What is the course about?
To improve the quality of your voice for increased confidence in communication. To develop vocal skills and thus
an understanding of how the voice works.
What will we cover?
Breathing - diaphragmatic, lower abdominal and lower intercostal.
Relaxation techniques, opening the channel for sound, resonating.
Forward placement work.
Jaws, tongue opening throat work.
Vowel work and consonant drills.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate an awareness of the body and its effect on the voice.
Demonstrate effective relaxation techniques.
Demonstrate deep breathing/support of sound.
Demonstrate a more powerful voice and richer tone.
Articulate clearly in speech.
Demonstrate vocal confidence and awareness.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Beginners through to experienced students who wish to practise basic exercises that are fundamental to effective voice production.
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?
Group, pair and individual work. You will be taught through tutor explanation, demonstration, feedback and correction, copying, repetition and practice in class and at home. There will be Q&A and occasional homework assignments.
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
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?
Please bring to every session: water, a notebook and pen, and a folder to file hand-outs and homework. Wear clothes that are comfortable enough to move freely in.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Many Voice and associated subject classes offered by the Drama department, in particular The Actor's Voice: Improvers.
General information and advice on courses at Build 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