What makes Little Voices different to any other Performing Arts Organisation?

For those of you who may not have come across Little Voices before, we are a company that leads with our heart and genuinely cares for every individual that walks through our doors! Little Voices is an organisation that’s been nurturing children and guiding them for 13 years! We use drama, singing and performance skills that equip children for life! At Little Voices you will find outstanding tuition, expert guidance, support and traditional methods of teaching drama and singing, so that children can pursue a life on the stage or increase their confidence in all areas of their life.
At Little Voices we pride ourselves on traditional and inspirational yet fun filled lessons, which are taught by passionate and highly qualified tutors so that your child can excel in a happy environment.

So, what makes Little Voices different to any other Performing Arts Organisation?

 

LAMDA

In lessons pupils are taught and prepared for their LAMDA exams (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts). These exams are widely recognised and do eventually go towards UCAS points. These UCAS points can assist with our pupil’s University applications, so essentially pupils are building their CV from an early age! LAMDA have high standards and outstanding worldwide reputation. We do teach this is an extremely fun and up lifting way filled with positive reinforcement and encouragement! Little Voices is the second biggest customer, globally, to LAMDA with thousands of pupils across the UK achieving exam success each year! We are proud of our 100% Pass Rate and from this year our pupils even feature on the LAMDA website!

Giving Parents Peace of Mind!

Children’s activities in the UK are UNREGULATED.. Did you know that?! So parents have no idea whether the classes are safe! Activity providers don’t have any set standards to benchmark their services against, so anyone can set up a class with no safety standards, health regulations, training even – in place! Shocking, isn’t it?!

However, here at Little Voices we have been awarded 5 Gold Stars by The Children’s Activities Association, for compliance in everything from paediatric first aid, to GDPR to safeguarding, fire marshalling, and with the current circumstance, infection control and COVID 19 training- meaning that parents who enrol their children with Little Voices have FULL peace of mind that the

y will be looked after by full DBS enhanced tutors and that they have passed all Health & Safety & First Aid Qualifications.

Little Voices is the FIRST Performing Arts organisation to proudly pass this.

 

Small Class Sizes

At Little Voices we follow a very unique lesson structure of Drama and Singing. These lessons alternate each week, pupils have a full lesson focusing on their drama skills one week, and a full lesson concentrating on their vocal skills in singing the next week and so on. 

But, One of the biggest differences at Little Voices to any other organisation, is our super small class sizes. We work with children in groups of no more than 8! There are SO many benefits of this. Firstly, pupils get a lot more focus and attention from their tutors. Tutor are able to adapt lessons to suit the needs and strengths of our pupils. Not only are pupils receiving expert tuition, but a tutor is able to really nurture each individual personality and build a bond that promotes a child to feel 100% comfortable and safe in their lessons. In order for a child to grow and develop skills its important they feel both these things! As well as growing each individual personality, our small groups also encourage team work and all the skills to work as part of a team! From listening skills, to problem solving and being part of a ‘cast’! These are skills that are important throughout life.
We love our small class sizes! It ensure NO child gets left at the back, no matter how shy or confident, and children are able to make friends, some that may stick with them for life!
Although we do work towards exams, building a child’s confidence and nurturing each individual personality is our main focus!

              

Children’s Mental Health & Well being

Here at Little Voices we are passionate about creating a safe environment for children to feel safe and comfortable in their own skin! We are always promoting positive reinforcement and encourage children to talk through their feelings, and use their time with us to truly express themselves!- That’s what theatre is all about after all!

Did you know anxiety affects 1 in 5 children in the UK?  We know children go through lots of ups and downs in their lives, they can be open to nerves and anxieties, and this may be even more heightened with the current pandemic. At a time when children’s confidence is quite low, they’re struggling with emotions & feelings, performing arts lessons, particularly those taught in small classes, really help with positive mental health & help create a happy child!

At Little Voices we thrive on building a child’s confidence, and this is done by building a very special bond between tutor & pupil, they trust their tutors and are encouraged to give anything a go, with no fear of making mistakes! Each child is on their own little journey & have different needs, it’s up to us to nurture their own personalities and help them grow!! The skills they learn to help cope with emotions, nerves, changes in life, are skills will stick with them throughout life.

