Little Sound Pop Academy

Singing Classes for 6-8 Year Olds

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Your child will find their schedule full of engaging activities with us! While we ensure our sessions are a lot of fun, we also focus on making our classes enjoyable, inclusive, and welcoming.

If your child is interested in joining a Sound Pop Academy session, they will feel right at home. Our team excels at integrating new children into the group seamlessly. We welcome new members all year round (as long as there is space), with fresh content introduced every week.

Here are just a few of the benefits of our Little Sound Pop Academy group…

everybody is welcome!

Designed especially for children aged 6-8 regardless of ability and experience. Our sessions focus on allowing children to gain confidence, develop social and performance skills and understand the basics to prepare and have them in good shape ready for when they transition up into our Advanced group, once they turn 9.

academy learning plan

Our Academy Learning Plan allows members to focus on 3 skills across the year. We’re proud to have developed an Academy Learning Plan which is tested and proven to increase members musical ability, performance skills and confidence across a 12 month period.

Develop & Shine

Members work towards three show backs per year. The third and final show back of the year is in the summer. The show back takes place in a theatre and the performance is produced by us. It’s what members have been working towards all year and is a moment our members and their families will remember forever!

Above all, fun!

Not only are we really productive at sessions, but we make sure each and every session is super fun and engaging! Each class is carefully planned to ensure members have a variety of experiences at each session. From rehearsals, learning new content, games and surprises – come and be part of it!

WE’RE A SINGING GROUP FOR 6-8 YEAR OLDS.

We take pride in offering top-quality, affordable tuition for children who want to have a blast while building confidence and making new friends.

Cost shouldn’t stand in the way of children participating in the arts! A Little Sound Pop Academy membership is only £26 per month, and we also provide a sibling discount.

Our sessions are crafted to be engaging and supportive, ensuring that every member feels empowered to be their true self.

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MEMBER BENEFITS

Your Sound Pop Academy membership includes much more than just your weekly sessions

20% off workshops

If our termly sessions leave you wanting more, you’ll find us out and about during the school holidays running our award winning pop-themed workshops! Members will receive 20% off!*

PERKS

We have partnered with a range of organisations that offer exclusive discounts to Sound Pop Academy members. These offers update throughout the year and you can access your discounts via your Members Area.

THE BIG SING FAMILY FESTIVAL!

A free family ticket to our BIG SING Family Festival. This is a special event that runs in the summer holidays. A chance for you to meet up with your friends and academy leaders, let your hair down and have some fun!

Christmas EVENT

Attend one of our Christmas events. From a local theatre trip to a Christmas event with your academy friends, Christmas really is one of the most wonderful times of the year when you’re a Sound Pop Academy member!

ACADEMY TEAM

Mike Evans – co-founder & director

Mike’s passion for the arts started at the age of 7 when he joined his local drama club and then continued to be involved in performing arts groups through to the end of his time in education.

At the age of 18, Mike started his arts career at Mayflower Theatre where he spent 9 years working across the theatre in a variety of roles, but with a focus on community arts and education.

During the summers, Mike would spend time in Pennsylvania, USA, where he led the drama and performing arts department at a co-ed private summer camp for children and young people aged 6-19. Mike’s passion for acting continued throughout his twenties and he spent time working on productions such as EastEnders, Star Wars, The Witcher and most recently The Batman and Fantastic Beasts which were released in 2022.

In 2017, Mike found employment at Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane, Australia where he worked alongside the Chief Executive at Australia’s largest arts centre.

Mike co-founded Sound Pop Academy with Dan in 2018 with the aim to offer contemporary, affordable and high-quality arts to children and young people across the whole of the UK.

Dan Cooper – co-founder

Dan’s journey started when he was 11 years old where he joined a singing group. At 17, he trained to become a certified vocal coach becoming the youngest certified Speech Level Singing vocal coach in the UK.

Dan has taught thousands of one to one singing lessons and has also worked on TV shows including ‘The Voice’ on ITV as well as ‘Little Mix The Search’ for the BBC.

Dan is the leader of Love Soul Choir who perform regularly throughout the course of the year. Love Soul Choir have performed with Take That, Susan Boyle & have worked with Gareth Malone in the past too.

