Symposium Booking Form 2019

Please fill this form in by 18th November 2018. 

There is no charge for this event unless places are booked and there is non attendance or cancellation of a place is received less than 14 days before Saturday 26th January 2019. In lieu of non attendance or cancellation of one of two places a £64+VAT fee per person will be charged.

Symposium Booking Form

    Please tick whether you will be coming along alone (1 Person) or if you will be bringing somebody else along with you (2 People). There are a LIMITED amount of places available. Every Principal/Franchisee has a space allocated until 18th November 2018, but if you wish to bring a guest these places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. The guest MUST be associated with the business eg. a tutor or lead tutor. You will have notification that your guest has a confirmed place on the 30th November 2018. We need time to ensure all franchisees have confirmed their allocated places first before releasing the additional places on a first come first served basis.
  • Please indicate who the dietary requirements relate to. i.e. the franchisee or the tutor.
  • Please indicate who the needs relate to. i.e. the franchisee or the tutor.
    If YES please note we have arranged with Kilworth House a delegates rate for dinner, bed and breakfast.

Please take note of the contact details for the venue and times:

www.kilworthhouse.co.uk/

Times: 9.30am-5pm (PROMPT START TIME – Arrival from 9am for coffee and Registration)

Date: Saturday, 26th January 2019

Full Address:

Kilworth House Hotel,

Lutterworth Road,

North Kilworth

Leicestershire

LE17 6JE

The Benefits OF LAMDA Exams are Endless!

 

LAMDA exams boost a child’s CV from a young age, their exams are supported by OFQUAL and are QCA accredited which attract UCAS points for college and university applications. As one of LAMDA’s biggest customers globally we cannot express the many benefits LAMDA exams have to offer;

  • Improve over all confidence
  • Gain qualifications
  • Speaking and listening
  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Expand vocabulary to improve powers of self-expression
  • Improve confidence in speaking and listening
  • Memorise and recall information
  • Engage in constructive informal conversation
  • Work both on his/her own and participate as a member of a team

Every child will at some point need to go for an interview, every child will present themselves in a speech or project presentation situation, every child needs to have the skills to communicate effectively, the ability to work with others and have strategies to handle nerves, anxiety and challenging situations. Little Voices gives these key life skills and many more in abundance through our drama and singing lessons.

Contact us to find out more!

Email: SWL@littlevoices.org.uk or call: 0208 088 0113 

Little Voices at Swaffield School

ENROLLING NOW

Book Before: Tuesday 30th 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 Swaffield School students
  • Working towards LAMDA examinations
  • 100% Pass Rate, 98% Merit & Distinction
  • 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 and we will be in touch.

 

Little Voices is an established company training children aged 4 – 7 years in Performing Arts. Our unique framework of lessons combine both Drama and Singing building children’s confidence, while working specifically towards yearly performances and highly accredited LAMDA Musical Theatre, Acting and Communication Examinations.

 

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 and Singing lessons to build confidence and promote social development. Pupils work towards a LAMDA communication examination.

Every Tuesday 3.05pm – 4.05pm

 

 

These lessons are exclusive to Swaffield School students and are charged at £8 per lesson.

Cost for the Summer Term: £80.00 for 10 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 Free Trial Lesson Form – click here to apply. 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.

 

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September 2018: Blog

Have you had a fun packed summer? Are your relieved or sad to be back to the normal routine?

There is something superb about life getting back to normal but also a sadness that family time, holidays and slightly later lie ins are a distant memory for another year.

 

We have had a summer full of theatre weeks and workshops across the country and the achievement of every child on the stage has been amazing! Theatre weeks never cease to amaze me as children push the boundaries of possibility in their delivery of lines, songs and create a show for parents to see in such a short space of time. Whilst our summer activities help busy parents with childcare they really are a learning, fun experience for our pupils. They make friends for life, learn new skills and perform to the very best of their ability showcasing their theatrical talents and building their confidence in all areas of performing particularly handling nerves, presentation and teamwork. I have watched several final performances this summer and it has been so lovely to chat with parents and pupils afterwards about their experience. Parents are beaming with pride and admiration for their children, rightly so, and the caring, professional and outstanding nurture and training given by every Little Voices tutor and Principal. You only need to look at our reviews across the country on Facebook pages to read what parents think about the theatre weeks/camps and workshops. They are not just about childcare, Little Voices experiences really are about the nurture and personal development of your child.

