Term 2 – starting March 2, 2022
The study of Speech Arts & Drama offers a range of opportunities to develop one’s speaking voice and communication skills. Through public speaking, storytelling and improvisation activities, participants learn to sequence and summarize facts and thoughts in their own words. They explore ways to use their voices effectively and improve their diction, articulation and delivery.
Using the Royal Conservatory of Music: Speech Arts & Drama syllabus as a guide, students develop techniques to interpret and perform various forms of literature expressively, strengthen their ability to speak with ease and clarity and confidently share their ideas and observations. Interested students may prepare for an RCM exam in Speech Arts & Drama at the appropriate grade level using the pieces they work on in class. Activities are designed to help develop each individual’s creative and imaginative voice and make new discoveries about themselves and others.
In this group setting, students benefit from presenting their work to one another, as well as becoming observant and attentive audience members. Age appropriate topics and texts will be provided in collaboration with ideas and interests generated by the students.
Registration for TERM 2 classes will be in January 2022
I will be offering 2 different programs for ages 9 and up:
a) “Speech Arts Exam Prep class” Wednesdays 4 to 4:55 p.m. This second shorter term class will focus on fine tuning skills and techniques needed for the performance and presentation of pieces students are working on in preparation for an RCM exam in Speech Arts, or for those who want to prepare what is needed for an RCM exam but do it in the form of a ‘mock exam’ rather than an actual exam. Memory work and homework will be required. Students will present their work to one another as well as to invited family and friends.
b) “Story Drama” – Wednesdays 5 to 5:55 p.m. Students will work on dramatizing a story and performing it as a short play. This process develops the imagination, language arts skills, the ability to create a character, as well as performance and presentation skills.
- March 2 to May 25, 2022, excluding March Break on March 16 (12 weeks)
- Fee: $300
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By now you have heard the very sad news about the closing of The Kingsway Conservatory of Music at the end of June 2021. This is indeed a great loss and a time of transition for many of us. I will continue to teach Speech Arts related group classes as well as private lessons via Zoom.
I’ll be taking a break from group classes during June. Starting in July, I’ll be offering a 6-week online storytelling group class called “Folktales, Myths and Legends” from July 7 to August 11, 2021.
Private instruction online will remain ongoing. In mid-September, I will begin online group classes again.
If you have any questions or if you need further information, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your participation and support of KCM’s programs especially during this challenging time due to Covid.
For SUMMER 2021; 6 week online course for ages 9 and up
July 7 to Aug 11, 2021, Wednesdays 5 to 6 p.m. via ZOOM
Students will enter into the wonderful world of stories from around the world. Storytelling is an ancient art form where the goal is to re-tell stories in your own words rather than memorize exact wording. Techniques will be introduced through improvisation and other drama games to help students find their unique voice and style as storytellers.
Course fee: $150 payable by e-transfer. Instructions for e-transfer will be sent upon receipt of a registration. Fees must be paid at time of registration in order to hold a place in the course. If you are unable to use e-transfer, please contact me.