EDR3310EN - Voice I: Vocal Skills, Range & Capacity

Course description

Using your voice effectively can play a fundamental role in the ability to have a positive impact in a community. Why train your voice? As it is with every aspect of yourselves, the gifts received by God are to be utilize for His glory and voice is no different. In this course, students learn the fundamentals of training the voice and becoming intentional about caring for and growing vocal abilities.

How this course benefits students

For students engaged in creative missional work, the voice often plays a significant role. Outside of the arts, in many other endeavors, voice is a part of who God created us to be, and it is a part of the work we've been given to do. Training the voice not only adds to artistic abilities but can also have an impact on growth as communicators. Students are challenged to train and care for their voice as a part of the undertaking of missional work.

Why this course is important

This course emphasizes the importance of vocal training for the actor and performer. Using simple ideas and exercises that can grow and transform vocal abilities, and as a result grow and transform missional life.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Prof. Ben Roberts, Professor of Theatrical Performance

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Throughout this course students are asked to work with and create unique biblically based vocal exercises. Not only do students work with biblical text, but the concept of biblical stewardship is at the heart of the training.

Missionally driven

How God created each of us is unique. This course is aimed at allowing each student to bring themselves and their own voice into the training to grow and strengthen what is already there. Throughout the course students are asked to continue to think about how their own abilities can play a role in the work God is doing in the world.

Contextually informed

Vocal work is valuable, not only within the world of performance, but beyond this in communities and everyday lives. Students are asked to consider their own situations and their own callings while building vocal skills.

Interculturally focused

As with all aspects of actor training, the concept of the ‘other’ is foundational. Students build on techniques from around the world and bring their own culture with them into the training.

Practically minded

The course is based upon both theory and practical work. Exercises that challenge the student to listen more carefully to their own vocal experience and to push themselves to grow are fundamental.

Experientially transformed

Based on their own goals, students are asked to combine the theory and the practical work of the course into presentations that exemplify their own journey.