Voices and Choices
Students will begin to understand the separation of the ‘developed’ or ‘habitual’ voice from the ‘potential’ voice. This leads into work on articulation and an examination of the vocal equipment. Phonetics are introduced in the context of a practical environment alongside Received Pronunciation (RP) as both ‘neutral’ and character-based accent and as the beginnings of dialect exploration. In the second term students will continue to explore dialects and voices. You will develop articulation alongside phonetics and extend the building blocks of Received Pronunciation, using set phrases and sentences as both mnemonics and assessment tools. In Term Three students will move into conversational Received pronunciation practice with the aim of progressing to within a practical RP comfort zone in preparation for the demands of second year.
Body & Breath
You will begin by exploring the relationship between posture, breath and voice with a practical focus on understanding and releasing the accumulation of habitual tensions in the body, moving into developing spine and rib flexibility and discovery of the centred impulse for breath and sound support. In the second term you will work on developing greater rib flexibility, abdominal and pelvic release and will learn to identify the use of a free throat. Exercises will be used to connect breath to voice while developing abdominal support and increase of energy without increasing tension/aggression. By the end of the module you will have developed a cohesive working attitude to warming up and stretching the voice.
Students will explore issues of resonance and resonant placement through a variety of approaches. You will begin to apply exercises to voice work to stretch the voice beyond confines of the habitual, and to explore and develop the musicality of expressive language through pitch range, resonant balance, pace, volume, rhythm and cadence. In Term Three you will add range to their understanding of resonance and emotional pitch through the application of more complex theories and techniques to voice work.
Beginning with storytelling and moving into the use of rhythmic text, you will be introduced to textual issues such as phrase, sentence structure, use of words and imagery. As the course progresses you will study sonnets with the aim of bringing practical work to rich texts, exploring the expression of passion through the use of released and energised body, voice, language and articulation. You will consider the connections between breath and thought, rhythm and emotion, word energy and articulation. In the final term of the course you will connect text work with technical and practical work through the choice and performance of Political Speeches, demonstrating flexibility and manipulation of the voice for deliberate emotional effect.