Improve your speaking voice: intensive
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: DVX073
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course will improve your vocal skills and help you to use your voice more effectively.
Through a variety of vocal and physical exercises you will develop your ability to communicate more successfully, use your voice with assurance and to command vocal respect. You will be guided and supported to sound more confident; to speak expressively and vocally assert yourself whilst respecting others.
What will we cover?
Building vocal confidence
Improving posture and physical alignment
Breathing properly to support and control your voice effectively
Developing the resonance in your voice
Considering the placement of your voice
Improving your vocal range
Developing your presence and communication skills.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate clarity and confidence in your ability to communicate through your voice
Identify exercises and techniques you can apply in order to maintain and improve your vocal quality
Explain how to maintain vocal confidence when faced with new and/or challenging situations.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should be able to follow simple verbal instructions and be prepared to work physically and vocally.
Exercises will be demonstrated and work supported by hand-outs.
You should be prepared to speak in front of the group.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through a series of physical and vocal practical exercises. You should be prepared to work practically as an individual, in pairs, small group and whole group work.
You may be given homework to complete before the next session.
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?
You may find it useful to bring a notebook and pen to the session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Communicate with Confidence through voice and body language;Use your Voice Assertively; Debating courses
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.