What is the course about?
The course will begin with an explanation of voice production, followed by an overview of how voice may be affected by stammering and how efficient voice production can be developed through simple exercises. General principles regarding voice care and quality will be introduced, including relaxation, posture, breathing and voicing into speech. The course will also cover principles of public speaking and how stammering strategies may be adapted in every day and public speaking situations.
What will we cover?
Voice production theory.
What goes wrong with voice and how it can be changed by differences in its production..
Voice care advice.
Practice at muscle tension reduction (relaxation.)
Practice at establishment of efficient breath-body connection through posture and breathing.
Voice production practice, according to the needs of the group (e.g. voice onset, voice quality/tone, volume, etc) and application of use for stammering, as required.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
By the end of the course you should be able to:
Identify areas in the vocal tract or related, which affect your voice production and stammer.
Demonstrate muscle tension and relaxation.
Demonstrate an awareness of efficient posture and breathing patterns for voice and speech in structured practice.
Generate ideas on how knowledge of voice production can be applied to stammering therapy (desensitisation and modification.)
Apply two or more of these ideas in public speaking situations.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for people who stammer who have already attended an intensive course or evening class (Stage 1 Stammering Therapy). It is also suitable for people who are new to the City Lit.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Students will learn through a variety of methods including presentation by tutor, large and small group work. There will be a particular emphasis on feedback and video will be used. Handouts will be given.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
A variety of Stage 2 courses and workshops. Advice on other courses at the City Lit is available during drop-in advice times (see programme guide for details.).
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details