Actor's voice: beginners
Time: 10:30 - 12:45
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: DVB003
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
To improve the quality of your voice for increased confidence in communication. To develop vocal skills and thus
an understanding of how the voice works, so that it can better serve your needs as a performer..
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Breathing - diaphragmatic, lower abdominal and lower intercostal.
Relaxation techniques, opening the channel for sound.
Forward placement work.
Jaw and tongue; opening throat.
Vowel work and consonant drills.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate an awareness of the body and its effect on the voice.
Demonstrate effective relaxation techniques.
Demonstrate deep breathing/support of sound.
Demonstrate a more powerful voice and richer tone.
Articulate clearly in speech.
Demonstrate vocal confidence and awareness.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Beginners through to experienced students who wish to practise basic exercises that are fundamental to effective voice production.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Speak English fluently.
• Communicate in group situations.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Read and respond to a range of texts.
• Take course notes for your own use.
If you are new to voice classes please take a moment to read our
full sequence of voice and speech classes at City Lit (click here) before choosing.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Group, pair and individual work. You will be taught through tutor explanation, demonstration, feedback and correction, copying, repetition and practice in class and at home.
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring to every session: water, a notebook and pen, and a folder to file hand-outs and any homework you have been set. Wear clothes that are comfortable enough to move freely in.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Many Voice and associated subject classes offered by the Drama department, in particular The Actor's Voice: Improvers
Please refer to our
full sequence of voice and speech classes at City Lit (click here) as you consider which area you would like to study next.
Nikki has taught voice at City Lit since 2011, as well as other London drama schools. Her focus is the rigour and clarity of articulation aligned with proper breath technique and projection. She is best known to millions of viewers for her role as Sylvia in the 1980s show “Hi-de-Hi!” for BBC TV. Nikki trained at Rose Bruford College, and gained early theatre experience in rep companies in the UK and abroad, including “No Sex Please, We’re British” (Sweden), “Confessions of a Window Cleaner” in (Zimbabwe) and “Who Goes Bare” (South Africa). She toured with John Inman in “Bedside Manners,” to rave reviews. Other theatre credits include “Medea,” “Bleak House,” “Murder By Sex,” “Not Now Darling,” “Mixed Doubles,” and “Strip Poker.” On TV, Nikki has appeared in “The Sweeney,” “Life begins at Forty,” and “The Lenny Henry Show,” amongst others. At Christmas, Nikki can be found playing the Wicked Queen in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”or the Wicked Witch in “The Wizard of Oz.” Her distinctive voice has enabled her to work extensively in the voice-over field. Nikki comes from a large theatre family that included her great uncle, Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson, a founder of RADA.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.