As we get back to lessons this month there is also a period of reflection on the past 11 years as we celebrate Little Voices birthday. On your own son/daughter’s birthday I am sure that you think back to the day that they were born, the milestones they have achieved and all that you have gone through together.

It is just the same in business and I always say that Little Voices is my second child, born three months after my daughter was born. It was 2007 and three weeks after we decided to start some drama and singing classes called Little Voices we had 12 pupils attending having one singing lesson and the following week one drama lessons. This continued and through parents talking to other parents and schools recommending us to their pupils Little Voices grew from strength to strength. The same comments were always overheard. “If you want your child to grow in confidence, be well trained and attend an after school activity where they are safe and really cared about as an individual you need to try Little Voices. You need to speak to the tutor there, she really cares!’. Well that ethos has continued for 11 years and I can tell you that every single one of our Little Voices centres is owned and run by an individual who really cares about your child and their development not just in the arts but in life.

Every child is an individual and at Little Voices we recognise and celebrate that. Now is a good time to ring your Principal talk about your child and ensure Little Voices will fit into your busy life this academic year. Equally if you have not been in touch for a while touch base and discuss where your child is up to now. Every child will at some point need to go for an interview, every child will present themselves in a speech or project presentation situation, every child needs to have the skills to communicate effectively, the ability to work with others and have strategies to handle nerves, anxiety and challenging situations. Little Voices gives these key life skills and many more in abundance through drama and singing lessons.

Each Principal at Little Voices has their own journey and their centres will celebrate their own birthdays this year. Whilst the number of years will be different one thing will be absolutely the same – how much they have cared about every single child and family that has attended

Little Voices lessons. It’s in our culture to care and nurture children’s confidence and talents. So I am sure that we are all going to experience another year of fantastic examination results, elation when children succeed both in a Little Voices lesson and in the rest of their lives at school, in family circles, jobs and the community. Your Principal is there to help you.

For some children they will embark on their second, third, fourth, fifth even eleventh year with Little Voices this term. It is common for the pupils to attend until they are 18 and go from the shy, under confident 5 year old to the teenager whom you cannot get out of the limelight!

It is equally common each year for pupils to leave Little Voices for a short time, because there is a clash of activities or they lose their interest in the arts for a short time but then they return because they miss their friends, the tutors and they want to build their CV from a young age and have the kudos of the LAMDA examinations for university, college and job prospects. A quick conversation with your Principal will never be a wasted one – I promise you that. They take the time to really understand you and your child and what your needs are at different times and they make it their mission to exceed your expectations. Give them a call!

As I reflect this September the milestone of being 11 years old at Little Voices is poignant as my own daughter starts secondary school, it is the end of one era at Junior School and the start of another era. There will be new challenges ahead and navigating the teenage years will be not without their challenges I am sure. One thing won’t change though she will still be with her friends and continuing on her Little Voices journey each week. For me, as her mum, it is important that she has activities after school that she has always loved and a sense of consistency against the vast amount of change she will experience at her new school. Little Voices is a safe environment where she feels comfortable and happy. We are changing centres to ensure it fits logistically with her school but she wants to get Grade 8 when she is 17/18 and I want that for her too. She has had a summer of theatre weeks and is looking forward to the next LAMDA achievement this year.

Give your child the gift of confidence and skills for life through Little Voices this school year –  I don’t think that you will regret chatting with your Principal.

Little Voices South West London – Exam Success!

We are celebrating great LAMDA exam results!
 
In July (in the scorching summer weather), 200 of our students aged 4 – 13 years took exams with over 98% achieving a distinctions and merits, and yet again, we have maintained our 100% pass rate.
 
We are super proud of every single one of our students.
CONGRATULATIONS! 🎉🏆

Have you had a fun packed summer?

Are your relieved or sad to be back to the normal routine?

This months blog comes from our Managing Director Jane Maudsley!

There is something superb about life getting back to normal but also a sadness that family time, holidays and slightly later lie ins are a distant memory for another year.

