Accent Alchemy Academy
The AAA ("Triple-A") is a 6-week online program providing a skills-based approach to accent and dialect training for voice-over artists, narrators, and actors.
The lessons emphasize the development of the student’s awareness of—and close encounters with—speech.
My pedagogy is that—along with light-hearted, experiential exercises—thorough research of the physical actions of which speech is composed will guarantee a holistic learning experience while also avoiding being dragged down the rabbit hole of academic dogma.
Playful and exploratory exercises are designed to encourage students to acquire and activate new skills while nurturing an introspective curiosity about their own speech and that of others.
By approaching characteristic speech sounds with regard to the word-category structure (lexical set) of the accent, the extent to which these sounds can vary, and the correlation of these to the vocal tract posture of the speaker, students may craft an authentic accent that can then more confidently be embedded into a character's voice.
Traditional speech-training strategies have concentrated on teaching students a range of Standard accents and dialects—such as General American and RP—still (incorrectly) believed by many to be superior to other varieties.
This outdated prescriptive model is essentially restrictive to the student, not to mention linguistically and academically unsound.
In contrast, AAA seeks to enlighten the student to the realization that all dialects and their associated accents are equally valid systems in their own right, regardless of the subjective reputations and prejudicial stereotypes perpetually pinned to accents and dialects.
A deeper understanding of the various interwoven layers of speech systems and the ability to apply it, along with an intimate and practical knowledge of the vocal apparatus, is a sure route to the acquisition and embodiment of any accent and a clear path to career success.
The program runs 2 six-week modules at any one time, each comprising 6 tutorials with a group coaching session / Q&A every week. 1-on-1 coaching is available as an extra on request.
For more information and to see if you are eligible to apply for a spot in AAA, book a call with Mark.