Practical voice

Course Dates: 17/02/21 - 24/03/21
Time: 13:45 - 15:45
Location: Online

Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech through relaxation, stance, breath capacity/control, articulation, forward placing and expression.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

To improve the quality of your voice for increased confidence in communication. To develop vocal skills and an understanding of how the voice works with practical focus on relaxation, stance, breath capacity/control, articulation, forward placement and expression.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Relaxation, alignment and posture, breath support, control and pressure, resonance, pitch awareness, articulation and techniques of communication.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Demonstrate more confidence in your voice and how you use it.
Display an awareness of the technique of supporting your voice and controlling your breath.
Practise articulation exercises to improve clarity and diction.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

For anyone who would like to be more confident with their voice; beginners are welcome.
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.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Exercises for the whole class, some pair and small group work. Some homework may be required.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You are advised to do a little background reading around the subject- seek your tutor’s advice. You need to bring to class a notebook and pen and a small hand mirror.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Voice Technique: 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.

Tutor Biographies
Giles Abbott

Giles Abbott began training in Voice in 2002 as a development of his work with voice as a professional storyteller. He began his career in Storytelling in 1999 in response to the sudden and serious, but not total, sight-loss he suffered in 1998. Now registered he says, "in losing sight, I found my love of voice & of teaching!". Giles took his Masters in Voice Studies from Central School Of Speech & Drama in 2004-5 and since then he has devised & delivered Voice courses at different levels for Birkbeck College 2006-12, Arts Ed. 2006-8, Identity School of Acting 2018 and City Lit ongoing. His first degree was in English Language & Literature, St Catherine's College, Oxford, 1991-3 but that, he says, seems a very long time ago. In Voice he is able to unite his love of written text with his post-blindness love of speech and spoken word. He says now, "It's what I should have been doing all along but I had to go blind to see it".

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.

Book your place

Course Code: DVP047

Wed, day, 17 Feb - 24 Mar '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £119.00
Senior fee: £95.00
Concession: £73.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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or call 020 7492 2542

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