reach their full potential.

 

No one forgets a great teacher…

When you went to school do you have a couple of teachers who stick out in your mind for being great teachers? If so, what made them so great? Was it the fact that they made every lesson boring and the same? Or was it the fact that the lessons were full of fun and inspiration? I’m going to guess the second one. 

A good teacher is a teacher who uses lots of different resources and techniques to get the best out of their pupils. Someone who has the ability to inspire, listen to and encourage its pupils. 

We only recruit great teachers. Our lessons are lessons of distinction, and in order to ensure that, we need to recruit tutors of distinction. 

Who inspired you at school? And why? Why not ask your children the same, the answers really are priceless. 

Would love to hear your answers! 

 How can we ensure that our children have confidence?

 

6 tips in ensuring our children have confidence… 

  1. Give praise where praise is due. 
  2. Lots of positive talking with a growth mindset
  3. Put them in different situations where they have to speak to lots of different people of all ages. 
  4. Let them make their own decisions – guiding them as necessary. 
  5. Nurture their special interests. 
  6. And of course send them to Little Voices so that we can get to know them and nurture their special talents