Voice for Performance - An Introduction | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Voice for Performance - An Introduction

An introduction to using your voice, you will learn and develop effective techniques to improve your voice as a performer.

    Course fee

    £550 (for 16 sessions)
     

    Concessionary Rate

    £450 (see Course Detail)

Course Overview

This course will:

  • introduce you to using your voice as a performer or public speaker
  • explore fundamental voice techniques including breath support and control through practical work 
  • delve into key areas such as articulation, rhythm and resonance to enrich vocal performance
  • build confidence and develop effective techniques to help conquer nerves
  • link your developing skills to practice on texts, enabling you to begin to free your voice and find a true connection to the words you speak

At the end of the course you will be invited to perform a poem and a piece (acting monologue/public speech) to apply your learning in context.

The course is for.....

  • people that are looking to improve their public speaking skills
  • actors that want to explore the use of voice in performance
  • anyone that wants to embark on a journey of vocal development 
  • voice practitioners who want a solid base from which to specialise

On completing this course, you might like to consider applying to Central’s Voice Studies: Teaching and Coaching, MA/MFA.

Please note: Due to the nature of voice work, the course contains a certain amount of floor work (especially in the first few weeks). We recommend bringing a yoga mat or towel to the sessions for your comfort. 


What our students said

'I came to this course with a very quiet voice and a very big fear of speaking in public. During this course I felt more and more confident about speaking aloud in front of my peers, and my voice now has a level of projection I never though I was capable of.' Pilar, 2019 participant

‘The main reason for joining this course was to improve my confidence when approaching spoken tasks. As the course progressed, I realised how important it is to understand your voice in terms of breath, resonance and articulation, which has impacted on me positively not only in the class but in my day-to-day life.’ Sophie, 2019 participant

'The course helped me gain confidence and find ways to relax and improve my public speaking skills. Even though I am far from being 'good', I can improve from here using techniques I have  learned, breathing better and watching out for my mistakes.’ Jerome, 2019 participant

‘Wonderful teacher, passionate about reaching her students and bringing out the best in us. She is kind and has huge emotional intelligence - that makes her class a spiritual journey as well as intellectual.’ – 2018 participant
 


Course Detail

Please note this is not an English language course for non-native English speakers. If you are interested in accent softening or confidence building you may be interested in our Summer Short Course in Clear Spoken English.

Times: This course takes place over one term on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7.00pm - 9.30pm. Please note places are given on a first come first served basis, we therefore advise applying early to avoid disappointment.

Location: Central's main campus in Swiss Cottage, London.

General: Applicants must be confident speaking and reading English to a conversational level (IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent). Please note, you will be expected to read texts/scripts that may have advanced vocabulary in them on this course. 

Age: Minimum age is 18 on the first day of the course. No upper age limit. 

Maximum class size: 16

Attendance: Due to the structure of the courses, full attendance is required.

Upcoming Dates

Autumn 2019

Monday 7 October 2019 – Wednesday 27 November 2019

Mondays and Wednesdays 7pm – 9.30pm

 

Spring 2020

Monday 13 January 2020 – Wednesday 4 March 2020

Mondays and Wednesdays 7pm – 9.30pm

 

Dates for Summer 2020 will be available later this year. 

Booking

Our courses are available on a first come, first served basis in order of payment. To secure a place, please take the following steps:-

1. Read through our Terms and Conditions by clicking on the link on the left-hand side of this webpage. 

2. Click on "Book Now" on the left-hand side of this screen. Please make sure you are booking for the correct course and option (ie Mon/Wed or Tue/Thu)

3. Click on 'Tickets' on our Eventbrite booking page and follow the instructions

FAQ

Do I have to audition/apply for an evening course?

All of our evening courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No auditions, no need for a lengthy application process and no need to submit a CV/resumé. You just need to register and then pay! For further information on how to secure your place, please see the Booking section above.

Are your courses suitable for complete beginners?

Many of our courses are perfect for complete beginners. Please see the course information above for more details on the amount of experience required for your preferred course.

I’m a bit older – will everyone be 18 years old on your evening courses?

Absolutely not! Our evening courses are open to everybody over the age of 18, with no upper age limit. Whilst we do attract a lot of people in their 20s and 30s to our courses, it’s not unusual for us to also have people in their 40s and beyond on our courses too. We believe that a varied and diverse class of students makes for a much more interesting learning experience, so we encourage people of all ages to apply.

How many students are there per class?

This varies by course - it will be a maximum of 20 people in Acting - An Introduction and 16 people for most other evening courses.

Where does the course take place?

All of our evening courses take place at our purpose-built, main campus at Swiss Cottage. It’s in Zone 2, right next to Swiss Cottage tube station on the Jubilee Line.

