The workshop is a great opportunity for new and experienced professional actors to refresh and deepen their connection to their voice. The course will explore release of physical tension, connection to breath and vibration, releasing the vocal channel and developing greater resonance. We will progress through a series of exercises aimed at removing the physical and psychological blocks that inhibit the voice, so that the voice is in direct contact with emotional impulse. A free voice can connect viscerally with language, transforming connection and expression of text and character.
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Small business owners, senior executives and young professionals have been enjoying monthly masterclasses with Amy Hume hosted by Viva Voice.
This year, Viva Voice began offering masterclasses as a way of inviting local professionals to develop their voice and communication skills in a group setting.
‘Each masterclass has focused on a different aspect of communication or presentation’, said acclaimed voice coach Amy Hume. ‘Recently we’ve offered “Your Voice and Your Career”, “Fearless Speaking”, “Powerful Presentations”, “Speaking with Presence”, and “How to Use – Not Lose! – Your Voice”’.
As a voice and dialect coach, Amy primarily works with actors, but is equally committed to delivering voice training beyond the realm of theatre. ‘Just as an actor’s voice is their primary tool, so is the voice a professional's primary communication tool – in the boardroom, the seminar room, the classroom. Your voice is what connects you to the people around you’.
Local professionals seem to agree that it is an important part of professional development. ‘People from a wide range of professional backgrounds have been attending the masterclasses – university professors, health professionals, solicitors, journalists, teachers – and all find the material beneficial. Most attend every month.’
Francesca, a small business owner, has attended a number of the masterclasses. ‘I find them empowering, relevant, useful and enjoyable. I’d recommend them to anyone interested in developing their voice or wanting to gain more confidence in speaking’, she says.
The next masterclass is “Quick Thinking, Clear Speaking” and will focus on expressing yourself clearly and with confidence, whether in presentation, negotiation or conversation. ‘This is what you need to know in order to make a solid and sharp impression at your next networking event, business meeting, or even social engagement.’ said Amy. ‘You’ll learn to express your thoughts clearly so people hear you with confidence and trust.’
Next masterclass: Clear Thinking, Quick Speaking
Wed 7 October 2015, 6.30-8.30pm at Viva Voice
Register here or phone (02) 8040 1902
"The voice provides the main tool for both semantic and emotional communication, and is therefore relevant to auditory perception, psychology, neurology, cognition, linguistics and phonetics. It is a crucial tool not only in education but also in the daily work for about 30% of the entire working population."
Voice Matters, World Voice Day
April 16 is World Voice Day - a day to celebrate the power and affect of the human voice. There are two World Voice Day events happening in Sydney, beginning this weekend:
This year the Australian Voice Association is celebrating World Voice Day with an educational event aimed at singers. Guests will explore how to maintain a healthy voice when singing with presentations from ENT Jonathan Livesey, speech pathologist Cate Madill and voice teacher Rowena Cowley. Old Teachers College at The University of Sydney, Thursday 16 April, 6pm, entry by gold coin donation. Register here.
Plus "Sing it Sydney" will take over the Paddington Town Hall on Sunday 12 April from 4pm, with performances from the Sydney Street Choir and other local acts. Entry by gold coin donation. More info is here!
Happy World Voice Day!
Today I facilitated a 'Voice Fundamentals' workshop to the team at CHOICE Magazine. It was great working with this dedicated and insightful team, who spend their days protecting and advocating consumer rights. We dived into an explorations of techniques for speaking with clarity, resonance and confidence whether speaking for media appearances, delivering presentations, or conducting interviews. Thanks to CHOICE for an enjoyable morning and for sharing these photos of the workshop.
Please get in touch if you are interested in organising a voice workshop for your workplace or organisation.
I spent this week with the wonderful folks down at the Australian People for Young People facilitating a Voice and Accents workshop for Years 7 - 9 students. Young actors came from across NSW to participate in the workshop that was part of ATYP's summer holiday program.
Together we explored vocal technique, confidence and range, as well as basic accent training. With this knowledge the young actors could dive further into character building and vocal characterisation. They enjoyed learning about how changes in the voice can change how the audience relates to certain characters. The students worked in groups on an accent of their choice and later performed short scenes and skits to each other in their chosen accent. We had dialects from North America, Britain, Germany, France and New Zealand.
I'm looking forward to working with the young actors at ATYP again soon!
Voice coaches Amy Hume and Jess Chambers have launched their in-school workshops for teachers. The workshops have been met with huge response teachers call for guidance for safe vocal practice.
What people are saying about Viva's workshops:
"My voice feels louder, clearer and more confident... Long gone are the days when after a day of teaching I would lose my voice. I now feel empowered to communicate."
"Amy is a caring, skilful teacher... She demonstrated enthusiasm, insight and problem-solving ability. Afterwards I noticed a change in my voice and breath. I wholeheartedly recommend."
"Thanks so much for this... It is something that is totally ignored with teachers... Protection of our voices is vital to our well-being."
Contact the studio to organise a voice workshop at your school.