You and your child’s sparkly New Year’s Resolution…
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! Helping a child to flourish and push their comfort zones to find the magic is what we do at Little Voices.
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, handlingand 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! Make it your New Year’s resolution to ensure that your children have the right tools for next year’s Christmas nativity!
For more information contact Ashlea Pearson (Principal)
Little Voices Wandsworth Celebrates 2 Years of Starlets With Two Free Trials
Wandsworth appears to be breeding children with a love of the performing arts, if the burgeoning numbers at local singing and acting school, Little Voices, is anything to go by. Celebrating its 2 year anniversary running at Swaffield Primary School in Wandsworth, Little Voices are offering local children aged 4 – 13 years the chance to come and attend TWO Free trial lessons throughout November and December.
Little Voices prides itself on creating inspirational, fun – filled drama and singing lessons by highly qualified tutors, ensuring that every child excels. Students work towards accredited musical theatre, acting and communication exams through ‘The London Academy Of Music and Dramatic Art’ as well as yearly performances.
Principal of Little Voices Ashlea Pearson says: “At Little Voices we teach in small groups, so we can truly get to know each child, discover what makes them tick and tailor our teaching accordingly. Each child benefits from one to one attention and individual teaching – no getting lost at the back of a class of 30 pupils!”
Lessons are held every Thursday after school hours at Swaffield Primary School in Wandsworth. Classes are grouped according to age, ability and friendship groups.
Mini Voices (4 – 7 years) 4.30pm – 5.10pm
Little Voices (8 – 13 years) 5.10pm – 6pm
To book two free trials before January 2018 please contact Ashlea on: 0208 088 0113, Email: SWL@littlevoices.org.uk or visit the website: https://www.littlevoices.org.uk/locations/wandsworth
Little Voices LAMDA Exam Success!
Little Voices South West London performing arts school has helped students in Putney, Richmond, Wandsworth and Fulham to achieve outstanding results in over three year’s of their London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations. This May, 80 Little Voices children took part in exams graded 1 – 4, the students range from aged 4 to 13 years.
Little Voices already hold an outstanding result reputation with over 99% achieving a distinctions and merits, maintaining an outstanding 100% pass record. And yet again pupils, parents and the team at Little Voices are hoping for another set of outstanding results.
Principal, Ashlea commented: “We are thrilled that our students’ talents have been recognised through these amazing exams and results so far, we are so proud of how hard every child has worked for the last several weeks. Some pupils who have been with us since launching 3 years ago and have worked their way up the grades are now taking part in significantly higher graded and more challenging exams. We cannot wait to hear the results!” she said.
Little Voices have four centres across south west London, Principal Ashlea Pearson and her team of tutors have trained over 250 students in drama and singing, helping them to achieve consistent impressive LAMDA results each year.
Due to a huge growth in demand for our lessons further classes have been scheduled on every evening of the week across the area to offer even more children the opportunity to train with the best and to develop their talents and confidence with Little Voices. Places are filling fast and anyone interested should apply as soon as possible for a Free trial lesson or to reserve a place on our summer performing arts weeks and workshops.
For more information about Little Voices, please contact Ashlea on phone: 07823384992/ Email: SWL@littlevoices.org.uk or visit the website https://www.littlevoices.org.uk
Little Voices’ pupils are set to shine in CBeebies ‘Where in the World?’
Three Little Voices pupils, Luca Walker, Sienna Rosenbaum and Anwar Berry have beaten a large number of auditionees to land voice over parts in a new CBeebies programme called ‘Where in the World? Aimed to help British children develop more cultural awareness of children in different parts of the world, the Little Voices pupils are extremely excited to be part of this new programme set to hit our screens for the next five years.
The programme is set to be aired in May and Ashlea Pearson Little Voices South West London Principal says “I could not be prouder of these three pupils. They deliver outstanding performances in their lessons each week and I know this is only the start of great things to come for them all.” Rhonda Evans (Programme Director) states “The children from Little Voices were delightful to work with and truly professional in that they took direction and delivered the narrative with flair and humour. They certainly rose to the challenge!”
Luca Walker, who took part in the voice over says “I loved working with the CBeebies production company. It was a great experience and I wish I could do it again and again!”
Ashlea Pearson said, “Due to a huge growth in demand for our lessons further classes have been scheduled on every evening of the week across the area to offer even more children the opportunity to train with the best and to develop their talents and confidence with Little Voices. Places are filling fast and anyone interested should apply as soon as possible for a Free trial lesson or to reserve a place on our summer performing arts weeks and workshops.”
