Use your voice assertively

Course Dates: 26/10/20 - 30/11/20
Time: 11:00 - 12:30
Location: Online

Do you want to sound more confident, grounded, self-assured and assertive? Improve your vocal skills through a series of exercises that will support you to become more vocally confident, expressive and dynamic without appearing arrogant.

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?

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.

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?

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...

Describe how to use your voice as an effective expression of yourself
Demonstrate 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
Use your voice more assertively.

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 will be given exercises to complete outside the class.

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; 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.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

You will enjoy doing the exercises immensely and, in tandem, you will learn to use your voice more effectively: just do it.
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Review by Helena / (Posted on 04/12/2019)
Interesting and supportive tutor who gave good feedback to us all.
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Review by Jane / (Posted on 25/11/2019)
The tutor s very knowledgeable and able to guide students to the their desired goals. She points out what we can do to improve our voice and give practical feedbacks. Every week there are many new things that I learnt and I have enjoyed it so far. Would definitely recommend it to anyone who is not confident with their voice.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/06/2019)
Do it but it’s far more about breathing than it is about voice in my opinion.
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Review by Caleb Dundee / (Posted on 14/04/2019)
There is so much to learn about the technique of using one's voice. A very useful course and I am sure that what I have learnt will be something that I shall remember for a very long time. Really worthwhile.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/04/2019)
That is challenging and gets results with a lot of additional self-motivated work and practice.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 22/03/2019)
I thoroughly enjoyed this course - it was extremely comprehensive covering breathing, posture, projection and presence. This course lays the foundation for anyone wanting to increase confidence in using their voice in a safe and supportive environment. Our tutor was extremely knowledgeable and encouraging. I would absolutely recommend!
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Review by The FineArt Gal / (Posted on 27/02/2019)
Highly recommend - the course is about much more than just your voice. The tutor is fantastic.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 08/02/2019)
The tutor put a lot of effort to guide and advise every single one of us in the group. His beyond comparison enthusiasm and of course professionalism made this class extremely enjoyable and I feel that I have learned a lot.
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Review by mairiae / (Posted on 26/03/2016)
The tutor has incredible subject knowledge and passion which is reflected in his teaching. This makes every session outstanding.
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Review by Asha / (Posted on 13/03/2016)
Tutor Biographies
Nikki Kelly

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.

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Course Code: DVX073

Mon, day, 26 Oct - 30 Nov '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £79.00
Concession: £60.00

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