May 6, 2019

Accent Coaching

Transform your communication skills with Accent Coaching!

Your accent is one of the things that makes you who you are, it’s part of your identity. Sometimes you need to be identified in a different way for work or life.

Have you never wanted to change your accent? Be more easily understood when speaking? Say things only once rather than having to repeat them?

Then you need to keep reading

Working on your accent can be about gaining access to greater opportunities in work & life. Many of my clients have noticed huge improvements during our time working together, so much that their clients are noticing the difference!

1:1 coaching (in person or online) is always about you and your voice. There is no ‘one-size fits all’ approach, as it takes time for your body to understand how to speak in a different way. Because of this, learning an accent can take some months to perfect, it’s not an overnight thing. Although it can be hard work, it’s extremely fulfilling!

Is Accent Coaching For You?

Accent coaching is for you if you:

– Speak English fluently
– Have a non-native English speaking accent
– Work in English, but have difficulty being understood
– Have a non-native British Speaking accent you want to change
– Want to sound more English when you speak for any reason
– Have a native British accent you want to change

How Does Accent Coaching Work?
The most important thing is to become aware. If you don’t know you’re doing it, how can you change it?
Through a series of speaking and reading exercises, we work together to build a picture of what you are doing when you speak, what your habit are (both wanted and unwanted) when communication.

Vowels and Consonants
Spoken English has 26 vowel and 24 consonant sounds.
Some of these you will already know and use perfectly! However, you can’t learn all of the sounds you need to adjust in one go. We work in the best way for you, whether that’s learning style, speed or intensity.

Stress and Intonation
Also including tune (melody) are collectively known as prosody.
These factors are hugely important in changing your accent and sounding authentic.

Leon Trayman Voice Coach

About Leon

Leon has been teaching voice & singing lessons for more than ten years. Leon initially trained as a musician & is a proficient pianist, saxophonist, clarinetist as well as highly experienced vocalist.

He went on to train as an actor at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama & continues to work as an actor, musician, director & voice coach in professional theatre, TV, Film & Radio. His performance credits include: Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Malvolio & Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Sir Lucius O’Trigger in The Rivals (which he also directed), Eric de Vene in A Slice of Saturday Night (Edinburgh Festival) as well as innumerable corporate, e-learning & EfL recordings as a voiceover artist.

He has worked as a singing teacher at the world famous Brit SchoolMountview Academy of Theatre Arts & on the Musical Theatre degree course at Colchester Institute. He also lectures in voice at The University of Northampton and has been a visiting tutor at ArtsEdALRAWAC ArtsBristol Old Vic Theatre SchoolRose Bruford CollegeRoyal Central School of Speech and DramaInstitute of Arts (Barcelona)Drama Studio LondonAMTAGoldsmith’s College (University of London)University Centre Weston & many other vocational & university training programmes across the UK & Europe. Due to the diversity of Leon’s training & experience, he approaches his teaching & performance from musical, theatrical, directorial & technical voice perspectives. 

This is all underpinned by the Estill Model, which provides a physiological basis on which to build a reliable, effective, responsive & expert voice for all his clients, irrespective of age or previous experience. He is an Estill Master Trainer (formerly CMT) of Estill Voice & trained under Anne-Marie Speed of The Voice Explained.

Leon also holds a MFA in Voice Studies from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Contact me using the form below, or Book Now! to get started on your journey to a new accent!