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Dear Ashlea, we would like to thank you and your Little Voices Putney team for all of your tremendous hard work and for putting so much time and dedication into each child. They did not only present a wonderful performance but they learned so much more than that. My daughter LOVED it and was very keen to come back each day. She met new friends and definitely wants to come back to the next. A great summer experience for my daughter and us. Plus bonus points for the inclusive DVD too!! Thank you so much.
Mrs Domingo - AradaParent
What Makes Us Special?
“At Little Voices we teach in small groups, up to eight pupils, so we can truly get to know each child, discover what makes them tick and tailor our teaching accordingly. Each child benefits from one to one attention and individual teaching – no getting lost at the back of a class of 30 pupils!”
Every child aged 4-18 years can apply for two free trial lessons with Little Voices so they can join in the fun and find out exactly what goes on. Students work towards accredited musical theatre, acting and communication exams with The London Academy Of Music and Dramatic Art.
“For me its not just about putting talented children on the stage. I am driven by the desire to help all children, no matter what their aims—be it a life on stage, becoming an accomplished public speaker or to simply have more confidence. Little Voices teaches you skills for life,” says Ashlea.
To find out more about our centres across south west london contact us on: SWL@littlevoices.org.uk or call: 07823384992
Focus Is The Key!
Focus is so hard to sustain, especially for children and young people because naturally they have very curious minds and concentration is so difficult for prolonged periods of time.
Last night I was watching some exam classes at one of our centres. The performances overall were very good however ensuring that the pupils had focus and total immersion into their characters from the moment the music starts until the minute that the music ends is always a challenge.
It is really hard to play the role of a character in mind, body and emotional intensity for a prolonged period of time…..3 minutes. Of course at the same time they are moving around the staging area and singing…..
One’s mind naturally wonders and distractions occur.
The life skill that is being built through Little Voices lessons and the exam process is huge! We all need to be able to focus and concentrate in our job roles in later life.
When you are listening and watching your son/daughter practise ensure that they are absolutely focussed and ‘in character’ from the very beginning to the very end of the piece. This may include periods of music where they are not required to sing or times of silence within an acting piece or whilst another character is singing or acting!
Have a great week!
“I can’t get my child to practise at home”
Well this is a common phrase that we hear from parents and grandparents every week, especially on the run up to an exam.
It’s a worrying phrase for us to hear a teachers and facilitators each week because we know that the lessons alone will not achieve the success that a child deserves. As a parent you know how important it is for your child to practise too! So how can we overcome this? There must be a solution!
I find that because every child learns differently that we need to find a method of practise that is enjoyable and easy for them. Practise needs to be effortless to a large extent
For some children writing the words down helps, repeatedly.
For others drawing pictures that reflect each word/phrase or line
Some prefer to put actions to the words
Older children can use their imaginations to sense, feel and place themselves subconsciously truly IN the setting of the piece.
And of course performing in front of as many different family members or in front of a mirror REALLY helps.
I hope that these little tips help!
Lemons or Lions…..
Vocal Tip # 5: Flex Those Facial Muscles
For the young ones we call this lion faces and lemon faces! It’s a game and it’s fun but the Mini Voices don’t realise that!!
As with other vital muscles that support great singing. The neck and facial muscles play an obvious role. Really the goal is to minimize the effort required to sing so that you may effectively control your tone and your pitch. Warming up cannot be avoided. There are mainly 10 groups of muscles in the neck, head, and face. Each consisting of numerous tinier muscles all working in harmony to create the beautiful sound making up your voice. Here is a list in order of the types of movements you can perform on various parts to prepare yourself to sing:
2) Jaw Stretch
3) The Pucker
4) Silly Smile
5) Eye Brow Lift
6) Eye Roll
Ask your son or daughter to do their favourite warm up game to show you!!
Being a good singer relies on H2O
Vocal Tip # 4: Water…Drink Tons Of It!
It doesn’t matter if you meet a heavy metal singer, pop singer, musical theatre singer or an opera singer. These true professionals can appreciate the abundance of good H2O. It’ll always be within arms reach whether they are in the studio, rehearsal, or on stage. Some prefer drinking warm water, claiming that it better refreshes your throat. Others swear that ice cold water can aid in keeping swelling down, especially after a killer belting performance. Regardless of your preference the tip is – just drink lots of it!
Some think that gargling water can hydrate the vocal cords. The truth is that the no food or water comes in contact with them as they are located in your windpipe. When liquid goes down, the automatic flap called the epiglottis closes to protect your lungs from being filled with water. This also covers the vocal cord every time you take a drink.
What happens when you get water in your windpipe? It causes a choking gag reflex. So really, the only way to hydrate your vocal cords is to drink water.
Why lots? It is because the water has to enter your stomach, and is first supplied to all your major organs, like your heart, kidneys, etc.. Eventually, smaller organs like your vocal cords are supplied. And supply you must!