Neutral American Accents – Level Two
January 6th – February 17th
Mondays, 4pm – 5:30pm
Are you wanting to continue study of the Neutral American accent? Whether you are from another country or you are an actor wanting to increase your versatility, this class is for you! (Pre-req is Neutral American – Level One or it’s equivalent)
In level one we quickly covered all elements of the Neutral American accent, including the variations for different regions of the U.S. and socio-economic levels. We discussed, briefly, how to bring in a light or strong version of the accent and how to make sound choices appropriate for the character or real life situation.
In level two we continue with more patterns of pronunciation (sound changes/lexical realizations), go into more discussion of how to lighten an accent, more practice time, and a chance to put those skills to the test with a presentation!
This class illuminates patterns of American accents in a way that is free of judgement and full of specific technique and playful inquiry!
You will receive homework each week to progress on your journey towards a Neutral American sound. So, whether you are looking for other Americans to be able to understand you more clearly, increase your chances at job promotion, be able to take on a variety of character roles for stage or screen, or just feel more confident in your speech – this continuing course will give you more tools you can begin to immediately apply.
**Though seven weeks may sound like a long time, in reality it will be a very thorough next step towards mastering a Neutral American accent. Expect to come away with a lot of information, and practice, to continue your journey through your own exploration or through further study with a teacher. It is a level two course. It will challenge you and, hopefully, allow you moments to begin to feel very proud of your ability to achieve a more Neutral American accent.
Class size is kept very small. Register early to guarantee a spot.
Early Bird Rate – $210 (7 classes – $30/class) By December 30th
Regular Rate – $245 (7 classes – $35/class) After December 30th
Student/Low Income 20% off with code STUDENT20
Melissa Grogan is a Vocal Expert with 18 years teaching experience. She is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, has studied Knight-Thompson Speechwork, Presence with Patsy Rodenburg, and Body-Mind Centering at the Body-Mind Centering Institute and with Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen. She is currently pursuing a certificate as a Somatic Movement Educator, and has certifications as a yoga teacher and pranic healing practitioner. She has worked in film and TV, most notably as the Dialect Coach for the AMC series The Son, starring Pierce Brosnan. Clients have included yogis, Somatic Therapists, actors such as Kyle Chandler (Wolf of Wallstreet, Super 8), Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco (MSNBC), Craig Nigh (Breaking Bad), Yoga and Voice teachers, and people looking to express their True Self.