Frequently asked questions:
What are your rates for 2013 - 2014?
$100 for a one hour
lesson. You will achieve substantial results after 3 lessons.
Classes are one on one. You will generally need between 3-4 lessons to
cover all the material necessary
for accent reduction and clear speech.
What is Speech &
Speech & Drama is the
study of voice, anatomy of speech, body movement and general communication
skills using a variety of literary and performance tools such as poetry (verse), prose and drama
(Plays, mime, improvisation etc...). Until the 1970's most Speech & Drama
teachers were known as elocution teachers. We still teach elocution (better
known as articulation these days) but we use far more interesting techniques
than in the old days.
What are your
College London, Member Speech & Drama assoc. NSW, Director of Speech &
drama Academy NSW, Former Toastmasters President.
I've been involved in public speaking, the theatre, and teaching Speech &
Drama to adults and kids for many years.
Why learn Speech & Drama?
Speech & Drama can
help you with verbal and non verbal communication, self expression, speaking in
public and gaining better self awareness and self confidence. It gives you
better control over your voice and improved social skills.
What will I learn during
Once you give me a brief
as to your requirements I will tailor a program to suit your needs. For example,
if you would like to become a better public speaker, We will work on
improvisation, voice projection, clarity, articulation / elocution and resonance. If you
would like to sound more confident, we will explore assertive communication,
voice power, relaxation techniques etc. If English is your second language
(ESL), we will concentrate on accent improvement and conversation skills.
Who can benefit from your lessons?
Speech & Drama is
beneficial for children and adults alike. My youngest student is 6 and the most
mature are in their sixties.
Can Speech & Drama lessons
help people with speech defects?
It depends on the type of
speech defect/impediment. I have achieved excellent results in remedying slurred
speech, lisp (lisping is also known as "sibilance"), mumbling, nasal tone, harsh tone, breathy tone, or overly high
pitched voice. For other defects it's best to consult a speech therapist.
Do you recommend that your
students take Speech & Drama exams?
You don't need to work
towards an exam to make excellent progress. If you are a younger student, exams tend to focus
attention to a greater extent.
It's also nice to get a certificate or
Diploma as recognition of your efforts and ability.
College London offers Speech & Drama, Drama and effective communications
AMEB (Australian Music Examination
Board) also offers Speech & Drama exams.
Examinations are conducted in Sydney and
nationally 3 times a year.
There are 8 grades and
2 to 3 Diploma levels - depending on the type of course.
I am qualified to coach you for either of these examination programs.
Do you do training in
Glad you asked... I also conduct
etiquette courses. These includes business etiquette and social manners.
The training goes far beyond "which fork do I use for the salad..." and
encompasses: introductions, social and
business chit-chat, cultural awareness and everything else that will
save you from making a social faux pas.
The lessons are tailored to your needs and can be conducted as
individual tuition at my place or yours in the Sydney area. By the way,
Etiquette is often referred to as deportment.
How do I book a private
lesson and where are you located?
You may phone me on 9389 8440 or email:
I am in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Lessons / training can be
conducted on your site for an additional fee.
My address is Unit 3, 125 MacPherson Street BRONTE
Please also visit our other Sydney sites:
for public speaking courses
http://www.bridge.com.au/speech/ for corporate presentation, accent
improvement lessons and group training.