International Phonetic Alphabet
Personal Audio Recordings
Accent Reduction classes in NYC are now available both in-person and online for actors and non-actors* anywhere in the world. Accent Reduction is great for non-native English speakers or those who want to minimize a regional American accent. This personalized training helps the speaker become a more understandable, accessible, and versatile actor who can confidently communicate on stage, on set, and in real life. Maximize your communication skills in these fun, engaging classes taught by award-winning instructor Page Clements.
In these classes, you will explore patterns of stress and intonation that will help you transition from your natural dialect to a neutral American sound. You will be encouraged to record your individual work in class to playback and practice the work outside of class. These classes utilize the book Speak with Distinction by Edith Skinner, and introduce students to The International Phonetic Alphabet, a system created to communicate sounds in writing. Under the guidance of the instructor, participants will use this system to correctly place the sounds of American English pronunciation in their voices.
Accent Reduction is for you if...
You are a non-native English speaker who wants to communicate more effectively
You think you've got an American accent down but people are telling you otherwise.
Your thick regional accent is stopping you from booking the roles you want
After this course, you will…
Start to sound like a native English speaker
Have a better understanding of your personal articulation weaknesses and a strategy for handling them
Feel more comfortable when a Casting Director asks you to perform in an American accent
Accent Reduction Level I
For actors or public speaking individuals wanting to learn and/or improve their communication skills, using a region-free American accent. A "general" American accent is intended to help communicate English ideas naturally and clearly, with the most widely accepted sounds and without judgment of accent. Using International Phonetic Alphabet as a guide to strengthening the ear, this beginning course introduces the basic concepts of proper oral placement of all vowels, Diphthongs, and Consonants.
In-Studio classes require proof of full vaccination before enrolling.
Students due for a booster shot but unable to get one are encouraged to take a Covid test before attending class. We will continue to revisit these policies to ensure they are still appropriate for the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Masks are currently required at all times,
except while working until testing and boosters become more readily available.
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Accent Reduction Level II
A natural follow-up to Level I. Reviewing all sounds plus covering the use of vocal dynamics, including tempo, pacing, and inflection. Introducing the concept of weak and strong vowels, as well as the use of stressing and phrasing sentences, and fluidity of delivery. Varied texts are used to help each student gain confidence in using English with an American sound. Furthermore, the course helps to reduce fear and/or self-consciousness in being expressive.
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Accent Reduction Levels I & II
Instructor: Page Clements
Ready to apply?
- These are open level classes and no interview or audition are required. You can apply online.
- If you have new to Accent Reduction with Page, Level I is right for you. If you've previously completed Level I, you may apply to Level II.
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- Questions? Leave us a message at 212-741-0209 or send us an email at studio@TSchreiber.org
Page Clements served as an Associate Professor of Voice and Speech at AADA for 10 years and was one of the original members of The Metropolitan Playhouse of New York. One of Page’s fortes is creating & reducing regional and foreign dialects. Her work infuses styles of Patsy Rodenburg (with whom she studied), Kristin Linklater, and her own.