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This is a unique, hands-on program to master the neutral American accent. It is designed especially for actors who are not native American English speakers. Thoroughly covering all sounds and aspects of the accent, the program allows the actor to learn the accent while simultaneously getting comfortable acting in the accent through weekly monologue performances. The goal is to make this way of speaking as natural and believable in the performances as possible. 

The first module revolves around creating awareness in the tongue, jaw, and lips, memorizing the sensations and placements of the sounds in order to prepare for change. Students are taught exercises to practice daily. 

The next seven modules work through different important consonant, vowel, and diphthong sound substitutions, first understanding them from the physical shape in the mouth, then from the feeling of this placement, and last by imitating a native speaker. Students will be equipped with exercises and monologues to master these sounds outside of class. 

The ninth and tenth modules teach simple strategies for word stress and intonation. Students are encouraged to apply these strategies in assigned homework. After that, students smooth over their new techniques with a more Americanized “flow” sound in the eleventh module.

In the final module, the coach will help strengthen each student’s weakest area, focusing on it in the final monologue. This monologue, like all the rest, will be self-taped outside of class and may be used to send to faculty members, coaches, and agents. 

The program
consists of 
12 MODULES

Each Module has 4 live Video Conferences led by Professors of the Academy.

 
Class duration: 1 Hr.

Tuition per Module

$80 U.S. Dollars


 Time and day book directly through the Academy.
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Warm-ups

-Stretch the lips, tongue
-Loosen the jaw, lips, and tongue
-Strengthen the tongue
-Make the shape of the “American accent mouth”
-Learn the “American thinking sound”
-Practice tongue twisters
Homework: Practice these exercises daily in the mirror

Consonants: g, d, b, n, t

-Learn the placement of several important American consonants
-Feel the differences between native and American accent
-Try these sounds in common words
-Apply these slowly to a monologue or scene
Homework: Practice the exercises daily; record the assigned

monologue/scene with the correct consonant placements

Vowels: the difference between son and song

-Learn the shape and feeling of Ah (ɑ) and Uh (ʌ/ə) sounds
-Practice common words that have these sounds
-Try out the sounds in sentences
-Apply them to a monologue or scene
Homework: Practice word lists and sentences daily;

record the assigned monologue/ scene

with the focus on the Ah (ɑ) and Uh (ʌ/ə) sounds

Vowels: the difference between song, sun, sand, and send

-Learn the shape and feeling of Eh (ɛ) and Ae (æ) sounds
-Compare them to the previously learned vowels
-Practice common words that have these sounds
-Try out the sounds in sentences
-Apply them to a monologue or scene
Homework: Practice word lists and sentences daily;

record the assigned monologue/scene

with the a focus on the Eh (ɛ) and Ae (æ) sounds

Vowels: the difference between pick and peek?

-Learn the shape and feeling of Ih (ɪ) and Ee (i) sounds
-Compare them to the previously learned vowels
-Complete the “Vowel Ladder” exercise
-Practice common words that have these sounds
-Try out the sounds in sentences
-Apply them to a monologue or scene
Homework: Practice word lists and sentences daily;

record the assigned monologue/scene

with the a focus on the Ih (ɪ) and Ee (i) sounds

Vowels: the difference between luck, look and Luke?

-Learn the shape and feeling of oo (u) and ʊ sounds

-Compare them to the Uh (ʌ) sound

-Practice common words that have these three sounds

-Try out the sounds in sentences

-Apply them to a monologue or scene

Homework: Practice word lists and sentences daily;

record the assigned monologue/scene

with the a focus on the oo (u) and ʊ sounds

Diphthongs

-Learn the shape and feeling of ou (oʊ)
-Learn the shape and feeling of ei (eɪ)
-Learn the shape and feeling of ai (aɪ)
-Learn the shape and feeling of oi (ɔɪ)
-Practice common words that have these three sounds
-Try out the sounds in sentences
-Apply these to a monologue or scene
Homework: Practice word lists and sentences daily;

record the assigned monologue/scene

with the a focus on the diphthong sounds

R Diphthongs

-Learn the shape and feeling of er (ɜr)

-Learn the shape and feeling of air (ɛr)

-Learn the shape and feeling of are (ɑr)

-Learn the shape and feeling of or (ɔr)

-Learn the shape and feeling of ear (ɪr)

-Practice common words that have these three sounds

-Try out the sounds in sentences

-Apply these to a monologue or scene

Homework: Practice word lists and sentences daily;

record the assigned monologue/scene

with the a focus on the diphthong sounds

Musicality Patterns

-Learn 6 basic patterns for different American intonation

-Imitate these patterns after native speaker

-Apply these to a monologue or scene

Homework: Watch youtube video with imitation exercises;

record your imitations

Compound Nouns and Adjectives

-What do I stress and why?

-Discuss how word stress and patterns work together

-Practice correct word stresses in words and sentences

-Imitate native speaker

-Apply these to a monologue or scene

Homework: Watch youtube video with imitation exercises;

record your imitations

Smooth Vowels and Weak Consonants

-Understand the “flow” of the American accent

-Stretching vowel sounds

-“Push” through to the end of the sentence

-Practice words and sentences

-Imitate native speaker

-Apply this to a monologue or scene

Homework: Watch youtube video with imitation exercises;

record a monologue “pushing through the flow”

Final Performance

-Work with your coach to perfect the most difficult area for you

-Imitate native speaker and get corrections

-Put all of the sounds and techniques together

in a monologue performance

-Hear the difference between your native accent,

the English-speaking accent you started with, and the final result

-Your "American accent" you began with is compared to your final one

Homework: Record your final monologue with all sounds

and techniques applied