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.

What are these 5 gold stars and what does it mean to Little Voices?

 

 

This accreditation means the world ! Working in the education and children’s activities industry it has been an increasing frustration that parents and often schools presume (incorrectly) that activity providers are regulated by some bigger body! The industry is not regulated anyone can set themselves up as an activity provider and offer their services to parents, schools and run from community halls and facilities. They are not on anyone’s list to check. How worrying is that?

 

It is my belief as the founder and CEO of Little Voices that we have a duty of care to join together and raise the industry standards and educate parents, schools, local authorities and the government. As a highly ethical franchisor with the care of each individual child at the heart of what we do we have always been able to fly the flag high for providing as safe an environment for children’s learning as possible and we have an array of stringent policies and procedures in place and always have had. But for me it is not just about looking after us at Little Voices. As a professional it is about giving back and the greater good of our wider industry. Finding the CAA and going through their accreditation programme was very important to me as I believe in their mission and it is much needed. Endorsement of what we do, how we do it and how appropriate to a child’s development our lessons are from those as young as 4 to 18 years in compliancy and delivery is fantastic!

 

Its not until something happens tragic happens that the government will regulate and insist on certain guidelines until then I believe prevention is better than a cure and we need to educate schools, parents and teachers to check who is providing the activities. At the moment after school activities are not on anyone’s radar and it cannot continue! 

 

Activities, classes and clubs are a valued and much-loved part of most children’s pre-school and extra curricular leisure and learning time, but until now, there has been no formal guidelines to assist parents, schools and nurseries in choosing how to invest their time and money in popular pastimes.

 

The Children’s Activities Association is an industry-led, not-for-profit community interest company founded and governed by experts to help parents, schools, nurseries and all children’s activities providers by raising the standard of children’s activities as well as give more families access to these excellent activities. Parents, schools and nurseries no longer need to worry about what questions to ask about things like health and safety, child safeguarding, criminal record checks, qualifications or training. 

How children learn those first performance/ life skills through their first LAMDA exam…

 

Children come to us from the age of 4 years old. Our mini voices lessons cater for children between the ages of 4-7 with various different reasons as to why they attend. The child could be none stop singing and performing at home, so Little Voices is where the parent of said child has decided to send them for lessons in how to sing and act! The child could be under confident and may need a little help with learning how to make friends at school or putting their hand up in class or a little bit of help in social situations… The list really is endless. 

 

However, whoever the child and whatever their need we will tailor our lessons to help them. And in turn they learn those first performance skills through learning their first LAMDA exam. 

 

The very first part of the exam starts and the child has to walk into the room, stand in front of their examiner and say their name, their poem and who wrote the poem. The children learn eye contact, how to speak loudly and clearly, and to smile. These are all important in performing, and all important in everyday life too.

 

The children then must perform the poem that they have learnt. The children memorise these in their lessons. Learning how to pronounce words properly, learn new meanings of words… And in performance terms learning all about diction, volume, the speed in which they speak and much more. These children then can mimic these skills in everyday life helping children to pronounce their words properly, not speak to fast or too slow or too quietly. 

 

Once the children have performed their poem, they then have to talk about their favourite toy, photograph or book (dependant on which level of exam).

 

Learning from a very young age the importance of eye contact helps to build relationships with people. We often have a giggle in the lessons about how funny it would be if you said hello to someone with your back turned to them, or your head looking all the way down. Children soon pick up these important life skills. Yes they are KEY for strong performances from 4 to 104, but they are KEY for everyday life too.  

How children learn those first performance/life skills through their first LAMDA exam…

 

 

Children come to us from the age of 4 years old. Our mini voices lessons cater for children between the ages of 4-7 with various different reasons as to why they attend. The child could be none stop singing and performing at home, so Little Voices is where the parent of said child has decided to send them for lessons in how to sing and act! The child could be under confident and may need a little help with learning how to make friends at school or putting their hand up in class or a little bit of help in social situations… The list really is endless. 

 

However, whoever the child and whatever their need we will tailor our lessons to help them. And in turn they learn those first performance skills through learning their first LAMDA exam. 

 

The very first part of the exam starts and the child has to walk into the room, stand in front of their examiner and say their name, their poem and who wrote the poem. The children learn eye contact, how to speak loudly and clearly, and to smile. These are all important in performing, and all important in everyday life too.

 

The children then must perform the poem that they have learnt. The children memorise these in their lessons. Learning how to pronounce words properly, learn new meanings of words… And in performance terms learning all about diction, volume, the speed in which they speak and much more. These children then can mimic these skills in everyday life helping children to pronounce their words properly, not speak to fast or too slow or too quietly.

