My very first college course was the voice and speech class at the University of Northern Colorado. I am a first generation college grad, so being that I had no clue about anything to do with college, and my first class was not easy to hide in like Chemistry 101, but voice and speech, I was a bit terrified. The voice class was totally full, and I had to sit on the floor because we didn't have enough chairs (glory of first day of classes). However, one of my first revelations to come out of the class was that I was finally with a group of students that embraced the weird theatre exercises that just come with territory of the craft. For example, sticking out the tongue and aahhhhhh up and down the vocal range. My biggest take away from the class was learning the mechanics of the voice and how not to ever lose it again during a show. I used to vocally push way too hard in high school and perpetually lost my voice the final tech week before the show opened. For me, learning how to release tension and properly support my voice with diaphragmatic breathing changed everything.
I am really looking forward to imparting all of the goods of my experiences and education in the Voice and Speech class at Sol Acting Acadmey, starting Thursday July 31st. Actors will learn the Krinstin Linklater and Rudolf Laban methods to free their natural human voice and the human actor's voice. Develop awareness to shift unnecessary tension in the face, voice and body to evoke "relax readiness." The class will also introduce the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) which is the basis of learning dialects. The dialects that will be taught British, Irish, Russian, and various American accents. In this session of Voice and Speech garner tools that will thread into the rest of your artistic career.
This is a new class at Sol, and the special tuition rate of $199. Register at www.solacting.com or call 505-881-0975.
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