Reading great poetry aloud
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Course Code: DVP023
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
A brisk canter through a few centuries of English poetry including Wordsworth, Blake, Keats, Shelley, Tennyson, Eliot, Plath, Hughes, Heaney, Duffy, Motion and Cope among others, while at the same time learning vocal technique to improve the clarity and power of your delivery.
What will we cover?
How we use pitch, pace and pause in reaading poetry. How we need clear diction for narrative as well as range and variety for any vocal characterisation. The importance of good vocal delivery, powered by correct breathing techniques. Each class will include an element of vocal warm -up at the beginning.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate more confidence in the sound of your voice.
Acknowledge a greater delight in poetry by reading poems aloud and thus sharing stories and ideas.
Identify some key breathing and vocal techniques to assist reading in public.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is for all those who enjoy reading poetry and wish to develop greater confidence in reading aloud. You will have some ability with sight reading and if you are a non-native speaker, you must be fluent in English.
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?
We will read in a large group together. You will be expected to read and prepare poems in advance of the class each week.
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?
It is a good idea to buy or borrow an anthology of English poetry and bring this with you- the tutor will provide copies of certain texts. Have a pen and paper to make notes and write down feedback.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Reading English Literature Aloud: 20th century; Radio Presenting; Acting for Radio; Using your voice for audio books.
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.
Kate is a richly experienced voice tutor, and somatic psychotherapist. She is an established visiting voice tutor at the City Lit. Kate has a Degree in Acting and a Masters in Voice Studies from London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is an experienced actress with credits in theatre, television and film. Kate has honed her bespoke coaching practice in the corporate sector both in London and abroad. She regularly trains staff at all levels, and delivers executive level coaching for middle management and CEOs. She specialises in Personal Impact, Public Speaking, Presentation Skills, Voice and Speech coaching, and Accent Softening, tailoring courses to meet client needs while supporting the development of the individual’s unique gifts, strengths and communication style. As a psychotherapist Kate has the ability to work effectively with professionals who are challenged by constant change, performance stress, and the need for resilience and flexibility within their work place dynamics. Kate’s approach is highly intuitive while grounded in technique, passion and experience.
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.