Improve your speaking voice

Course Dates: 05/11/22 - 03/12/22
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Keeley Street
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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 in the college.
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Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00

Course Code: DVP040

Available start dates 

Sat, day, 05 Nov - 03 Dec '22

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

Lines open Monday-Friday 12:00-18:00

Any questions? drama@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2542

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What is the course about?

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

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; Use your Voice Assertively.
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 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.