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!

Little Voices Lessons at Dolphin School

ENROLLING NOW

Book Before: Monday 29th April

And join us for our LAMDA exams at the end of June!

 

  • Performing arts training of the highest standard
  • For children aged Reception – Year 2 Students
  • Exclusive to Dolphin School students
  • Working towards LAMDA examinations
  • 100% Pass Rate
  • Building Confidence and Promoting social development
  • Fun & Inspiring tuition taught in a safe and stimulating environment

 

To book your child onto our course this term simply complete the form below or email us: swl@littlevoices.org.uk or call: 0208 088 0113, we will then be in touch to discuss our availability, confirm your child’s place and send you payment details.

 

Little Voices is an established company training children aged 4 – 7 years in Performing Arts preparing them for prestigious LAMDA Communication 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.

 

Mini Voices lessons are for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 students. Performing Arts training is delivered in small class sizes through fun and inspiring Drama lessons to build confidence and promote social development. Pupils will work towards an optional LAMDA communication examination at the end of June. This will involve the children performing a solo poem and talking about their show & tell.

Every Monday 3.30pm – 4.30pm

 

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These lessons are exclusive to Dolphin School students and are charged at £16.00 per lesson.

Cost for the Summer Term: £128.00 for 8 weeks (to pay directly to Little Voices) 

 

 

 

 

*Terms and Conditions apply. Parent or guardian MUST apply by filling in and submitting a an application form. This allows us to assess the different abilities of children, ages and friendships for the lesson. It in no way enrols your child into regular lessons. Little Voices will of course be in touch with you once receiving the application form.

Little Voices at Dolphin School

ENROLLING NOW

Book Before: Monday 29th April

And join us for our LAMDA exams at the end of June!

 

  • Performing arts training of the highest standard
  • For children aged Reception – Year 2 Students
  • Exclusive to Dolphin School students
  • Working towards LAMDA examinations
  • 100% Pass Rate
  • Building Confidence and Promoting social development
  • Fun & Inspiring tuition taught in a safe and stimulating environment

 

To book your child onto our course this term simply complete the form below or email us: swl@littlevoices.org.uk , we will then be in touch to discuss our availability, confirm your child’s place and send you payment details.

 

Little Voices is an established company training children aged 4 – 7 years in Performing Arts preparing them for prestigious LAMDA Communication 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.

Mini Voices lessons are for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 students. Performing Arts training is delivered in small class sizes through fun and inspiring Drama lessons to build confidence and promote social development. Pupils will work towards an optional LAMDA communication examination at the end of June. This will involve the children performing a solo poem and talking about their show & tell.

Every Tuesday 3.05pm – 4.05pm

 

 

 

 

These lessons are exclusive to Dolphin School students and are charged at £16.00 per lesson.

Cost for the Summer Term: £128.00 for 8 weeks (to pay directly to Little Voices) 

 

 

 

For more information contact Ashlea Pearson (Principal)

Call: 0208 088 0113

Email: swl@littlevoices.org.uk

 

 

 

*Terms and Conditions apply. Parent or guardian MUST apply by filling in and submitting a an application form. This allows us to assess the different abilities of children, ages and friendships for the lesson. It in no way enrols your child into regular lessons. Little Voices will of course be in touch with you once receiving the application form.

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! 

Why do I LOVE Little Voices?

This month is all about LOVE (of course!)

We have been discussing why we love teaching our pupils and why they love us. I was going to write a social media post but there was no way I could fit my reasons with that amount of characters! 

My Reasons… 

This weekend we had our LAMDA Examinations. The whole process has reinforced my love for being a Little Voices Principal.

I can’t tell you how proud I was of each and every pupil who literally marched towards the exam room without any hesitation. Their confidence, drive and determination was evident to see. Over the past 6 months I have had Pupils who have lacked confidence to go and speak to people and make eye contact. I am SO PROUD to say that those pupils 6 months later were part of the marching LV tribe who on Saturday blew away the examiner.

 


During the exam I could hear them singing at the top of their lungs! Performing Arts is so important. With the focus in schools tending to lean away from the Arts, Little Voices reminds me why it is so important for Schools to embrace it. Every Pupil I had spoken to after the exam told me they really enjoyed it. What a great way to introduce exams to your child! Through a fun, positive process.. that actually builds key life skills (to me it makes total sense)

Anxiety and depression is fuelled today with the need to conform to social media pressures. At Little Voices you can come in and be who you want to be (maybe a 5 year old in Matilda or Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!) The need for an outlet is so important that doesn’t involve a screen. At Little Voices we encourage each and every child to “Be the Best that they can be” But “being the best” means different things to different pupils. Maybe one child’s best is to walk into the room and make eye contact. Maybe another child’s best is to perform a solo. Inspiring each child to do the best that they can to improve and progress is a message I live by too.

I started to think about how it must feel to be in a class of 28+ pupils.  Most of our Parents say the reason they come to Little Voices is because of the fact we have less than 8 children in a class. As some of you may know, I am Head of Music and Vocational Subjects in a Secondary School for children who have been excluded. I see every day the NEED for small class sizes.

Did you know that the average pupil can go the whole school day without being directly spoken to by an adult (except during the register?)

As we all agree it is so important to provide a child with a nurturing environment at home where the child feels safe, loved, listened to and valued. This makes a child flourish. How can a child feel all of the above at school? How can a teacher make EVERY child in their class feel nurtured, cared for and listened to? While also ticking all the boxes they need to and filling out all the papers they need to. How does every child get a look in? I am not sure this is possible on a deep and meaningful level, where you are able to build up a valuable relationship that can get the best results for each and every child.

Only 8 Pupils in a Class!

