• Erica Tobolski
  • Associate Professor,
    Theatre and Dance

  • Details

  • Tuesday,
  • September 16
  • September 23
  • September 30
  • October 21
  • November 18
  • 2:50pm - 4:05pm
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Room 108
  • (1400 Wheat St., between Sumter St. and Pickens St. across from Blatt – Map)

This event is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence.


Like an actor on stage, an instructor with a strong, dynamic voice in the classroom communicates information in an engaging way that inspires students. "Achieving Vocal Presence" meets throughout the semester and introduces participants to techniques they can use to enhance the use of their voices in the classroom.

This short course is structured to include group learning sessions, an observation/evaluation visit to a classroom lecture and a one-on-one, individual voice consultation. Practical exercises will focus on breath support, vocal projection/energy and vocal dynamics. The goal is to speak clearly with ease and to increase vocal variety with intonation and delivery.

CTE is offering this course, valued at $500, free of charge to USC faculty. Upon successful completion of the course, each participant will receive a Certificate of Completion, Letter of Commendation and Everyday Voice Care: The Lifestyle Guide for Singers and Talkers, a book by respected voice therapist Joanna Cazden, which brings together a wealth of practical tips and advice to help keep your voices in top working order.


I do a lot of online classes where I record lectures and create videos. I wasn't satisfied with the pace, volume and variation in my recorded narration. Students complained of monotone lectures. After four lessons with Erica, I'm much improved and I'm more confident. Thanks to Erica, my recently recorded work is noticeably better. – Michael Byrd, Arnold School of Public Health.

This was a great course! I learned a lot about my breathing and muscle control when I speak. This not only helps with volume, but with the clarity of my speech. I find that when I effectively use the skills I learned, I can capture the attention of the students and direct the focus in a lecture, even with a large class.
– Dr. Sarah Baxter, Professor, School of Engineering, University of St. Thomas; former Professor of Engineering, USC

About the Facilitator

Erica Tobolski is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina, teaching voice, speech, dialects and acting. She has professionally coached voice/text/dialects for the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Clarence Brown Theatre, Charlotte Repertory Theatre, Purdue University, the film The Wise Kids, and was dialect consultant for productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and for the radio play Merry Go Round on NPR. Her work is published in The Complete Voice and Speech Workout, in addition to several articles in the leading journal The Voice and Speech Review. She maintains a private practice in voice consultation, is a Lessac Certified Trainer and regularly performs on stage and in voice-overs. She is currently an Associate Editor for the website the International Dialects of English Archive.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Short Course Full

This session of "Achieving Vocal Presence" is full. There is a workshop, "Improving Vocal Presence in the Classroom," covering many of the concepts presented in this short course being held September 17th that you may consider attending. Click Here to register for the workshop.