He is also the founder and lead-coach of SingForce, an organisation that provides workplace choirs to companies to improve wellbeing in the workplace.
Dan co-directs a choir collaboration show (One Sound) which takes place at Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. Over 400 singers come together to perform to a sell out audience.

In late 2022, Dan also performed alongside Derren Brown as part of his Showman tour and globally, Dan has hosted singing sessions both virtually and in-person across a number of different countries including Ireland and the USA.

Dan co-founded Sound Pop Academy with Mike in 2018 with the aim to offer contemporary, affordable and high-quality arts to children and young people across the whole of the UK.

JAYNE GLYNN – associate director

Jayne has been part of the Sound Pop Academy team since the very beginning and is passionate about providing exciting sessions that develop social skills, confidence and emotional resilience along with the development of vocal and performance skills.

After starting her Sound Pop Academy journey as the Southampton Academy leader, Jayne now leads 2 academies (Southampton and Romsey) and manages all of our academies to ensure that all of our members receive the highest quality tuition.

Jayne has always had a passion for working with young people. After graduating from Winchester University in 2007 as a qualified teacher, Jayne has gained lots of experience supporting young people with their educational, emotional and social development.

Jayne also works for SingForce providing workplace choir sessions for a variety of businesses. Jayne is also a session vocalist. She records guide backing tracks for choir leaders to use during the teaching process for many different choirs, including Sound Pop Academy.

Jayne also sings for pleasure in her own time. Since joining Love Soul Choir in 2014, Jayne has performed at many different events. These performances include a Westquay flashmob, ‘One Sound’ at Mayflower Theatre and performing onstage with Take That at St Mary’s stadium in May 2019. 

BECKY GRIFFIN – outreach manager

Becky began her performance training in dance, competing at competitions around the UK throughout her childhood & teens.

She then moved into studying music & performance throughout college and university, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Music from the University of Southampton in 2016 specialising in Musical Theatre Performance and Direction. Since graduating, Becky has led various choirs around Hampshire, including projects for Gareth Malone’s BBC Military Wives Choirs & Britains Got Talent winners, Collabro.

She founded her own choir, Raise Your Voice – Southampton’s Musical Theatre Choir, in 2018.

She has experienced teaching singing to all ages from youth choirs, theatre groups, workplace & community workshops to dementia groups for the Alzheimer’s Society!

CHARLOTTE BLACKMORE – communications & operations manager

Charlotte’s passion for singing started from a young age when she joined her primary school choir, performing at school events and summer fairs.

Throughout her teens, Charlotte continued to find ways to sing and dance, taking dance lessons in a variety of dance styles including ballet, freestyle and ballroom and joining a performing arts school.

In her spare time, she sings as part of Love Soul Choir, having been a member since 2019. Charlotte has always had a passion for working with young people, working at Brownies and afterschool clubs in the Southampton area and loves developing confidence and social skills in young people in a way which is engaging and inclusive.

ANNABEL BROWN – ACADEMY LEADER

Annabel has always had a love for music which started when she began learning various musical instruments at primary school. During her time at secondary school, Annabel received a music scholarship, as well as achieving an A-Level in Music.

Throughout her childhood Annabel has performed in many music and singing groups, latterly joining Love Soul Choir. Alongside her love for music and singing, Annabel has always had a passion for working with children and young people, developing children’s creativity through the arts.

After studying Primary Education at the University of Plymouth, and graduating in 2016, Annabel began working as a primary school teacher and has worked in various schools around Hampshire. During her time as a teacher, Annabel used music to support children’s learning, development, and confidence, as well as leading many choirs and music groups, and putting on musical productions such as Matilda and Annie.

LORRAINE BARBER – finance officer

Lorraine is our Finance Officer and has always had a keen interest in music and shows. She loves nothing better than seeing live acts, and if she can bring songs into her other love, cooking, then Lorraine is at her happiest, making a cake whilst singing along to Belinda Carlisle!

Helping young people achieve their goals and ambitions has always been a priority to Lorraine, often attending careers open days in schools.  There is nothing more satisfying than passing on knowledge and experience, to aid growth and development.

