Shakespeare and Singing

October 20 2012 to December 15 2012

ANNOUNCING: Two 8-Week Courses for Actors, Singers, Dancers


Explore the connective links between music and verse, movement and voice, shape and character!

Saturdays 11 - 1, Pearl Studios, 500 8th Avenue, NYC

Level I: October 20 - December 15 (no class Thanksgiving week)

Wednesdays 3:30 - 5:30 PM

Level II: January 9 - February 27


JOAN MELTON, PhD, ADVS, author of One Voice: Integrating Singing and Theatre Voice Techniques, with Kenneth Tom, PhD, and of Singing in Musical Theatre: The Training of Singers and Actors

Each participant will prepare a Shakespeare monologue or scene and a song or aria. 

Level I introduces (or reviews, depending upon the needs of the group): scansion, music reading, and use of the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), in a movement-based approach to vocal production, singing, and text work.

The final class in Level II will include performances for an invited audience.

To register for Level I, please contact and attach a current resume. 

Successful completion of Level I or permission of the Instructor is required for entry into Level II.

For questions and/or additional information, please contact

Tuition for each 8-week course $250, payable by cash or check. Online payment for Level I available after October 8 at No tuition refund after October 13.


Tuition for each 8-week course: $250, payable by cash, check, or online via Google Checkout at after October 8.

Joan Melton is a pioneer in the integration of singing techniques and voice/movement training for the actor. The author of two major textbooks, she has taught at leading centers of theatre and music in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia and NZ, and has worked as a performer, music director, and/or voice and text coach on productions in virtually all media. She is an Associate Artist with New York Classical Theatre, a Master Teacher of Ftizmaurice Voicework(R), and heads groundbreaking research projects in the US and Australia.

Course participants should wear clothing that allows them to move easily, e.g., workout attire, and have available at least two copies of texts and sheet music.