The importance 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.

February the month of love!

This month Little Voices is all about ‘love’ and that is quite fitting since it is the month of Valentine’s Day. We strive all year round to get feedback from everyone involved with Little Voices so that we know what we are doing well and how we can improve. Our parents constantly tell us why they love Little Voices, our tutors help us to constantly improve and our franchisees are passionate about getting it right and helping us to grow and improve year upon year. Feedback is king; whilst it helps us to strengthen it also highlights what people love about us.

Our national feedback from every Little Voices centre provides some of the most valuable insights into our pupils, parents and tutors thoughts. The one thing that is highlighted time and time again is that Little Voices really cares about each individual child. Each franchisee and tutor really love what they do and their enthusiasm for Little Voices shines through. This in turn makes children and parents feel warmly welcomed into lessons. If a child feels happy and comfortable they will flourish, and we will be able to get on and nurture their confidence, self-belief, music and dramatic talents.

From that solid foundation comes the ability to help children love the examination process, dispelling the anxiety and apprehension that surrounds that word and the experience they may have had in school of SATs, GCSEs etc. And finally comes the success of passing their examinations have the qualifications to put on their CV and being able to rely on the accredited points for university and college.

All this from an after-school activity! There are not many that can boast similar advantages, and this is what I love about Little Voices. A child really develops and really benefits!

I love the network of people that I work with at Little Voices, the tutors that share their expertise and facilitate our pupil’s learning, but most I love witnessing the development of the individual child.

There is one overriding result of Little Voices training:

A young man or young lady aged 18 years old who is professional, well-rounded, an effective communicator, able to present themselves and oozes confidence.

The result of their training with Little Voices might lead to a professional acting or singing role or equally it will set them up for any other job of their choosing. I have had the pleasure of seeing our pupils go on to law degrees, business, politics, beauty therapy, broadcasting, journalism and everything in-between. I love that an afterschool children’s activity can give a child so many skills for life and they are learning these skills unknowingly through the medium of drama and singing, having fun and working as part of friendship group.

Private 1:1 lessons just do not have the same benefits. They have their place and work alongside Little Voices, but that teamwork is essential in life.

I love to hear feedback and it is communicated with us face-to-face, on Facebook, by email, over the telephone and in written questionnaires. I love to make people happy so listening to everyone within the organisation is imperative to our long-term success.

I am also a great believer in ‘if you don’t ask you don’t get’ so I am asking you to feedback to us, like, share and comment on our posts on Facebook, spread the word about Little Voices to friends and family and help us go from strength to strength.

You may know another child that would benefit from what we do and love Little Voices as much as your child does. You might know a singing / music teacher or have a friend who is an actress and would be a suitable tutor for us to consider or indeed you may know someone who would be ideal for running a Little Voices centre as their business; full time or part time, embrace a new challenge and make it fit in with their current life.

It is natural that as the founder and Managing Director of the organisation that I love Little Voices. I do. I wake up every morning and am privileged to love what I do however the reason for my passion and love is because I see what a difference we make to children’s lives. If you love Little Voices, please help us to help more children and reach out to more families across the UK. Our Principals and I rely on our loyal, supportive parents to help us spread the word lets get more people hearing about Little Voices and loving what we do this month!

How can your child be successful? Conquer life with confidence!

What is confidence?

We talk about how Little Voices builds children’s confidence but what is confidence really and what does confidence enable you to do in adulthood?

Wikipedia states that confidence is belief in oneself, positiveness, assertiveness, self assurance.

It is true; if you have confidence then you can achieve! Having confidence leads to success and we are completely committed to facilitating every child’s vocal and dramatic learning so that they can be whoever they want to be and achieve and do whatever they want to do!

A child’s future will be shaped by how confident they are. Their success will be a result of how confident they are. We strive at Little Voices and always have done to create a positive learning environment that nurtures a child so that they feel happy, safe and secure to share their ideas, their voice, their skills, make new friends and then their confidence starts to increase as they explore and push their boundaries, acquire new skills and excel in their examinations. The examinations are a critical part of what we do at Little Voices as they act as external verification for a child (and the parents and tutors) that they are doing well !!!! It is not just about rushing through the grades and increasing your C.V. from an early age although that is a really positive element of examinations. When we distribute the results from L.A.M.D.A. examinations it is superb to see the children’s faces and how proud they are of themselves and each other. It helps them to benchmark themselves and to appreciate that pushing their comfort zone boundaries and going through the examination process was all worth it! Another key life skill!

