Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions: New Pupils

If you have any more questions please call Haylie on 07753 607656.

How do the lessons work?

We have a very specific way of working. At Little Voices we teach both singing and drama, and to get the best results out of our children we teach these separately. Therefore, we teach the two threats on alternate weeks; one week the children receive their vocal training, the next their drama training, the next their vocal training, and so on and so forth. We work towards exams. .

All children will work towards their LAMDA Musical Theatre/ Acting exam, but other children may also work towards Communication (all minis), or other syllabuses depending on which would suit each individual child.

 

 How many children are there in each class?

In each class the maximum amount of children is 8.

Mini Voices classes are generally for children aged 4-7, Little Voices classes are for children 7-12 years and Voices classes are for children aged 13-18 years.

There are many reasons for our small numbers:

  • Specific individual attention
  • Confidence within the group
  • Gain team and group skills
  • Better than a 1:1 lesson

 

How long are the lessons?

The Mini Voices lessons are 30 minutes and the Little Voices/ Voices lessons are 45 minutes.

 

Does my child have to wear a uniform?

Uniform is compulsory at our lessons and one must be worn every week when your child turns up. In your enrollment pack there is a uniform order form for you to order your child’s uniform. This is usually a Little Voices polo shirt and hoodie.

Children wear comfortable trousers or leggings that they can move around in, and shoes also suitable for movement. Trainers/dance shoes are recommended.

 What happens in the exams?

We treat exams as something exciting rather than daunting. We want our children to enjoy the experience. Understandably most children feel nervous before they go in to the exam, but they leave the exam room feeling so happy and a real sense of pride.

Group Musical Theatre Exam/Solo Musical Theatre Exam/Duo Musical Theatre Exam

–          The children will walk into the exam room with their props and an accompanist to play the music.

–          The children then have to recite their name and the name of their performance

–          Perform their exam piece

Communication Exam

–          The children walk into the exam room and introduce themselves and their poem.

–          They recite their poem

–          The child will have taken a toy, photograph or a book into the exam; they will then sit down and have a friendly chat with the examiner about their chosen object. They will need to be able to answer questions and create appropriate conversations with the examiner.

Duo Acting Exam/Solo Acting Exam

–          The children then have to recite their name and the name of their performance

–          Perform their exam piece

The exams are nothing to worry about. Every aspect of this exam is practiced over and over again in their lesson. The children will feel completely comfortable and very happy about it.

 

 What happens once I have filled out the Free Trial Application Form?

Our Vice Principal Haylie will ring you. She will discuss your child with you and get a real understanding of your individual child and their characteristics. We do not choose the classes for the children simply based on age; the class must also suit their ability. At Little Voices we absolutely understand, for example, that not all 7 year old’s are the same!  We treat each child as an individual so that we can give them the best training to suit their needs.

Then once the principal has decided where she thinks your child will fit, she will give you a date and a time so that your child can experience their first lesson. Your child will be able to trial either the singing or a drama lesson and we will ensure that your child will receive the full Little Voices experience.

Once your child has attended the lesson you will receive another phone call, this time to discuss your child’s experience with us and whether or not your child has a place/would like to return.

 What is in the enrolment pack?

The enrolment pack is a pack full of information about Little Voices, and documents for you to fill in. They will give you information on payment and uniform. For health and safety reasons these forms MUST be filled in and returned.

 

 What are QCA accredited points? How will my child get them from attending Little Voices?

These points are gained at Grades 6, 7 and 8. These will be gained by our older pupils they can be put towards their university points, and they are highly recognized if used on a personal statement. LAMDA are a registered exam centre. The higher the mark the group passes with, the more points they gain – depending on whether it’s a pass, merit or a distinction. Some universities accept them, and some universities don’t. But… just think… Even if the university your child wanted to go to didn’t accept QCA accredited points as a way of entry, BUT your child’s personal statement had them, and another personal statement didn’t… Which one do you think will be most likely to get into university?

 Who do I contact in regards to payment?

Email: flagship@littlevoices.org.uk 

Mobile: 07753 607656

When/where are our lessons held?

Tuesday:  Holy Souls Church Hall, Whalley New Road, Blackburn, BB1 9BE

Wednesday:  St. Mary’s Centre, Church Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2DG

 

           Does my child need anything for their Free Trial lesson?

No. Please just ensure that they are wearing sensible clothing. We encourage them to bring a bottle of water.

 

Am I allowed in the classroom?

No. We do not allow parents in the teaching room. Having parents there can be distracting for both your child and the other children in the room. We want a safe and happy learning environment.

 

How do I apply for a Free Trial Lesson?

www.littlevoices.org.uk/lessons/application-form

 

 Do you teach in the school holidays?

No, we only teach in term times. However, in the school holidays we do have theatre weeks and theatre weeks which run throughout the year!