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Courses designed to help develop your vocal and presentation skills – suitable for all professions and sectors

Whatever sector you work in or whether you are in individual simply wanting to develop your confidence, the courses we offer are designed to help you perfect your technique. Some are more suited to actors but others are appropriate for people from any profession. People who have attended our courses in the past include HR Directors, fundraisers, teachers and bank managers. Courses generally take place at our premises in Renfrew Street but we are also able to come and work in your business. Talk to us and find out more.

  • Talking Business – The Art of Vocal Communication
  • The Actor’s Voice
  • Accents and Dialects: An Introduction
  • Communicate with Confidence

Talking Business – The Art of Vocal Communication

Next Session 31 August 2017 10 – 5

Our renowned Centre for Voice in Performance offers our expert knowledge and experience at to help improve and develop your public speaking skills. The course looks at coping strategies for calming with nerves and performance stress, explores the impact of vocal quality on the listener, and provides simple practical exercises for effective communication. This course is specifically designed to build vocal confidence for anyone who has to speak in a public context, whether you are a teacher, trainer, team-leader, toastmaster or simply tongue-tied. The cost to attend this full day session is £90 per person. The cost to buy the training commercially for your organisation (maximum 15 people) is £1,000 plus VAT. Previous clients have included HR directors, higher education specialists, fundraisers, NHS managers, teachers and bank managers.

For an application form and any queries contact Elaine Hook at centreforvoice

‘The presenter was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience’.

‘A hugely useful day; I will take away with me a greater confidence in giving presentations.’

‘One of the most useful courses I have attended. Really helpful and well delivered.’

For specific course information contact Hilary Jones H.Jones@rcs.ac.uk Tel: 0141 270 8286

The Actor’s Voice

Oct 14-15 2017

This intensive course is for adults and theatre professionals interested in the core voice techniques used by the Royal Conservatoire’s Centre for Voice in Performance.

By the end of the course students should have:

  • Gained a greater understanding of how the human voice works
  • Identified the key principles of the relaxed body and supported voice
  • Learned to apply these core techniques to work with text
  • Experienced the delivery of text using the full voice and the four voice qualities

Courses run throughout the year. Contact Lifelong Learning on 0141 270 8213

Accents and Dialects: An Introduction

Sept 9th 2017 10 – 5

How to ‘do’ accents and dialects

Accents and dialects are an essential element of the actor’s craft. Being able to sound ‘American’ or ‘Geordie’ is as important in portraying a character as wearing the right costume. But how do actors learn the right accent for a part?

Drawing on many years of experience as a dialect coach for theatre, film and television, this practical one day course led by Hilary Jones explores how dialects are shaped in the mouth and why imagination, climate and history are crucial to finding the right sound and energy for each new accent.

Please contact Lifelong Learning on 0141 270 8213

Communicate with Confidence

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During this bespoke workshop participants will explore the many different sources of energy required for effective, confident voice use. Participants will be lead through a range of simple exercises from looking at posture and breathing to personal investment in communication They will also investigate different strategies and skills for communicating with confidence. Dedicated, bespoke training can also be designed for groups on request. Recent clients have included SHARE (Scottish Housing Associations), East Lothian Council and the Judicial Skills Committee.

Please contact j.sangster@rcs.ac.uk / 0141 270 8217 to discuss your training needs.