How are the classes structured?

All of our courses are interactive and participatory and we hope you’ll arrive ready to get stuck in. In common with our degree and graduate courses, the evening courses are all about learning by experience – you’ll be up on your feet in a rehearsal room rather than sitting still looking at a Powerpoint presentation in a classroom.

Expect lots of practical exercises, working in groups, pairs and sometimes solo to practise and implement the new skills you’ll be learning in a welcoming, respectful environment.

Please be aware that, by its nature, acting and voice training may be physical and mentally demanding (but also highly rewarding!)

Will there be homework?

Depending on the course, you may be given some work to do outside of the class. This can vary from learning lines to reading a script to making some notes about characterisation. It shouldn’t take up too much of your time, and will greatly enhance your learning experience.

How important is it that I’m available for every session?

Very important! Our courses give you the chance to experience conservatoire-style training and as such we take attendance and punctuality very seriously. All of our courses are collaborative in nature and if you’re missing from class it impacts on your fellow students’ learning, as well as your own.

Who will my tutor be?

All of our courses are run by professional actors, acting coaches and directors and as such it may not be possible to confirm the name of your tutor until just before the course begins. Rest assured that we only work with the best of the best – all of our tutors have a background in working as professional actors and directors as well as being fantastic, highly experienced, much sought after teachers! See our Visiting Lecturer page to find out more.

Can I have my tutor’s contact details?

We’re unable to give out the direct contact details for your tutor, but we’re happy to pass on an email on your behalf if you send it to the Short Courses team.

Is there an order you would you recommend taking your courses in?

If you are new to acting, we would recommend taking our evening courses in the following order:

First, Acting - An Introduction

Then Acting - Working with Text

Then either Acting - Further Work with Text or Acting - The Play, or both

Then we suggest picking one of our standalone acting courses: Acting - For CameraActing - Through Song or Acting - Shakespeare, which will appeal to students with interests in particular specialisms.

Our Audition Techniques course is ideal if you are thinking of taking your acting to the next level and auditioning for a Diploma, BA, MA or MFA programme at any drama school.

Our other standalone courses, suitable for non-actors as well as actors, are Voice for Performance - An Introduction, Directing - An Introduction and Playwriting - An Introduction, which can be taken at any point.

How often do you run each course?

We run three terms of our evening courses each year – Autumn, Spring and Summer. Dates for the courses that we currently have on sale are listed above. In general, the Autumn term starts at the beginning of October, the Spring term in January and the Summer term towards the end of April.

Do you hold Open Evenings for the evening courses? Or offer taster sessions?

Not at the current time. If you would like more information about a course ahead of booking, please get in touch with our Short Courses team.

Do I get a certificate?

As these are short, non-accredited courses, we don’t offer a certificate as standard. Once the course has finished, we can supply a Certificate of Attendance on request, provided that you have attended at least 85% of the course. Please email the Short Courses team to request the certificate with the name you would like on it and the address where you would like the hard copy sent. Please note, it may take up to four weeks for your certificate to reach you.

Will this course help me get a Spotlight pin?

Spotlight, the industry directory, does not currently accept part-time, non-accredited courses as a way to get a pin. If you already have a pin, however, you’ll be able to list that you took one of our courses under the Education section of your Spotlight page.

Who is eligible for the concessionary fee?

Central offers a concessionary rate for some evening courses and you may be eligible if you can submit proof with your registration form of being an EU citizen in receipt of benefits for unemployment and/or disability within the UK.

Can I pay in instalments?

Unfortunately not. We need to receive payment in full to confirm your place on the course.

I have paid but can no longer attend – can I get a refund or defer to another term?

You can receive a full refund up until 7 days before the course begins. After this point all fees paid are fully non-refundable. 

If you would like a refund, you can log into your Eventbrite account that you used to book the course and do this yourself. 

We are unable to defer places to future courses. 

I have more questions – whom can I contact?

Please get in touch with our Short Courses team if you have any further questions.

International Students

Do you accept International Students on the evening courses?

Yes we do, however, you will need to ensure you have the correct visa.

If you are not from an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you will need to obtain a Visa prior to entry to the UK (if you are a visa national) or upon entry to the UK (if you are a non-visa national). It is each student's responsibility to have the right documentation for study when they arrive at Central.

Please note that you cannot enter the UK on a Visitor's Visa if your primary reason for travel is to study on this course. if you do not have a valid visa you will not be allowed to study at Central.

As our evening courses are classed as part-time, non-accredited short courses they are not eligible for a Tier 4 Student Visa however you may be eligible for a Short Term Study Visa.

Please see this website for more information.