An inspiring, practical guide to working with young people on their voices, by a highly experienced teacher, actor and director. Teaching Voice is for all youth-theatre leaders, workshop facilitators, teachers or lecturers who want to help their students to develop their voices - either as a component in theatre training, while rehearsing a play, or for the benefit of their personal development. It offers a step-by-step course of workshops and themed sessions, along with a series of exercises and vocal warm-ups - from the tried-and-tested to the truly innovative. Included are: - Full plans for two ninety-minute core sessions, laying the essential foundations of voice work: breath, diction, resonance and relaxation; - Seven themed workshops exploring individual aspects including projection, rhythm, the power of language, emphasis and Shakespeare; - Micro sessions that can be used within the structure of any session, or when time is short; - Further sessions to help incorporate voice work into rehearsals for a school or youth-theatre production.
Also included is a personal exercise plan to help you develop your own skills and confidence as a voice teacher, whatever your level of experience. Teaching Voice is an invaluable resource for anyone involved in vocal training for young people, whether you're looking for a structured programme of workshops, or simply for some fresh ideas to inspire your students.
MAX HAFLER trained at LAMDA, worked professionally as an actor in theatre, film and television for many years and as a director before becoming a voice coach in 2000 leading the MA and BA courses at the National University of Ireland.