 

We have had a summer full of theatre weeks and workshops across the country and the achievement of every child on the stage has been amazing! Theatre weeks never cease to amaze me as children push the boundaries of possibility in their delivery of lines, songs and create a show for parents to see in such a short space of time. Whilst our summer activities help busy parents with childcare they really are a learning,  fun experience for our pupils. They make friends for life, learn new skills and perform to the very best of their ability showcasing their theatrical talents and building their confidence in all areas of performing particularly handling nerves, presentation and teamwork.

 

I have watched several final performances this summer and it has been so lovely to chat with parents and pupils afterwards about their experience. Parents are beaming with pride and admiration for their children, rightly so, and the caring, professional and outstanding nurture and training given by every Little Voices tutor and Principal. You only need to look at our reviews across the country on Facebook pages to read what parents think about the theatre weeks/camps and workshops. They are not just about childcare, Little Voices experiences really are about the nurture and personal development of your child.

 

As we get back to lessons this month there is also a period of reflection on the past 11 years as we celebrate Little Voices birthday. On your own son/daughter’s birthday I am sure that you think back to the day that they were born, the milestones they have achieved and all that you have gone through together. 

 

It is just the same in business and I always say that Little Voices is my second child, born three months after my daughter was born. It was 2007 and three weeks after we decided to start some drama and singing classes called Little Voices we had 12 pupils attending having one singing lesson and the following week one drama lessons. This continued and through parents talking to other parents and schools recommending us to their pupils Little Voices grew from strength to strength. The same comments were always overheard. “If you want your child to grow in confidence, be well trained and attend an after school activity where they are safe and really cared about as an individual you need to try Little Voices. You need to speak to the tutor there, she really cares!’. Well that ethos has continued for 11 years and I can tell you that every single one of our Little Voices centres is owned and run by an individual who really cares about your child and their development not just in the arts but in life. 

 

Every child is an individual and at Little Voices we recognise and celebrate that. Now is a good time to ring your Principal talk about your child and ensure Little Voices will fit into your busy life this academic year. Equally if you have not been in touch for a while touch base and discuss where your child is up to now. Every child will at some point need to go for an interview, every child will present themselves in a speech or project presentation situation, every child needs to have the skills to communicate effectively, the ability to work with others and have strategies to handle nerves, anxiety and challenging situations. Little Voices gives these key life skills and many more in abundance through drama and singing lessons.

 

Each Principal at Little Voices has their own journey and their centres will celebrate their own birthdays this year. Whilst the number of years will be different one thing will be absolutely the same – how much they have cared about every single child and family that has attended Little Voices lessons. It’s in our culture to care and nurture children’s confidence and talents. So I am sure that we are all going to experience another year of fantastic examination results, elation when children succeed both in a Little Voices lesson and in the rest of their lives at school, in family circles, jobs and the community. Your Principal is there to help you. 

 

For some children they will embark on their second, third, fourth, fifth even eleventh year with Little Voices this term. It is common for the pupils to attend until they are 18 and go from the shy, under confident 5 year old to the teenager whom you cannot get out of the limelight!

 

It is equally common each year for pupils to leave Little Voices for a short time, because there is a clash of activities or they lose their interest in the arts for a short time but then they return because they miss their friends, the tutors and they want to build their CV from a young age and have the kudos of the LAMDA examinations for university, college and job prospects. A quick conversation with your Principal will never be a wasted one – I promise you that. They take the time to really understand you and your child and what your needs are at different times and they make it their mission to exceed your expectations. Give them a call!

 

As I reflect this September the milestone of being 11 years old at Little Voices is poignant as my own daughter starts secondary school, it is the end of one era at Junior School and the start of another era. There will be new challenges ahead and navigating the teenage years will be not without their challenges I am sure. One thing won’t change though she will still be with her friends and continuing on her Little Voices journey each week. For me, as her mum, it is important that she has activities after school that she has always loved and a sense of consistency against the vast amount of change she will experience at her new school. Little Voices is a safe environment where she feels comfortable and happy. We are changing centres to ensure it fits logistically with her school but she wants to get Grade 8 when she is 17/18 and I want that for her too. She has had a summer of theatre weeks and is looking forward to the next LAMDA achievement this year.

 

Give your child the gift of confidence and skills for life through Little Voices this school year –  I don’t think that you will regret chatting with your Principal.

Why are LAMDA examinations important?