Any spare time Lorraine has, she loves to get out and explore.  Whether that’s the local countryside, beach, the New Forest or the Purbecks, there is always a new place to visit, and an adventure around the corner!

Holly Davidge – Academy Coordinator

Holly is a recent Film and Television graduate from Solent University and has a passion for theatre and TV.

Holly also has a big interest in music and camera operating and in her spare time she plays guitar which she taught herself when she was younger.

Growing up as a scout and being part of a performing arts group, Holly has always been passionate about building confidence and social skills through youth groups as she believes it prepared her for the future and kept her love for theatre and singing.

She’s been part of many performances such as Oliver, My Fair Lady and High School Musical but her favourite musicals of all time are Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera.

Holly is a part of the Breakthrough programme – a paid 6-month work placement scheme run Artswork.

Bethany Howard – Academy Assistant

Bethany’s love for the arts stemmed from a very young age when she joined in with Southampton’s Scouting and Guiding shows full of singing and dancing.

This experience fuelled a passion for performing which led to Bethany joining a youth theatre where she performed many musicals. Throughout her education, Bethany’s love for drama and music grew and she started singing lessons which developed her skill and love for music.

Bethany has always had a passion for working with young people and loves watching the way singing and performing with others builds their confidence.

Grace Warne – Academy Assistant

Grace has always had a love for performing, growing up in a musical family helped her grow this love into a passion.

Through her youth, Grace took part in many different choirs and youth theatres around Southampton and used any chance she could to sing and dance.

In 2019, Grace attended the University of Chichester Conservatoire studying Musical Theatre Performance, where she was trained in vocal technique and different dance styles including ballet, tap and jazz.

Having performed and worked with young people as a teenager, Grace is excited to see how a young person’s passion can grow as their confidence does.

Beth neagu – ACADEMY assistant

Beth has been performing ever since she was young and has always had a passion for performing arts. After studying Drama at school, she went onto completing a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts in further education and has been involved in many musical theatre productions including Cabaret, We Will Rock You and Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; just to name a few!

Additionally, Beth has worked within a range of childcare settings and gained a Level 3 Early Years Education qualification. Prior to Sound Pop Academy, Beth worked for Big Mouth Theatre as an after-school club drama teacher and currently works for the Pauline Quirk Academy of Performing Arts along side her role at Sound Pop Academy.

Beth enjoys participating in the dance style of Jazz during her free time.

Caitlyn White – Academy Assistant

Caitlyn is a recent graduate of The Brighton Academy where she completed her degree in Performing Arts. During this time Caitlyn played roles such as Hope in ‘Urinetown The Musical’ and was Dance Captain/Choreographer in her graduating show ‘Carrie The Musical’.

She has been singing, acting and dancing since the age of 11, training in ballet, jazz, tap, commercial, choral and solo singing, and acting for stage/screen.

As a young girl, she would perform locally every year at the Kings Theatre in shows such as ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Loserville’. She went on to continue her training during her time at Havant and Southdowns College, and danced at Classique School of Dance, she then earned her Musical Theatre Diploma at 18. Caitlyn recently performed at Leicester Square Theatre with her graduating year of The Brighton Academy.

Caitlyn also teaches Musical Theatre and loves getting the opportunity work with young people that are passionate about performing. Currently pursuing her career in the arts, she has a huge love for encouraging others to enjoy expressing themselves through music and performance too.

mia charlton – resident choreopgrapher

Mia fell in love with dancing at the age of 3. Whilst at school, Mia trained at SJ Academy Dance where she not only completed grades in different dance styles, but also danced competitively, achieving much success at local and National levels.

Mia has performed at a variety of large scale venues around the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall. She has also been cast in the Winchester Christmas Pantomime for 4 consecutive years. In 2019, Mia secured a place at the renowned Italia Conti where she studied Musical Theatre and graduated with a BA (hons) degree.

Mia was competed my DDE qualifications in tap and modern. Since gaining these qualifications, she has taught at various dance schools including Italia Conti and Guildford School of Arts, as well as offering 1:1 lessons. These opportunities have allowed Mia to pass on her passion and love for dance by engaging students in creative, inspiring and fun classes

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