WHY IS PERFORMING ARTS SO IMPORTANT FOR CHILDREN?

There are so many benefits and core skills Performing Arts teaches children. Performing Arts plays a huge role in helping children to develop their creative skills, language skills, social skills, decision making, risk taking, emotional intelligence and how to communicate effectively with others with CONFIDENCE!

Performing Arts is all about self-expression and exploring alternative options, learning how to work with different people and ideas and embracing individuality! There is no right or wrong answers, it’s all a matter of perception and expression and this helps to improve self-confidence and self-belief, leading onto a natural pathway for children to master many more skills that will support them through life!

Performing Arts gives children a space to explore different ideas and concepts and try out different point of views- which is SO important in this day and age! Most importantly Performing Arts allows children to be playful and creative. To explore curiosity and try out new things and new ways of thinking! Children learn to trust others and build relationships as they learn to share their own ideas and thoughts with confidence, and to listen to others with respect.

Whether or not children decide to go on to pursue acting or singing professionally, participating in drama and music lessons will help them to develop life skills that are a growing necessity in the modern workplace (sometimes this is the difference between getting the job over someone who is great on paper but in person lacks confidence). Performing Arts inspire creativity, and increasingly valued skills in most workplaces!
Every child at some point in their life will experience a job interview, or a situation in which they will have to speak and present themselves. With  an experience of performing arts and the confidence and communication skills that this equips children with, children feel empowered in whatever career path they decide to follow as they become adults!

Performing Arts is a brilliant way of allowing children to express their feelings and emotions. Its a place for them to express themselves and to work through their emotions in a safe environment. It’s a way of letting off steam, reducing frustrations and dealing with anxieties, which is VITAL for good mental health! If they have already experienced the nerves and anxieties when performing, children are more likely to recognise these feelings in later life and able to cope with them!

Performing Arts teach children to never give up! That they can achieve their own goals and gives them life skills that will help them flourish!

Little Voices on the LAMDA website!

Have you seen the LAMDA website?

 

We are feeling so privileged and excited this week at Little Voices…
Back in March, LAMDA attended our Little Voices centre in Kew Bridge, to take some fabulous photographs of our pupils to add onto their website. Not one, not two, not three but FOUR images were chosen! Thank you to LAMDA for capturing some truly beautiful and magical moments.
Be sure to have a look at LAMDA’s website and take a look for yourself!

 

Self Tape Competition!

Are you aged 4-18 and want to put your confidence and acting skills to the test…Why not have a go at our self tape competition? All you need is a camera/phone and somebody to record you!

This competition is open to ALL, so whether you are a Little Voices pupil or not, get involved!

We have split our competition into appropriate age groups. Here is what each age group will be expected to do for their self tape entry…

  • Minis 4-7 years (Reception- Year 2)

You will have the choice of 3 poems. You must learn and recite this poem to camera.

  • Little’s 7-12 years (Year 3- Year 6) 
  • Voices 12 years+

If you are a “little” or a “voice”, you will have the choice of 3 scenes (duologues) which you must learn and produce a self tape for. TOP TIP: You will need somebody to read the other characters lines.

Each age group will have a winner and will receive a £25 cinema voucher!

Our competition will be judged by a few of our tutors who are all working actors/performers/creatives and of course industry professionals. The deadline for our competition is Friday 4th September at 5pm.

To apply for this competition, please fill in our competition application form and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you!

Competition Form

  • This form must be filled in by the parent / legal guardian of the named child.
  • By filling in this you are consenting to Little Voices contacting you by telephone
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    I authorise Little Voices to use and/or permit others to use my minors competition entry for educational, informational, adverting and marketing purposes without compensation on Little Voices social media platforms. I understand no names or locations will be included if images or videos are shared.

Little Voices in Lockdown!

Did you spot us in the Blackpool Gazette on Sunday? Take a look at the link below 🙂
https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/business/consumer/fylde-coast-performing-arts-teams-online-success-lockdown-2923524

We have been helping children through this strange time.
As we teach in groups of no more than 8 children. This helps our expert tutors to really get to know each individual child, help guide and nurture them as well as building group skills and encouraging friendships.
Our small class sizes helped us to immediately move our weekly classes online, with no change to time and day, lesson format, class mates or their tutors. Children have already had so much change, we wanted to change as little as possible!

It has been so important to us that children kept some kind of familiarity & consistency with their weekly lessons. At Little Voices they are used to receiving such focused attention in a safe setting and can completely be themselves! We didn’t want them to lose this, so made the decision to continue, using online lessons! We really had no idea what our online lessons would look like! But we are so happy to say 17 weeks on, and pupils are still attending and absolutely love it! We have been overwhelmed by parents comments and feedback.

