Speech & Drama Classes
The following areas are covered in speech and drama classes at the Garvey School. Classes are divided by age-group, and by grade, as most groups are working towards their Board Examinations with the Irish Board of Speech & Drama and the London College of Music & Dramatic Arts. Private individual classes may also be arranged – particularly for those working towards their Diploma.
- Tuition in Speech Training
- Verse Speaking
- Choral Verse
- Public Speaking
- Audition Preparation
- Dissertation Delivery Coaching.
Classes are offered for approved examinations from age 6 to Adults.
Do Speech and Drama Classes include Speech Training?
The answer is yes. Speech and Drama classes differ to standard acting classes in that they take a holistic approach to performance and public speaking. One speech and drama teacher will vary to the next, of course, but generally it is a rule of thumb that speech and drama focuses on articulation and expression – perhaps a better way of describing what was once called ‘elocution’.
In the modern day, when you hear the word ‘elocution’, you might think of Eliza Doolittle struggling to say ‘the rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain’. But that stereotype is a little misleading. Elocution is a part of speech training, which helps individuals—some with speech impediments—to overcome their difficulties with enunciation, expression and public speaking. But not all speech and drama classes focus on speech training.
What might you expect from a speech and drama class? There is one key differentiator of speech and drama classes: whether they are individual, private lessons or group drama classes. Private drama classes will often focus on speech training, as mentioned above: on the development of public speaking skills, enunciation, expressiveness and the reading aloud of literary works. This can be useful not only to improve confidence and articulation, but also to develop life skills, which can be used in personal and professional environments. You would be surprised at how often you find yourself having to give a public talk, lecture or speech throughout your life. In fact, the first instances of this are often in the classroom as 6-year-olds, when we are asked to read passages of our workbooks aloud. This can either hinder or enhance an individual’s confidence when reading or speaking in public, and it often pays to be trained in this area.
For the latter type of speech and drama classes—group drama classes—there may be less of an emphasis on speech training, and more focus on acting, characterization and expressiveness; both individually, in the performance of poems and monologues, and as a group, in the playing out of duologues or scenes from play texts. Classes are often grouped by age bracket or school class or grade, for younger groups. Alternatively, if the speech and drama teacher is a board certified teacher, Speech and Drama Grade Examinations may be offered, where pupils will work towards annual examinations which they will sit under various Boards of Speech and Drama or Acting; depending on the country. This can be an excellent motivator for drama students, and it can add structure and purpose to the classes. Look out for a speech and drama teacher with significant qualifications and experience, who offers grade certification training.
“A wonderful teacher. Ailbhe can help a student bring life to even the most distant character, encouraging them to bring a little of themselves to the piece in the process.
She works extremely hard for her students and I received extremely high marks, two medals from the Irish Board of Speech and Drama, and two Festival trophies under her guidance. If you wish your child to have the confidence to perform in public, speak with perfect diction and learn valuable skills, such as the ability to speak confidently and persuasively, I would highly recommend Ailbhe Garvey and the Garvey School of Speech and Drama.”
— Laura Hurley
“I started Speech and Drama with Ailbhe when my family and I had just moved home from the US, as a very shy child. It was such an amazing learning experience, acting with others my age, practicing accents for each monologue, learning the technicalities of poetry, managing the nerves before each grade exam or festival performance, figuring out each character’s personality. I became a better reader, too. The classes were incredible for confidence building. The skills that are learned in the classes go way beyond the stage and into real life – from public speaking to interviews and day to day interactions with others. These past few years, although challenging at times, have truly given me a sense of self, a respect for hard work, and a passion for theatre.”
— Eliza Brett