When I was 5 years old my parents decided to take me to Keyboard lessons. Over the months it was clear to see my development, however to help measure this progress I entered examinations. After teaching for 9 years in secondary schools, I have come across pupils who have the knowledge to tackle a particular exam but not the experience of an exam situation. I realised that what I gained was more than just a range of qualifications to put on my CV but also the experience to tackle exams in a positive, calm manner.

Having the knowledge is half the battle! If you are too nervous, you can get flustered and then find it hard to write or think clearly.  I am so impressed with how the LAMDA examinations help develop the skills our children need to be able to be successful.

Jemma

(Principal of Little Voices Brentford, Ealing and Wembley)

 

Blog: August 2018

Just how do theatre weeks benefit our children?

 

Children need stimulating, and whilst in school parents don’t have to worry about how they are filling their days. Children love to learn and are like sponges – absorbing the knowledge given to them. So during the school holidays it is natural to want to make sure that children are still being stretched and their learning doesn’t just stop. This does not mean that we need to sit children down on hot summer’s days and force them into doing their times tables. Learning can be fun, and can so easily be disguised as fun! 

Theatre Weeks and Workshop Days in the summer tick off lots of boxes for parents. Parents are looking for childcare in the school holidays as normal routine is disrupted. Theatre weeks run to normal school times making it possible for parents to still go to work. The ‘childcare’ and learning that they would get when their children are at school is covered.

Children don’t feel like they are necessarily learning! The things children learn on theatre weeks will probably go unnoticed! To name but a few:

  • Learn how to work in a team with children your own age, older and younger
  • Learn how to make friends outside of school
  • Learn about different emotions included in the theme and the story of the theatre week
  • Learn about the stage and how to be safe on it
  • Scripts and lyrics help children’s vocabulary
  • Learn the art of storytelling 

And SO much more…

But don’t just take our word for it…

“A great place for them to have fun in the holidays, improve their confidence and performing skills. My daughter loves every minute and we were so proud of her in this last Moana performance as she took centre stage and sung beautifully – something she has shied away from before – so it is really helping her learn how to perform. Thanks to all involved.”-Julie Stroscio

“Yvie had a fab week with High School Musical. The staff are so professional and helpful and is great to see her develop so much in the space of a week. Totally recommend theatre weeks to anyone!” -Kim Bent

“Evelyn was totally buzzing after the Moana theatre week. She immediately said she wanted to do it all over again and it was so lovely to see how she lit up when all the songs came on. Thank you little voices for giving her such a positive experience.” – Katharine King

 

Want to book your child on the next one? Click the button below to find out more!

BOOK A THEATRE WEEK!

Voices

Our lessons for young people aged 13-19 

 

This month is all about our older pupils. We might be called Little Voices but we teach all the way up to 18 years old! Our Voices lessons are for young people aged 13-18 and we can proudly say that we have so many Voices pupils with us now who started with us when they were very young! To see them flourish over the years is fantastic. Many assist us at lessons front of house and go on to become assistant tutors in our theatre weeks and even return to the Little Voices after university as tutors!

 

Voices lessons are ideal for those looking to gain valuable life skills that will take them through into the next stage of their life. Whether they need extra points to assist their college and University application, need confidence for a job interview, feel nervous about going to university so want to gain some group and team skills before going or are aggressively following a career on the stage… Whatever the reason may be, Voices lessons can help them. 

 

The Voices lessons are great for confidence building and making sure that our older pupils are totally prepared for whatever an interview or audition throws at them. LAMDA solo and duo examinations at grades 6, 7 and 8 carry accredited points that can be used for university and college entry. And remember even if their university course does not accept the accredited points the benefits of drama and singing tuition every single week will have built a young person’s life skills for the interviews that follow an application to higher education. The commitment that your son/daughter has shown by attending an after school activity every single week alongside what they have learnt will be such positive discussion topic for the personal statement section of an application form. 

 

For those pursuing a drama school place Voices lessons can play key part in that process. The choice of audition repertoire can be discussed and prepared with our expert tutors. Our groups are so small and we are able to give individual tuition and guidance in our groups to help pupils to achieve success. Our track record last year in one franchise was outstanding as every single pupil that applied for drama school got a place. 

