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Voice Training: Specific Heat Capacity
Course Description:

Specific Heat Capacity is a workshop which allows you to deconstruct your voice to its component parts in order to understand it and develop greater control over how to exploit its greatest potential. A physical and practical course, participants should expect to explore and experiment with their voice.

If you were to stand in any maternity ward in the world and listen to the cacophony of infant voices around you, you would have almost no idea of their gender or where in the world you were. Each of us is born with a natural voice that, over time, is shaped by the habits formed by copying the world around us. Some of our voice is governed by biology, but an enormous amount is influenced by circumstance. Distinguishing between the two is key to learning how to control and exploit the potential of your voice.

Specific Heat Capacity is a three-hour voice workshop based on theatrical as well as practical experience, and aimed towards anyone wishing to develop their vocal ability. Divided into three equal parts, the workshop first explores and examines the voice itself from intention to comprehension, and gives participants the chance to form an objective opinion about their voice; something we all too frequently shy away from.

The second part is a purely practical vocal warm up drawn from many years of theatrical practise. Participants should be under no illusion that this course, if it is to be useful, cannot remain purely theoretical. It includes elements like physical relaxation, breathing, a detailed exploration of the simple hum, the identification of body parts responsible for vocal projection and a celebration of what voices can do. All of these are undertaken in a whole group setting with no one being required to work individually.

The final section aims to equip participants with a tool with which they can develop vocal control and tonal nuance. Based on the work of the late Yat Malmgren, Movement Psychology for Voice is a toolbox for performers that harnesses the connection between an inner sensation and an outer manifestation, and can be used by anyone prepared to really roll their sleeves up and get stuck in.

Of all the body’s tools for expression, the voice is the one that works perfectly at birth and slowly becomes hampered by habits, toxins and often our own thoughts. Specific Heat Capacity aims to equip participants with a framework and methodology that helps them set out on a journey back towards the time when their voice worked tirelessly, effortless and freely.

This session will cover:

  • Fundamentals of voice production and projection
  • Physical Exercises to enhance vocal control
  • Movement Psychology in Voice

  • Better prepare and use your voice to greater effect
  • Understand what is required for vocal development
  • Be in a position to approach public speaking with greater confidence
Intended Audience:
UCL Research Staff and Postgraduate Research Students
Target Audience: UCL Research Staff and PG Research students only
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Further Information:
17/10/2023 - 17/10/2023  (Enrol between 06/09/2023 and 09/10/2023) Enrol

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