I was reading a blog recently relating to the workplace and Craig Jarrow said in relation to confidence in adulthood that:

  • Confident people start things. They are not shy about striking out on a new idea even when those around them are still pondering it.
  • Confidence allows you to stand up for yourself in a fair and consistent manner. Otherwise, you may find yourself unheard or unfairly treated.
  • Confident people have the ability to say ‘No’ where appropriate. They do not take on unnecessary or inappropriate work or obligations. And at the same time, confident individuals say “Yes” to opportunity. They do not miss new options because they are shy. I have seen individuals’ pass up opportunities (even promotions) because they didn’t think they were “worthy.”
  • Lack of confidence can lead to paralysis from fear. Fear of failure. Fear of what others think. Fear of the unknown. To succeed, you need the confidence to face and overcome your fears.
  • Self-confidence means believing in yourself. Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.” He was right.
  • Confident individuals set the bar high and aim high. Lack of confidence leads to weak goals, setting the bar too low, and mediocre results.
  • Confidence lets you know your limits and test them. By stretching your limits you increase them. You are stronger than you think!
  • Confidence allows you to ask questions, even when others are silent. Confidence even lets you “ask for the job.”
  • Confident people believe in success. And more importantly, they believe in their abilityto succeed.

 

Believing in Success

Confidence leads to success.

Believe in yourself. Believe in your skills.

And most importantly, believe in your ability to succeed.

As parents we all want our children to be happy and successful and certainly at Little Voices we share your desires for your child too. It is important to us to hear from you regularly and learn about how Little Voices is helping your child or what you feel they need more help with. Please keep in regular contact with us so that we can keep helping your child and every child to conquer life with confidence!

How can your child be successful? Conquer life with confidence!

What is confidence?

We talk about how Little Voices builds children’s confidence but what is confidence really and what does confidence enable you to do in adulthood?

Wikipedia states that confidence is belief in oneself, positiveness, assertiveness, self assurance.

It is true; if you have confidence then you can achieve! Having confidence leads to success and we are completely committed to facilitating every child’s vocal and dramatic learning so that they can be whoever they want to be and achieve and do whatever they want to do!

A child’s future will be shaped by how confident they are. Their success will be a result of how confident they are. We strive at Little Voices and always have done to create a positive learning environment that nurtures a child so that they feel happy, safe and secure to share their ideas, their voice, their skills, make new friends and then their confidence starts to increase as they explore and push their boundaries, acquire new skills and excel in their examinations. The examinations are a critical part of what we do at Little Voices as they act as external verification for a child (and the parents and tutors) that they are doing well !!!! It is not just about rushing through the grades and increasing your C.V. from an early age although that is a really positive element of examinations. When we distribute the results from L.A.M.D.A. examinations it is superb to see the children’s faces and how proud they are of themselves and each other. It helps them to benchmark themselves and to appreciate that pushing their comfort zone boundaries and going through the examination process was all worth it! Another key life skill!

I was reading a blog recently relating to the workplace and Craig Jarrow said in relation to confidence in adulthood that:

  • Confident people start things. They are not shy about striking out on a new idea even when those around them are still pondering it.
  • Confidence allows you to stand up for yourself in a fair and consistent manner. Otherwise, you may find yourself unheard or unfairly treated.
  • Confident people have the ability to say ‘No’ where appropriate. They do not take on unnecessary or inappropriate work or obligations. And at the same time, confident individuals say “Yes” to opportunity. They do not miss new options because they are shy. I have seen individuals’ pass up opportunities (even promotions) because they didn’t think they were “worthy.”
  • Lack of confidence can lead to paralysis from fear. Fear of failure. Fear of what others think. Fear of the unknown. To succeed, you need the confidence to face and overcome your fears.
  • Self-confidence means believing in yourself. Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.” He was right.
  • Confident individuals set the bar high and aim high. Lack of confidence leads to weak goals, setting the bar too low, and mediocre results.
  • Confidence lets you know your limits and test them. By stretching your limits you increase them. You are stronger than you think!
  • Confidence allows you to ask questions, even when others are silent. Confidence even lets you “ask for the job.”
  • Confident people believe in success. And more importantly, they believe in their abilityto succeed.