 

The examination results received at Little Voices from LAMDA will shine on the application form and can be a talking point in an interview. The preparation and the journey that I have seen many Voices pupils take is a huge learning curve and disappointment is very much part of that journey. Strength of spirit and determination is needed – in many ways the audition process is setting you up for the job itself! To even attempt to get into drama school, having the correct training and examinations behind you is vital. Voices lessons aim to provide pupils with a full understanding of what they are letting themselves in for as many of our tutors are or have been working professionals as well. It is really important to manage expectations as well as allowing a pupil to indulge in their aspirations and pursue their dreams. A Voices lesson is a safe space to manage expectations and the rollercoaster of auditions both successful and unsuccessful.

 

If anything resonates with you and you feel that your teenager would benefit from vocal and dramatic training in our nurturing small group environment please get in touch with your nearest Principal. We really care at Little Voices and will do our best to advise you.

 

Interview with Franchisee of the Year 2018

Interview with Samantha Obiorah

Our Franchisee of the Year 2018

 

 

Samantha where do you operate your franchise?

In West Surrey

How did you feel when you won Franchisee of the Year?

Very emotional, I wasn’t expecting it at all-in fact I thought i’d been forgotten completely when all the yearly mentions were being announced. I was thinking, this is going to be really awkward when I have to tell Jane she’s forgotten me and then she announced that the Franchisee of the year winner was somebody that had doubled their business in the space of 6 months…I started thinking “hang on a minute” I think that’s me!

What do you think are the key elements of success?

Goal setting, going above and beyond for your customers and goal setting.

Why did you choose Little Voices as opposed to setting up alone or choosing another franchise company?

I loved teaching, and I did both group teaching and private one to one teaching but it got to the point that it was becoming unsustainable for me (working very unsociable hours). I liked that Little Voices lessons are after school and not at the weekends and I loved the smaller class sizes and exam focus as I had seen through my teaching that children that are working towards a specific goal improve much quicker than those that don’t. I also met with Jane, asked lots of questions and sat in her lessons and I felt that the culture of the company was one that resonated strongly with the kind of person that I am.  I had taught for a performing arts franchise before and whilst I enjoyed it, I felt that Little Voices was more me.

What is your background?

I trained in Dance and Theatre Performance (BA Hons) at Bird College in Sidcup Kent, performed on Disney Cruiseline and at Tokyo Disneyland as a Principal Vocalist, was an Associate trainer with the SpeakersTrust and am a certified IVA Vocal instructor. I have also taught as a peripatetic singing teacher in schools across Surrey.

 

What would you say to someone considering the franchise opportunity and hesitating about making a decision as I am sure that you know how that feels?

I’d say that it’s important to do your homework. Explore your options, and in particular, look at the support that each company offers new franchisees. I literally had no idea how to run a business in 2015 and by 2018 I had won an award and a large part of that is because of the support I received from Head Office. Then ask yourself if you really want to push forward in your life and if you are willing to do what it takes to succeed, it takes determination, focus, long hours and hard work, but if you are willing to do it, you will be successful. It is a tried and tested business model but you have to work it, even when you don’t feel like it.

What advice would you give them now you have been in the network for a while?

Know that success rarely happens overnight and that you have to chip away at it everyday and have faith that it will all pay off. It takes time to build a reputation but once it is built it all just flows from there. Understand your “Why” as well. Why do you want to be successful, what will it give you? You keep the end result in mind all the time so that you will have a reason to work hard.

What has your journey been like with Little Voices?

It has been an adventure of ups and downs, it has certainly developed me as a person and as a businesswoman. When I look back over all that I have achieved in these 3 years it seems quite unbelievable.

 

What do you do when you are having a bad day? How do you cope?

If i’m having a bad day it’s usually to do with something I feel is an impossible situation. The first thing I do is pray about it, and the second thing I do is call head office to find out what Jane would do. She always has the best advice having years of experience and always knows the right thing to do. Then I implement the advice, trust it’ll all be OK and every time and the day turns around!

What are the main benefits of running your own franchise with Little Voices ?

Being in business for myself but not by myself, having the benefit of the training and advice from head office and also getting to chat to other franchisees in exactly the same boat as me so I don’t feel alone. The regional hubs are a great opportunity for local principals to get together in an informal setting and share their achievements, problems and to cheer each other on. I always leave re-inspired and it’s also nice that now i’m 3 years in I am able to pass on things I’ve learned to the newer principals in the network