 

Once the children have performed their poem, they then have to talk about their favourite toy, photograph or book (dependant on which level of exam).

 

Learning from a very young age the importance of eye contact helps to build relationships with people. We often have a giggle in the lessons about how funny it would be if you said hello to someone with your back turned to them, or your head looking all the way down. Children soon pick up these important life skills. Yes they are KEY for strong performances from 4 to 104, but they are KEY for everyday life too.  

How children learn those first performance/ life skills through their first LAMDA exam…

Children come to us from the age of 4 years old. Our mini voices lessons cater for children between the ages of 4-7 with various different reasons as to why they attend. The child could be none stop singing and performing at home, so Little Voices is where the parent of said child has decided to send them for lessons in how to sing and act! The child could be under confident and may need a little help with learning how to make friends at school or putting their hand up in class or a little bit of help in social situations… The list really is endless.

However, whoever the child and whatever their need we will tailor our lessons to help them. And in turn they learn those first performance skills through learning their first LAMDA exam.

The very first part of the exam starts and the child has to walk into the room, stand in front of their examiner and say their name, their poem and who wrote the poem. The children learn eye contact, how to speak loudly and clearly, and to smile. These are all important in performing, and all important in everyday life too.

The children then must perform the poem that they have learnt. The children memorise these in their lessons. Learning how to pronounce words properly, learn new meanings of words… And in performance terms learning all about diction, volume, the speed in which they speak and much more. These children then can mimic these skills in everyday life helping children to pronounce their words properly, not speak to fast or too slow or too quietly.

Once the children have performed their poem, they then have to talk about their favourite toy, photograph or book (dependant on which level of exam). The

Learning from a very young age the importance of eye contact helps to build relationships with people. We often have a giggle in the lessons about how funny it would be if you said hello to someone with your back turned to them, or your head looking all the way down. Children soon pick up these important life skills. Yes they are KEY for strong performances from 4 to 104, but they are KEY for everyday life too.

The Importance of Singing in Child Development

Inspiring Principals and Tutors

 

At Little Voices we pride ourselves on working with Principals and Tutors that can inspire pupils to be the best that they can be. If your child comes to Little Voices and feels safe and happy they will succeed, and they will succeed by being inspired. Education is not about feeding children with information and skills. The word ‘education’ derives from the Latin verb educare meaning to draw out. Music and Drama education at Little Voices is about creating a stimulating environment, to inspire a child to access what they are already capable of. We strive to help every child to find the confidence to shine. One of our core beliefs is “inspiring everyone to be the best that they can be”. As an organisation we believe

  • In gaining life skills to follow your dreams
  • That each and every person has something amazing to share
  • In inspiring everyone to be the best that they can be!
  • In being positive & happy – You’re never fully dressed without a smile
  • Learning should be a fun and a happy experience
  • And we are passionate about building confidence and nurturing talent

These are the values and beliefs that define Little Voices. They have been collated from parents, pupils, tutors and Principals feedback to us. It is what people have said about us as an organisation in their own words, what they have observed and what they feel.

This month at Little Voices we are talking all about inspiration and our inspiring Principals and Tutors.

Our Principals want to get to know you and your child. Who your child is, what they enjoy, what experiences they have had before with all after school activities. Our Principals are keen to help but they are also keen to be realistic and honest.  Many of our Principals are parents or they have been working with Little Voices for many years and have experience of the needs of many children and how Little Voices nurtures children.

Our Principals want to ensure your child goes in the right small group for them. They will also be honest with parents and tell you if we are not the organisation for your child. WE don’t do big shows every term, it’s not all about the performance. It’s about the skills, it’s about learning the tools to be able to put them to practise in all areas of life; on the stage, at a family party, in an interview or under pressure in a presentation situation at school/work.

Once your child comes 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. The Principals sometimes teach themselves but often there are tutors who have been trained the Little Voices way.

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, giving them ideas and suggestions on how to access characters, their voice and reach their full potential.

Children start as young as Reception age with Little Voices and grow and develop through to 18 years old. They then become Assistant tutors and tutors and even Principals years later, in fact many parents have taught for us, been trained our way and then gone on to be Principals running their own centres too. This organic growth of Little Voices is so special. Inspiration is happening in the teaching rooms, but it surrounds the entire organisation. We continue to develop and grow because of people talking to other people, mentioning Little Voices to their school and their connections, their friends and family. Thank you for this and please continue to do so we are very lucky and proud that Little Voices evolves in this way in towns and villages across the UK. Everyone has something special to share and we intend to inspire everyone to be the best that they can be for decades to come.