Most of all I LOVE being a Little Voices Principal because of how it makes me feel. You can’t really describe it. The positivity, energy, caring environment is infectious. You can’t help but smile. We are truly like a family and you can tell that we care for our Pupils the way you would care for a family member. I want to see my Pupils and your child succeed and be happy.

Progress can only truly be made with a smile on your face. A happy environment encourages children to feel safe which in turn helps them build.

Strangely enough, the most “terrifying” and stressful situation (facing a dreaded exam!) turned out to be a positive, stress-free experience. We had our Mini Pupils saying “I am CONFIDENT! I am AMAZING! I can DO THIS!” and sure enough… they did! This “terrifying” experience was SO terrifying that one of the Pupils ran out and said “Can we do that again?”

I can’t help thinking it was all because of the ‘Little Voices Love’. That love you get when you know you are safe and cared for. That one that makes you feel you can achieve anything.  Surely that’s what we all want to feel?

Have a fantastic, Little Voices Valentines day.

Jemma x


 

We are enrolling NOW for our LAMDA Semester!

Would you like your child to build in confidence?

Learn lots of new drama and singing skills?

AND end the school year on a high with a LAMDA exam under their belt?!

To celebrate the start of our LAMDA exam semester starting from this March – July  we would love to invite your child along to attend a free trial at one of our lessons across; Putney, Fulham or Richmond.

Our Drama and Singing lessons of Distinction are for children aged 4-13 years and is based on a unique framework of lessons that prepare children for prestigious examinations with the London Academy of Music and Drama (LAMDA). These qualifications are recognised internationally and the higher grades allow pupils to gain UCAS points for university entry. As LAMDA’s second biggest customer globally we pride ourselves on our 100% examination pass rate.

BUT our main goal.. is to equip a child to be the best that they can be in all areas of their life!

We nurture their talent and build their confidence equipping them with skills for life. Our lessons are an accessible activity for all young people not just for the theatrically talented few.

the theatrically talented few.

JOIN US BEFORE: MONDAY 4TH MARCH!

Anna loves Little Voices, and comes out bouncing every week. The teachers are fantastic, very professional, and really connect with the children, I have huge respect for what they do, and Anna’s confidence has grown enormously. The focus on skills and improvement is very high, but the main thing is that it’s really good fun. The small group size means the children build strong relationships with their teacher and each other.
Mrs MarkhamParent
My daughter has attended ‘Little Voices’ for four years now. She originally attended a workshop over the school holidays, and she enjoyed it so much that she asked to attend the weekly after school classes! My daughter came to ‘Little voices’ with confidence, but lacking in patience, together they over came this hurdle. She has come along in Leaps and Bounds, especially with her singing. She has learnt that there are many different ways to convey a message, though words, expression, actions and tone. The lessons are perfectly are structured working L.A.M.D.A exams. The principal, Ashlea, is brilliant, she is fantastic with the children, incredibly organised, and has a lot of good feedback for everyone. I believe its money well spent, my daughter absolutely loves going and I would definitely recommend ‘Little Voices’!
Mrs JansenParent

 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

Why is confidence so important?

What does confidence even mean?

Confidence is the feeling or belief in an ability to do something, according to google!

Children have so much to acquire and achieve. There’s so much for them to handle from such an early age especially once the school journey begins. There are many transitions along the way too; high school, friends, getting a part time job, handling the wider world and social media.

I once heard that a confident child is a happy one, and I couldn’t agree more. I don’t necessarily mean the children who are born to be on the stage, but the children who have the confidence to know their own mind, and be able to go through life with self belief. The children who have the confidence to speak to other children and adults, create friendships, not be too nervous about performing in the school nativity, who are happy to make friends on holiday, who are happy to join new clubs out of school, who are happy to put their hands up in class. And as these children get older, children who have the confidence when they join high school to just go for it, the children who know how to handle themselves in job interviews, or interviews for college and university. 

Some children are just born to be confident, others have a little more trouble. Some children need that little bit of extra help to believe in themselves to be able to do something. And that’s where lessons like Little Voices can help. Specifically tailored to building confidence – helping conversational and social skills whilst getting all the important performing arts techniques, examination experience and brand new friends – all these things not only help children who want a life on the stage, but parents who want well rounded children. 

So confidence is important for a child’s general happiness and to help create a well rounded individual. They don’t need to be the next big star, but confidence will certainly help them conquer lots of things that little people need to conquer! 

Why is confidence so important?

 

What does confidence even mean?

Confidence is the feeling or belief in an ability to do something, according to google!

Children have so much to acquire and achieve. There’s so much for them to handle from such an early age especially once the school journey begins. There are many transitions along the way too; high school, friends, getting a part time job, handling the wider world and social media.

I once heard that a confident child is a happy one, and I couldn’t agree more. I don’t necessarily mean the children who are born to be on the stage, but the children who have the confidence to know their own mind, and be able to go through life with self belief. The children who have the confidence to speak to other children and adults, create friendships, not be too nervous about performing in the school nativity, who are happy to make friends on holiday, who are happy to join new clubs out of school, who are happy to put their hands up in class. And as these children get older, children who have the confidence when they join high school to just go for it, the children who know how to handle themselves in job interviews, or interviews for college and university. 

Some children are just born to be confident, others have a little more trouble. Some children need that little bit of extra help to believe in themselves to be able to do something. And that’s where lessons like Little Voices can help. Specifically tailored to building confidence – helping conversational and social skills whilst getting all the important performing arts techniques, examination experience and brand new friends – all these things not only help children who want a life on the stage, but parents who want well rounded children. 

So confidence is important for a child’s general happiness and to help create a well rounded individual. They don’t need to be the next big star, but confidence will certainly help them conquer lots of things that little people need to conquer!