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Voice Training for Radio and Television

12 classes | 1.5 hours per class

Would you like to improve the way you speak? 

Voice Training for Radio and Television will give you the tools and techniques to work in broadcasting and use your voice to communicate successfully in the media.

If you’re thinking about working as a broadcaster in radio, television and online - news, current affairs, entertainment and podcasts this course will give you more confidence and take you to the next level. With better breathing, stronger voice support and broadcasting insight, it will give you the edge on how to best use your voice in a professional media context.

Presenter

Shane Fitzgerald is a professional voice trainer to broadcasters and students. From 2005 she’s been the Sydney based voice coach at ABC News/Current Affairs. Shane has taught in various institutions, and worked as a broadcaster, performer and performance coach for over 20 years.

Enrolment

Dates:

Both courses have two classes of 90 minutes each.

Register your interest for our next course: acij@uts.edu.au

Fees:

  • $1,050 full fee
  • $945
  • $840 concession (students and low income)
  • $735 UTS staff and students.

Limited to: 14 participants

Course Location: UTS Broadway, CB10.05.580 (map)
Building 10, Level 5, Room 580, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo

To discuss this course or for more information please contact acij@uts.edu.au or call +61 2 9514 2488.

Course outline

Week 1: Individual assessment

  • This is a 10-minute individual assessment. Your time will be allocated then you can go.

Week 2: What is a good broadcasting voice?

  • Relaxation and posture
  • Breathing — the key to good vocal production
  • breathing and the resonance of your voice
  • How to breathe
  • Controlling the airflow
  • When to breathe
  • Noisy breathing

Week 3: Resonance and pitch

  • Characteristics of resonance
  • Anatomy of resonance
  • Resonance warm-ups
  • Pitch
  • What is optimum pitch
  • Women’s voices — authority and depth
  • Tuning your voice

Week 4: Articulation — forming and shaping the sound

  • Articulation anatomy
  • Flexibility
  • Articulation warm-ups

Week 5: Sounding conversational

  • Who are you talking to?
  • How to make a script come alive - the difference between reading and talking
  • Intelligent reading
  • Authority
  • Emotion and empathy

Week 6: Stress

  • Over emphasizing
  • End-word stress
  • The Five P’s: Punch, pitch, pace, pause and power
  • What not to stress — prepositions

Week 7: Int​onation

  • Intonation
  • Emphasis and inflexion
  • Marking scripts for intonation
  • Sing-song voice pattern
  • Emotional tone
  • How to break a pattern

Week 8: Pieces to camera (monitor)

  • Authority
  • Body Language

Week 9: Style (camera)

  • The news voice
  • Bulletin reading
  • Weather and traffic
  • Sports broadcasting
  • Television voices

Week 10: Studio techniques

  • Television voice overs

Week 11: Camera

  • Discussion, question and answer session

Testimonials

“It improved my confidence and pronunciation. Shane is an excelent presenter. Lecturer and other attendees were very encouraging.” F. Etty (June 2012)

“I found the course informative and loved the way Shane tailored it to our specific needs. This, with direct feedback, allowed us to develop our voices extremely well.” A. Mertin (June 2012)

“This course has helped me realise the potential for my voice to be broadcast quality. I have learnt valuable skills and have had all my queries answered. Shane is a fantastic teacher who made the course individualised and meaningful.” H. Sinclair (June 2012)

“Thank you Shane for teaching this great couse. I’ve learnt a lot throughout throughout the months and have become more aware of how my voice sounds. I really found all the handouts useful.” S. Cheong (June 2012)

“Shane was a lively, fantastic presenter who is incredibily knowledgeable about the journalism industry. She knows what it takes to cut it in the real world.” K. Ranby (June 2012)

“I really liked the one-on-one coaching when we had to read scripts. Shane was very encouraging and she’s very wise!” - Rochelle Widdowson, Journalism Student (2010)

“Shane is very friendly and always has advice for every problem - and that advice always works!” - Katherine Buskariol, UTS Law and Journalism Student (2010)

“Shane showed that she knew her subject by leading by example. She also demonstrated effective teaching methods in the wy the course was structured and delivered. Highly recommended for anyone wishing to improve heir on-air presentation skills.” Steven De Vroom,Owner, Amazing Faces PTY LTD

“I particularly like the way Shane explains things. She makes the course fun and explains in a practical, easy to understand way. It is a great course. She is very good at getting people to come out of their shell. Belinda Merhab, Journalist, AAP

“I felt like I was in the hands of a professional voice coach. It teaches you to have control and awareness of your voice. “ Alexandra Blucher, Communications Student

“I really enjoyed the coaching that Shane gave us, and the opportunities to present scripts in class. The warm-up exercises were also really fun!” Alice Downey, ABC Newsradio

“Constant support and feedback from Shane and even the rest of the participants.” Sara Saleh, Broadcast co-presenter

“It was extremely practical and we were provided with a range of exercises that we could work on in our own time to improve our voice” Laura Parr (November 2012)

“I thoroughly enjoyed these classes and how they built up our voice skills week by week. I’ve learnt practical skills to improve my presenting - I’ve already had comments about how I’ve improved and know the areas I need to continue to work on.” Jessica Minshall (November 2012)

“I particularly liked the practical nature of this course. The skills taught in the classes are very relavent to what is expected in the industry.” Christina Zhau (November 2012)