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Professional Voice Practice PgDip

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Full time | City Centre | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Acting Business Communication Skills

Course type


Course Summary


Realise your potential as a creative practitioner and train to be a professional voice coach at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. You will gain highly specialised knowledge in a range of professional contexts and develop advanced expertise as a voice coach, teacher or performer.

Through reading, discussion, reflective writing and practising as a coach or teacher, you will relate theory and practice and learn the ways of thinking and working of a professional voice practitioner. Through full engagement with the opportunities the course provides, you will be prepared for work as a voice practitioner in private practice, in Further or Higher Education, in business, in theatre, performing arts and media.

What's covered in the course?

The starting point is work on yourself: i.e. your voice and its source in your body and breath. It is the experiential understanding of this process and listening to your colleagues on the course that informs your own pedagogy. At Royal Birmingham Conservatoire we advocate a physiological and imaginative approach to voice work that develops the 'practical, intellectual, physical and emotional skills of students in an atmosphere that is enabling, supportive and empowering'*.

Through core learning based on how the voice works, your imagination will fuel the development of your personal artistry and development. If you aspire to learn in-depth, specialist knowledge in professional voice practice, then this programme will not only teach you the skills, but broaden your vital industry connections.

The foundation of the course is rooted in the principles and practices of healthy vocal use. Exploring topics such as vocal function and dysfunction, phonetics and accent analysis, you will build an in-depth awareness of professional voice practice.


This module informs and underpins the practical work of the modules Practical Voice, Voice and Text and Singing. The Anatomy and Physiology lectures in the early weeks of the course are designed to inform the student?s understanding of healthy vocal use and of the physical/vocal conditions that need to be in place for the voice to function which is the focus of the practical work throughout the year. Practical Phonetics provides a theoretical underpinning for the work with language of the Voice and Text module and also introduces another important area of work for the voice practitioner which deals with the accents and dialects of spoken English. Practical Phonetics will provide the student with the tools of research, analysis and practice necessary in order to acquire other accents and will provide them with strategies useful for the teaching of accent and dialect work.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

You should normally possess a first degree, performance diploma or equivalent qualification. You will also be considered if you do not meet the above entry requirements, but possess an appropriate level of performance skills and professional experience.