Critical thinking skills and creative problem-solving abilities are goals for children’s development, as well as exploring different emotions! Not only that, but singing and drama actually have SO many health benefits too!

 

Schools

We recognise the tremendous work teachers do for our children. At Little Voices we work very closely with school teachers to help provide this tuition that may be missing in the school. With cuts to the curriculum, we understand the pressure schools may be under to provide a taste of the Arts to their pupils. We have had many conversations with Head teachers over the past year, who simply don’t have the time or the expertise to give pupils this option, and we completely understand this! We are an external organisation that works very closely with each schools needs to create a programme that’s right for their pupils and school, enabling schools to give their pupils chance to explore their imaginations, build confidence and develop life skills. We currently have school partnerships and have been helping schools to create super happy children and creating a safe space to talk through their feelings and have fun!

 

If you would like to book free trial lesson at any of our centres across the Fylde Coast, or to arrange a phone call with your school please email or phone on 07599709306

WHY IS PERFORMING ARTS SO IMPORTANT FOR CHILDREN?

There are so many benefits and core skills Performing Arts teaches children. Performing Arts plays a huge role in helping children to develop their creative skills, language skills, social skills, decision making, risk taking, emotional intelligence and how to communicate effectively with others with CONFIDENCE!

Performing Arts is all about self-expression and exploring alternative options, learning how to work with different people and ideas and embracing individuality! There is no right or wrong answers, it’s all a matter of perception and expression and this helps to improve self-confidence and self-belief, leading onto a natural pathway for children to master many more skills that will support them through life!

Performing Arts gives children a space to explore different ideas and concepts and try out different point of views- which is SO important in this day and age! Most importantly Performing Arts allows children to be playful and creative. To explore curiosity and try out new things and new ways of thinking! Children learn to trust others and build relationships as they learn to share their own ideas and thoughts with confidence, and to listen to others with respect.

Whether or not children decide to go on to pursue acting or singing professionally, participating in drama and music lessons will help them to develop life skills that are a growing necessity in the modern workplace (sometimes this is the difference between getting the job over someone who is great on paper but in person lacks confidence). Performing Arts inspire creativity, and increasingly valued skills in most workplaces!
Every child at some point in their life will experience a job interview, or a situation in which they will have to speak and present themselves. With  an experience of performing arts and the confidence and communication skills that this equips children with, children feel empowered in whatever career path they decide to follow as they become adults!

Performing Arts is a brilliant way of allowing children to express their feelings and emotions. Its a place for them to express themselves and to work through their emotions in a safe environment. It’s a way of letting off steam, reducing frustrations and dealing with anxieties, which is VITAL for good mental health! If they have already experienced the nerves and anxieties when performing, children are more likely to recognise these feelings in later life and able to cope with them!

Performing Arts teach children to never give up! That they can achieve their own goals and gives them life skills that will help them flourish!

Little Voices in Lockdown!

Did you spot us in the Blackpool Gazette on Sunday? Take a look at the link below 🙂
https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/business/consumer/fylde-coast-performing-arts-teams-online-success-lockdown-2923524

We have been helping children through this strange time.
As we teach in groups of no more than 8 children. This helps our expert tutors to really get to know each individual child, help guide and nurture them as well as building group skills and encouraging friendships.
Our small class sizes helped us to immediately move our weekly classes online, with no change to time and day, lesson format, class mates or their tutors. Children have already had so much change, we wanted to change as little as possible!

It has been so important to us that children kept some kind of familiarity & consistency with their weekly lessons. At Little Voices they are used to receiving such focused attention in a safe setting and can completely be themselves! We didn’t want them to lose this, so made the decision to continue, using online lessons! We really had no idea what our online lessons would look like! But we are so happy to say 17 weeks on, and pupils are still attending and absolutely love it! We have been overwhelmed by parents comments and feedback.

