Julia Pal

Speech Arts and Drama Instruction

Julia Pal

Julia has over 30 years of experience as a teacher and workshop leader. She has conducted classes in creative drama, improvisation, scene study and speech arts at the Royal Conservatory of Music(RCM) and the Kingsway Conservatory of Music. For the Toronto District School Board, she worked for several years teaching Drama at the high school level and directing school plays.

Her passion for the arts developed at an early age studying drama, visual art, dance and music. Diverse training and experience in elocution, scene study, storytelling, singing, improvisational comedy, mime technique, clown, and creative movement continue to inform her teaching.

Julia works with students of all ages and abilities including ESL and special needs students. She enjoys creating an environment that inspires laughter, thoughtful reflection, and cooperative learning where all students can be actively engaged and involved within the context of a structured program. Her goal is to provide activities for students to develop their creative and imaginative voices and make new discoveries about themselves and others. As a teacher she is dedicated to helping students build self-confidence, increase their expressive skills and develop strong techniques for oral presentation through speech arts and drama activities.

Private Lessons

  • via Zoom (contact Julia for more information)

Group Classes

Speech Arts & Drama online classes

Term 1 – starting September 22, 2021

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.

Each session culminates in a finale recital/open class.

Note: Term 1 will now be 20 weeks long instead of 16 weeks.

Classes will begin on Wednesday, September 22, 2021  and end on February 16, 2022. Registration for Term 2 will begin in January 2022.

  • Level 1 ( Gr. 4, 5 & 6) Wednesdays 5 to 5:55 p.m.
  • Level 2 ( Gr. 7 & 8 ) Wednesdays 4 to 4:55 p.m.
  • Fee: $500

Term 2 will begin March 2

Registration for TERM 2 classes will be in January 2022

  • March 2 to May 25, 2022, excluding March Break on March 16 (12 weeks)
  • Fee: $300 

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.

Lessons – Speech Arts & Drama

Students who enjoy a structured and goal-oriented program may choose to follow the syllabus curriculum and prepare for RCM examinations in Speech Arts & Drama at the appropriate grade level. Interested students are also encouraged to enter local festivals where they can perform prepared pieces and receive feedback as well as observe the work of other students.

Whether you require short term coaching or are interested in lessons over the longer term, feel free to contact Julia for more information and to discuss your goals and needs.