 

Believing in Success

Confidence leads to success.

Believe in yourself. Believe in your skills.

And most importantly, believe in your ability to succeed.

As parents we all want our children to be happy and successful and certainly at Little Voices we share your desires for your child too. It is important to us to hear from you regularly and learn about how Little Voices is helping your child or what you feel they need more help with. Please keep in regular contact with us so that we can keep helping your child and every child to conquer life with confidence!

 

 

Give your child the confidence so that that they can sparkle this year in the Nativity at school or the annual Christmas show?

The silly season is fast approaching and for many parents the diary contains the nativity at school, a Christmas Carol Service or a festive production. This is either the highlight of some children’s time at school or in the blink of an eye it becomes a dreaded event every year and permeates into adult life.

For the teachers in schools across the country they are tasked with the job of getting a minimum of 30 children to learn a script, learn song lyrics, perform with ‘A loud voice’ enter and exit the stage in an orderly fashion and give the school audience of parents, governors and fellow staff a show to remember. Teachers are fraught as of this needs to happen alongside ensuring that your child has completed the basics of literacy and numeracy each day. The individual confidence of each child and being able to embed the specific skills of helping that child to embrace the entire situation with confidence and learn skills for life from this event are likely to be a distance dream. Its impossible for school teachers to work with each child and help them to shine as an individual and ensure that it is a positive experience standing on that stage in front of all those people. Its an event in the school diary, it must happen, and it does but often with unknown and unintentional long lasting detrimental effects for the children involved.

The script comes home containing the lines that your child must learn or the character that they must play and before they know it they are on the stage in front of a hall full of faces eagerly watching them to perform.

This experience for a child can either be the moment that you realise they need to nurture their natural talents and hunt out a drama school or it can be the most terrifying event for a child ever and they dread it every year. If they trip up, end up saying something hilarious and the laughter erupts across the audience or they forget their line it can be so damaging to a child’s long-term confidence. This latter situation is all too common and makes my heart bleed. It can go on to affect any public speaking an adult does in later life, a job interview they attend, a presentation they must execute at college or a pressurised situation i.e. father of the bride speech, a eulogy.

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!

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, handling  and 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!

Ellena

Give your child the confidence so that that they can sparkle this year in the Nativity at school or the annual Christmas show?

The silly season is fast approaching and for many parents the diary contains the nativity at school, a Christmas Carol Service or a festive production. This is either the highlight of some children’s time at school or in the blink of an eye it becomes a dreaded event every year and permeates into adult life.

For the teachers in schools across the country they are tasked with the job of getting a minimum of 30 children to learn a script, learn song lyrics, perform with ‘A loud voice’ enter and exit the stage in an orderly fashion and give the school audience of parents, governors and fellow staff a show to remember. Teachers are fraught as of this needs to happen alongside ensuring that your child has completed the basics of literacy and numeracy each day. The individual confidence of each child and being able to embed the specific skills of helping that child to embrace the entire situation with confidence and learn skills for life from this event are likely to be a distance dream. Its impossible for school teachers to work with each child and help them to shine as an individual and ensure that it is a positive experience standing on that stage in front of all those people. Its an event in the school diary, it must happen, and it does but often with unknown and unintentional long lasting detrimental effects for the children involved.

The script comes home containing the lines that your child must learn or the character that they must play and before they know it they are on the stage in front of a hall full of faces eagerly watching them to perform.

This experience for a child can either be the moment that you realise they need to nurture their natural talents and hunt out a drama school or it can be the most terrifying event for a child ever and they dread it every year. If they trip up, end up saying something hilarious and the laughter erupts across the audience or they forget their line it can be so damaging to a child’s long-term confidence. This latter situation is all too common and makes my heart bleed. It can go on to affect any public speaking an adult does in later life, a job interview they attend, a presentation they must execute at college or a pressurised situation i.e. father of the bride speech, a eulogy.

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!

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, handling  and 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!

Ellena