 

“Without putting too fine a point on it, Little Voices put more effort into staying in contact, planning and providing lessons online during lockdown, than my daughter’s school did! It was fantastic, well done Ellena and team”
Little Voices Fylde Parent

 

 

Little Voices has kept us going through “lockdown”. I, as a parent, can see the effort Ellena and Kerry have put into the lessons and its definitely lifted spirits in our house during and after the lessons
Little Voices Fylde Parent

Children are the most important thing to us. Our regular lessons help keep a little bit of normality in their little lives and create a little bubble away from the crazy world to talk about their feelings and have a good sing song! Performing Arts is a great way for children to express themselves, have a sense of routine, encourage team work and  keep their minds sharp!
To truly show how unbelievably proud we are, each pupil received a unique hand delivered Little Voices medal last week, for powering through the 17 weeks of online lessons! We had these specially made for each pupil! This medal represents the resilience, bravery and determination each pupil showed through lockdown!

Our lessons usually run during term time, however we have made the decision to continue throughout summer with weekly online workshops. We feel children (and parents) need us more now than ever! We would love to spread the word and help nurture any child across the Fylde!

Mondays- Freckleton
Tuesdays- St Annes
Wednesdays- Kirkham
Fridays- Kirkham Grammar Junior School (KGJS) After school Club

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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

Little Voices LAMDA After School Clubs Have Continued Online

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; St Pauls Barnes, St James Prep, Old Vicarage, Dolphin School, The Roche, Unicorn School, Chiswick and Bedford Park, Oasis Putney and St Johns Walham Green Primary School providing more than 300 children across South West London with after school Drama and Singing lessons of distinction preparing children for yearly LAMDA exam awards. 

Luckily, over half of Little Voices pupils took their exams before the schools began to close due to COVID 19. Little Voices are currently celebrating the news that all children who took part in the exams gained Merits and Distinctions! The news was warmly welcomed and appreciated from many parents and Little Voices students who are currently at home due to lock down.

Sadly not all other after schools clubs have been able to continue and run online. Little Voices 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 Ashlea Pearson on: 0208 088 0113 or email her: swl@littlevoices.org.uk.

Little Voices INDUSTRY CHAMPION 2019

The winners for the prestigious ‘What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019 have now been announced – and Jane Maudsley CEO of Little Voices which was founded in Blackburn is amongst them!

These pioneering awards were launched in 2007 to celebrate the UK’s best children’s clubs and classes, along with leaders, volunteers and party providers for children – as nominated and voted for by the experts – parents, carers and parents-to-be.

Over the last decade, the What’s On 4 Kids Awards have become established as the industry accolade with hundreds of exceptional businesses and individuals in the flourishing sector keen to be part of the action and be in with a chance to be revealed as a finalist or winner! Parents and carers logged on to What’s On 4 Kids to cast a massive 80,000 nominations and votes to ensure that their ‘most-loved’ were in the running.

Little Voices founder Jane Maudsley is officially the winner in the highly esteemed Industry Champion category and she received her award at the glittering ceremony on 11th October. This award is judged by the Children’s Activities Association Board of Trustees.

 

Little Voices trains children to be the best that they can be in life and on the stage through their drama and singing lessons delivered in schools across the UK. The company was founded in Blackburn and boasts numerous national awards and recognition in both the children’s activity/education sector as well as franchising.

 

Jane from Little Voices said: “This was a completely overwhelming accolade to receive. We have worked tirelessly in the children’s activities sector to help each and every child aged 4-18 years  through our drama and singing lessons of distinction. Children’s after school activities play a massive part in a child’s life and sets them up to be confident communicators. In a world of technology and  severe lack of arts education in schools, we are able to help every child to be the best that they can be. Little Voices helps every child to find their voice, nurturing their confidence and talents so that they  believe in themselves and are well equipped for their life and career.”

Nick Howe, Regional Enterprise Manager for NatWest Business Banking in London & South East, added:

 

‘At NatWest we are keen to support growing businesses – the lifeblood of the UK economy – by being more than just a provider of financial services. We are delighted therefore to be the official hosts for the 13th National What’s On 4 Kids Awards! We congratulate all those many businesses that made it through to the exciting final stage and celebrated with us at our London Bishopsgate HQ.’

What’s On 4 Kids Managing Director, Sam Willoughby, concludes

‘Each and every year it’s a pleasure to welcome back so many activities, keen to be part of these National awards once again but it’s also so exciting to see the new nominees from this thriving sector being showcased for the first time. We know from parents’ testimonials how clubs, classes and individual leaders have such a positive impact on the lives of their children and it’s an honour therefore to publicly recognise and celebrate these activity providers in this way. Huge thank you to NatWest, Morton Michel and all our sponsors and supporters as well as the thousands of parent voters for being such a massive part of the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019’.

ENDS

Little Voices Makes Top 100 Franchises AGAIN!

We are incredibly proud to announce that once again we have made the Top 100 Franchises in the country!

Last year we were 74th, THIS year we are 64th! We are so proud of what our hard work, dedication, determination, enthusiasm, confidence, talent and creativity has done.
A massive well done to everyone… to our founder Jane Maudsley, our franchisees, our tutors, our pupils, our parents and our head office team. You are all AMAZING and we cannot thank you all enough.
As the article says, we are definitely “rising up through the ranks”!! Let’s continue to shine!!

 

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.