American Speech Course
A 6 week intensive 2 times a week course for foreign-accented actors who need or want to sound American. Students will work on the General American accent.
*Participants will learn how to do, not just American sound changes, but speak with American musicality, an American rhythm and with the muscular mouth movements that Americans make.
Students are assigned homework exercises, which they should expect to do daily. Homework assignments also include learning and working on a dramatic monologue and scene. A general course plan is:
Weeks 1-2 Creating a Blank Canvas (reducing your own accent music and un-American speaking Rhythms), American Sound Practice, Applying It to Your monologue
Weeks 3-4 Solidifying American Rhythm and Learning the American Musicality/Pitch and Stress patterns, Continued Practice of American sounds, Applying It to your monologue and scene
Weeks 5-6 Solidifying American Rhythm, Musicality/Pitch and Stress patterns, Learning American Mouth Muscular Movements and Speech Placement, Solidifying American Sounds, Applying all Features to your monologue and scene.
With a maximum of ten students, you are guaranteed individual attention. Additionally, at the end of the course, you receive a customized daily/weekly practice regimen that will ensure significant change in your accent.
6 week Session
Monday and Wednesday
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Edgemar Center for the Arts
2437 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405