The Importance of Singing in Child Development

This week I have been thinking about how singing can help with learning. Nursery rhymes and songs are taught to children at an early age to help develop recall and memory. While working in a Secondary School I frequently heard Teachers saying that they used a rap or a song to help learners remember a fact in Science or the alphabet in Spanish. It is undeniable that singing (and music in general!) can help children develop in all sorts of different ways. Here are a few I put together below!

Jemma (Principal of Little Voices Brentford, Ealing and Wembley)

 

 

What are inspirational tutors?

 

Inspiring Tutors and Principals

At Little Voices we pride ourselves on working with Principals and Tutors that can inspire pupils to be the best that they can be. If your child comes to Little Voices and feels safe and happy they will succeed, and they will succeed by being inspired. Education is not about feeding children with information and skills. The word ‘education’ derives from the Latin verb educare meaning to draw out. Music and Drama education at Little Voices it is about creating a stimulating environment, to inspire a child to access what they are already capable of. We strive to help every child to find the confidence to shine. One of our core beliefs is “inspiring everyone to be the best that they can be”.

As an organisation we believe

  • In gaining life skills to follow your dreams
  • That everyone has something amazing to share
  • In inspiring everyone to be the best that they can be!
  • In being positive & happy – You’re never fully dressed without a smile
  • Learning should be a fun and a happy experience

And we are passionate about building confidence and nurturing talent

These are the values and beliefs that define Little Voices. They have been collated from parents, pupils, tutors and Principals feedback to us. It is what people have said about us as an organisation in their own words, what they have observed and what they feel.

This month at Little Voices we are talking all about inspiration and our inspiring Principals and Tutors.

When a parent hears about Little Voices they feel compelled to pick up the phone, Facebook message or submit a form on the website. They like what they read or have heard about Little Voices and they think it will be good for their child to trial a lesson. They feel that their child needs help with their confidence, or a place to make new friends and develop a new interest, they may see a talent in their child that they wish to nurture, they may have experience another organisation and need a change, they may want to challenge their child further and add to their CV L.A.M.D.A. examinations. There are whole host of reasons WHY a parent enquires with Little Voices. Our Principals want to get to know you and your child. Who your child is, what they enjoy, what experiences they have had before with all after school activities. Our Principals are keen to help but they are also keen to be realistic and honest. They want to inspire your child to be the best that they can be they want the same as you as a parent. Many of our Principals are parents or they have been working with Little Voices for many years and have experience of the needs of many children and how Little Voices nurtures children.

Our Principals want to ensure your child goes in the right small group for them. They will also be honest with parents and tell you if we are not the organisation for your child. We don’t do big shows, it’s not all about the performance. It is about skills; it is about learning the tools to be able to put them to practise in all areas of life; on the stage, at a family party, in an interview or under pressure in a presentation situation at school/work.

Once your child comes 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. The Principals sometimes teach themselves but often there are tutors who have been trained the Little Voices way and believe in Little Voices delivering the drama lessons or the singing lesson. 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 and this helps to inspire children, give them ideas and suggestions on how to access characters, their voice and reach their full potential.

Children start as young as Reception age with Little Voices and grow and develop through to 18 years old. They then become Assistant tutors and tutors and even Principals years later, in fact many pupils taught for us, been trained our way and then gone on to be Principals running their own centres too. This organic growth of Little Voices is so special. Inspiration is happening in the teaching rooms, but it surrounds the entire organisation. We continue to develop and grow because of people talking to other people, mentioning Little Voices to their school and their connections, their friends and family. Thank you for this and please continue to do so we are very lucky and proud that Little Voices evolves in this way in towns and villages across the UK. Everyone has something special to share and we intend to inspire everyone to be the best that they can be for decades to come.

 

 

Are you looking for an exciting new challenge?

Are you interested in a career change?

Or have you been thinking about putting your performing arts skills to good use for a while?

We want to meet YOU! 

CALL GRACE ON 01254 207516 or EMAIL grace@littlevoices.org.uk

 

  • Do you want to have a successful business that you are proud of?
  • Are you passionate about the arts and educating children?
  • Do you want to be your own boss?
  • Do you want financial freedom?
  • Do you want to earn money when you are sick or on holiday?
  • Are you hardworking?
  • Are you committed?
  • Are you determined?

 

We want to tell you:

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