Using your voice for audio books and talking newspapers
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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What is the course about?
Would you like to narrate audio books? Are you interested in community work such as talking newspapers for the blind? Explore vocal skills and techniques required in these areas such as subject-appropriate intonation, clear and precise articulation, and engaging storytelling.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
The style of different readers – what you like and what you dislike
Articulation and clarity of message
Use of pitch variety and range to engage your listeners.
How to keep impassive when delivering an emotionally charged story
Approaches to adapting texts for audio format
How to find local Talking Newspaper organisations.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Develop your critical ear for the style of individual audio book narrators and identify your own style.
Understand how some readers narrate and others comment on the material through the use of vocal tone.
Identify speech techniques that will hook your audience in to what you are saying.
Explore the potential of your voice to communicate the news item or story in your unique way.
Adapt your voiceover approach to suit a range of spoken media.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
All are welcome; you should be interested in using your voice to present and convey material in either a professional or amateur capacity.
You should have a ready understanding of spoken English, and be able to communicate fluently.
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.
If you are new to voice classes please take a moment to read our.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be delivered online; you must be visible on camera and audible to the others. Preparation of material between classes may be required.
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?
Be prepared to discuss an audio book you like (and why) at the first session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Storytelling for Business and Pleasure; Narration Skills; Voiceovers
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.
Richard is a voice coach and actor, and has been teaching voice and speech for over a decade, joining the City Lit teaching staff in 2014. He specialises in elocution, accents and dialects for performance, and is an expert public speaking coach. Richard holds a PGCE in lifelong learning, as well as a certificate in English language teaching to adults (CELTA). He also currently lectures in voice and speech for Musical Theatre at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Greenwich. Richard also runs veryvocab.co.uk, a voice and speech training service. His students have included actors from across the world, dancers, waiters, teachers, a paediatrician, TV presenters, sales directors, nurses, researchers, kickboxers from Ukraine, comedians, a Spanish au pair and three Scottish magicians, to name just a few. As a voiceover artist, he has worked in commercials for radio and TV, alternative formats such as audio bills for the hard of sight, and even a stint as a radio disc jockey in Zambia! He has also voiced a number of audiobooks for children and adults, including The Wolves of Rome by VM Manfredi (Macmillan) and The Spider and the Fly (4Dio).
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.