Professional Voice Acting Classes
Are you considering voice acting classes with a professional? Interested in a voice-over career? During voice-over lessons, you should learn to develop maximum control, range, and healthy habits with your voice. Our instructors are experienced in working with voice-over artists of many specialties – cartoons, audio-book narration, voicemails for doctor offices and other businesses, and educational videos.
Crucial Components of a Voice Acting Class
To improve your vocal control, our instructors will coach you on the following elements:
1) Release body tension to improve posture and breathing
Unnecessary tension causes strain in the voice, and prevents your voice from reaching it’s full range. Our coaches use the Alexander Technique to release stress in your body. Better posture supports overall voice health.
2) Find your vocal range
Your vocal range includes the high and low extremes of the voice. However, this also includes the range that is most comfortable, and the different registers of your voice. This will help you and your instructor select jobs and characters that are best for your voice (AKA your niche).
3) Learn Breath Support
The breathing techniques for voice-overs are very different from day-to-day life. Voice-over actors breathe into their belly and ribs, instead of expanding the chest. This type of breathing takes a lot of work to develop because the upper body stays relaxed, while the diaphragm controls air flow.
4)Optimize your diction for voice acting
The way you pronounce words and sounds changes for different roles. For example, in a comedy, “I can’t stop” could be sung as “ah can’t stahp.” If you’re shouting at a high pitch – as one does for a comedy script – an “ah” sound is easier to shout than the complex “aye” sound. Our trainers will teach you to modify your pronunciation for times like these.
5) Learn the Business of Voice Acting
Voice over jobs are equal parts acting, technique, and marketing. Our professional voice actors will help you with business basics like building a website, getting business cards, and setting up online profiles on career sites.
Our teachers will cover all these tips and tricks (and more) in our voice over lessons! Prefer to record and master your own demos? We offer Audio Production Lessons too!
Christian Emmanuelle Scott was born in Oakland, CA. After her family moved to Mississippi to homeschool her and her siblings, she completed her undergraduate degree in Music Education at Mississippi College. She subsequently completed her Masters of Music in Choral Conducting at Mississippi College during her first year of teaching at Provine High School in Jackson, MS.
As a graduate assistant, she toured the United States with the premier choral ensemble, The Mississippi College Singers, and was a featured soloist at ACDA. During a choral/service-learning trip to South Africa, she taught music and performed with The Singers. Most recently she was the Director of Choral Activities at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi.
Christian enjoys making music from all representative genres and helping her vocal/piano students embrace their love of music.
Denise Brown, mezzo soprano, has been teaching private voice and piano for 10 years. Denise completed her Master of Music in Pedagogy and Performance at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is currently a certified EC-12 music instructor.
Known for her large vocal range, Denise has been praised for her work with beginning male and female voices of all ages (child to senior), as she is able to model in their own octaves, helping to bring their true voices forward. Her favorite student is anyone who wants to sing, and has worked with many “tone deaf” beginners, who all have learned to sing in tune and give their first performances within several months.
Denise has experience with helping students with diagnosed vocal faults, and helping bringing, tired, stressed voices back into vocal health. Her piano students learn to be functional musicians and bold sight readers, whether their goal is to move on to classical works, or just learn to play along with their favorite pop song. Her students are also active in the musical theater community and on the classical stage.
Denise Brown performs regularly with the Opera San Antonio chorus, in solo recital, and is music director for her local Episcopal church. Denise Brown is a current member of Texas Music Educators Association and the National Association for Teachers of Singing. She is currently and adjunct college instructor with Alamo Community College District in San Antonio, Tx.