 

“Without putting too fine a point on it, Little Voices put more effort into staying in contact, planning and providing lessons online during lockdown, than my daughter’s school did! It was fantastic, well done Ellena and team”
Little Voices Fylde Parent

 

 

Little Voices has kept us going through “lockdown”. I, as a parent, can see the effort Ellena and Kerry have put into the lessons and its definitely lifted spirits in our house during and after the lessons
Little Voices Fylde Parent

Children are the most important thing to us. Our regular lessons help keep a little bit of normality in their little lives and create a little bubble away from the crazy world to talk about their feelings and have a good sing song! Performing Arts is a great way for children to express themselves, have a sense of routine, encourage team work and  keep their minds sharp!
To truly show how unbelievably proud we are, each pupil received a unique hand delivered Little Voices medal last week, for powering through the 17 weeks of online lessons! We had these specially made for each pupil! This medal represents the resilience, bravery and determination each pupil showed through lockdown!

Our lessons usually run during term time, however we have made the decision to continue throughout summer with weekly online workshops. We feel children (and parents) need us more now than ever! We would love to spread the word and help nurture any child across the Fylde!

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Tuesdays- St Annes
Wednesdays- Kirkham
Fridays- Kirkham Grammar Junior School (KGJS) After school Club

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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

If At First

You Don’t Succeed…

 

I always loved to sing. My mum was (and still is) an avid member of the Church choir and an outstanding singer in her own right. From an early age I would sing solos at Christmas and try to be the loudest singer in the congregation! My first main role came at the end of Primary School where I was selected to be Joseph in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’. I remember everything about that performance, from the costume to the stage directions, but my overwhelming memory is of feeling an amazing buzz from being in front of an audience. It was clear to me at 10 years old that my future lay in performance.

As I entered secondary school, I was already learning to play the cello and piano and continuing with singing wherever I could. I joined the choir and music was my absolute favourite lesson of the week. I was confident and loved singing with a passion.

Then disaster struck.

During Year 8, there was an opportunity to be in the choir for ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, performing with Philip Schofield every night! This was obviously fate! I’d already performed the lead role at my primary school and I was confident that entry to the choir would be a breeze. I attended my audition and sang my heart out. The school selected the best 30 singers from Years 7-9 and I eagerly awaited their decision. When the list went up, my heart sank. My name was there, but on the reserve list! I hadn’t made it! How could this be?

After what seemed like an eternity of tears and tantrums, I picked myself back up again and decided that someone would drop out and I would be offered their place. It didn’t happen and so I watched my friends and peers go off to rehearsals and performances and listened to their amazing stories of the professional world I so desperately wanted to join.

Although this was absolutely my first experience of failure and disappointment, to this day I am so glad I experienced it. This business is fickle and hard hearted at times, and as a performer you have to develop a thick skin. This wasn’t the last time I would experience disappointment in this world, but in going through something like that at 12 years old, I know that firstly, you get over it and secondly it makes you more resilient and stronger than ever before. You have to learn to pick yourself up and throw yourself back out there. I continued to work towards my hopes and dreams and joined everything I could that was Performing Arts related. At that same school a few years later, I played the lead role in Guys and Dolls and received the ‘Senior singer of the Year’ award, so I definitely got back on my A game!

Confident children need to be nurtured and sometimes a negative result in something can actually help them grow. They need lots of love and encouragement and constant reminders that if at first you don’t succeed, try try again! If I had given up at that first hurdle, I’d never have got to where I am now.

Helen Ames BA(Hons) PGCE

Principal – Little Voices Hertfordshire West

What makes a great teacher?

Jane 1What makes a great teacher? What makes the best singing teachers or the best drama teachers?

You will always remember the teachers that had the biggest influence on your life from school and other activities as a child. In my opinion those teachers are the most important and probably the best. Just take a moment now to think about the teacher that had the biggest positive impact on you? Who was he/she, why does he/she stick clearly in your mind when most teachers fade into the distant memory?

I think that they had certain qualities that are imperative and when I started Little Voices the fundamentally most important criteria was to have tutors working with us in our performing arts family that had those special qualities as well as the background in performing arts, of course.

Letters after you name and all the education/academia in the world in my opinion does not make a great teacher.

The word education comes from the latin verb educare which means ‘to draw out’. Teachers are educating our children, Little Voices Tutors are drawing out the very best from our pupils. Working with individual pupils and their needs is what it is all about – not imprinting and instructing them but working with them, caring and supporting them.

So what do I think makes a great teacher?

  • An Inspirational person – someone who you look up to, admire and respect. Perhaps you want to be like them? Especially in performing arts they need to practise what they preach!
  • Someone who genuinely cares and is interested in you – it is really important that a teacher understands you and knows your strengths and weaknesses, can help build your confidence and we know at Little Voices that when a child feels happy their confidence will blossom.
  • Someone who can effectively communicate to you – they can change the ways and means in which they present information to you and can help you to explore your own ideas and understand how to do something! Everyone is a different type of learner; auditory, visual, kinaesthetic or a mixture of those and a great teacher will facilitate ever type of learner
  • A great teacher obviously knows their subject and is constantly learning and developing to enhance their knowledge base. They keep themselves current and are hungry for new learning and embrace new ideas.
  • They are passionate, bubbly and approachable but coupled with being highly organised and reliable. Well these are certainly attributes that I look for. Our entire Little Voices organisation is built with these qualities in mind.

 

Does this sound like you? OR does it sound like the people that you would want to work with? Learn how it could fit in with your life and in your area.

 

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Contact Jane 01254 207516 or email jane@littlevoices.org.uk

How many seconds do you have?

JaneWell, it is interesting, you have exactly 60 seconds. Just 60 seconds to make a first impression and this is exactly what we were talking about to children in some Little Voices lessons last night. Making a first impression is crucial not just in examinations but in every area of your life.

It is why life skills and confidence is taught so beautifully in the setting of Drama and singing with Little Voices.

We talk about exactly how to enter the examination room, how to present yourself in terms of posture, eye contact and energy!

It is statistically proven that over 70% of a first impression is created through one’s body language alone and over 20% by the tone of your voice!

So that leaves less than 10% being about the words that you actually say.

Our children are so well prepared for examinations that they are not a ‘scary’ experience but an experience that they can handle with true profesionalism (even our gorgeous Mini Voices children as young as 4 years old!)

We talk about ‘first impressions’ with the Voices and Little Voices pupils and explain all about the importance of their body language and delivery of their voice. We talk about being so full of energy and smiley as they walk smartly into the examination room and deliver their poem with the Mini Voices pupils.

There is a huge difference between the first time they practise walking into the examination room in a lesson sometimes dragging their feet or looking sad, to the end of a first impressions lesson! These skills are easily transversible into a job interview situation or an interview for college or a new school! They never forget the tips given to them to create a first impression within the 60 seconds!

Singing is like a mathematical equation

JaneThis is a quote from our recent Tutor training day with Andrew Keir, West End Musical Director and LAMDA examiner!

He is so right!

The delivery and acquisition of a song is like a mathematical equation. Children are learning at Little Voices to beat time, read music, listen to others, acquire lyrics and tunes, jump between intervals of notes, breathe, sing together, sing alone, perform with emotion. There is so much to do!

It is like a mathematical equation. We do not always get the right answer but we get marks for our method! When we do get it perfect it is amazing for the performer, the listener, the teacher, the examiner and everyone involved!

 

How Drama and singing training helps your child at school with numeracy, literacy, reading, biology and physics!

JaneThere are so many benefits to drama and singing lessons that help your child with school.

Singing is all about music and music is a very mathematical subject. The timing, the note values, musical notation, the speed, the length of phrases are just some of the important components of teaching singing. This in turn aids maths, the two complement each other in a really disguised way.  In the context of your child’s lessons at Little Voices they are acquiring so much knowledge in a fun way that will inherently help their schooling.

The lyrics of songs aid your child’s literacy and reading. A child has to understand each word that they are singing so that they can emotional portray the meaning of the song in performance. The script reading and understanding in drama lessons is again so important to the overall educational development of a child in school.

The way that the voice works is very complex and from a very young age we are talking in your child’s lessons about the biology of the human voice and how our bodies support the voice. This is fantastic for children as they often get into Year 9 at school and all the ‘intercostal diaphragmatic breathing’ topic that is covered in biology they already know. In physics they already know how a sound is produced and how it travels!

So who would have thought it that drama and singing each week would help topics such as biology and physics!