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b. Teachers of Literature and English

Courses: 1. Study of literature by contact with the author in practical rendering and by collateral reading courses rather than by comparison and analysis. 2. Relation of Literature to Vocal Expression. 3. Rhetoric, grammar and English necessary to meet the needs of students. 4. Vocal Interpretation of Literature. (Textbook) “Imagination and Dramatic Instinct."

Teachers acquire not merely a knowledge of the language and data regarding writers, but creative and literary instinct. c. Teachers of Public Schools

Training of the voice to secure ease, health and effectiveness. Development of the pleasanter qualities of voice. Studies of human nature. Naturalness in reading and expression. Articulation. Function of vocal expression in education.

Courses: 1. Voice;— Harmonic Gymnastics;- Vocal Expression. 2. Studies of Human Nature (Dramatic). 3. Courses for naturalness in conversation, speaking and reading. 4. Methods of teaching reading adapted to grade work. 5. Programs of exercises and practical problems for Voice, Body and Mind, adapted to the needs of primary, grammar and high school grades.

d. Teachers of Physical Gymnastics

Eliza Josephine Harwood, Instructor. (See Special Organic Training Circular and March number of “Expression.”).

A Special Teachers' Course in the (a) Theory and Practice of Gymnastics, embracing Lectures upon General and Special Kinesiology, thereby enabling students to become familiar with the principles which underlie all Organic Training; (b) Methods of Teaching, Supervising, and Organizing; (c) A comparative study of Other Systems; (d) Corrective Exercises for general use in the schoolroom; (e) Games and Plays; (f) Educational Dancing, both principles and practice. Special Gymnastic certificate in connection with a diploma.

Elective Courses: (a) Fencing; (b) Dancing, both social and educational.


PUBLIC READERS "The Art of the Platform,” including Public Reading, Impersonations, and all forms of Vocal Interpretation of Life and Literature, demands a broader culture than Dramatic Stage Art, because it depends not upon scenery or stage accessories for effect, but upon that control of self which produces suggestive modulations of Voice and Body, and skill in accentuating all the expressive values of language. The transitions of character and of passion, the delicate and varied intimations of the creative imagination, call for the finest technical skill.

The reader or lecturer occupies the center of attention and must be able to awaken and sustain interest by the simplest means. (Natural languages of Voice and Body.)

Courses: 1. Public Reading as a Fine Art. 2. Vocal Interpretation of Literature. 3. Story-telling in all its forms, from simple after-dinner stories to Dramatic and Epic Narration. 4. The Monologue. 5. Life or Vaudeville Sketches. 6. Impersonation or the Platform Interpretation of the Drama.

Formal and informal recitals, affording practical platform experience with audiences, are given semi-weekly throughout the year, and students are also encouraged to conduct entertainments in and around Boston. Commencement recitals during April and May.

Students with marked ability for the platform may take this special course in two years. (See Terms, p. 40.)

DRAMATIC ARTISTS The dramatic training of the School is systematic and radical. The dramatic instinct is awakened, the imagination quickened, and the personality of the student through technique is unfolded. Modes of pantomimic action, the command of voice modulations, and the ability to enlarge and extend these at will, are so developed as to render the lines with intelligence and passion and to develop power in characterization.

Dramatic rehearsals (burlesque, farce, melodrama, comedy, and tragedy). Courses are given in dramatic action, characterzation and the principles of stage business throughout the year with and without costumes.

Courses: 1. Dramatic Thinking. 2. Dramatic Rehearsal. 3. Stage Business. 4. Forms of the Drama. 5. Situation, Dialogue and Character. Characterization. 6. Shakespeare, Old Comedies. 7. Modern Drama. 8. Poetic Drama. 9. Life and Vaudeville Studies. 10. Stage Art. 11. Dramatic Action, Illusion, Art and Nature. 12. Dramatic Construction.

Candidates for the Dramatic Diploma are required to include the Special Summer Dramatic Term in their regular course. (See March number of “Expression.”)

V. WRITERS Courses in the School of Expression have been the means of unfolding the creative energies and of developing individuality in the style of able writers. Dramatic courses are as helpful to writers of plays as to actors. Style in writing is developed by systematic and progressive stimuli. Laws of writing are deduced from a study of the universal principles of conversation and art and are applied to the writing of themes.

Results in Written English are secured as are results in Oral English,— by stimulating the faculties and testing the adequacy and correctness of form. Expression proceeds from within outward.

1. English Literary creation. The writing of stories, poems, and essays. The expression of thought, feeling, and imagination through words.

2. Style. Written and spoken style contrasted. The spirit and individual peculiarities of authors; general qualities of style; laws of expression as applied to words.



In addition to the preceding courses prescribed for graduation with varying diplomas, special work in class and with individuals is arranged for those who have peculiar difficulties, or are hindered from taking diploma courses. Work in any subject is given when needed, to suit, as far as possible, the convenience of students. Many persons now filling high positions were thus started in their preparation by the School.


Preparatory Courses, to make up deficiencies, either for Advanced Standing or for regular requirements:

a. All summer work counts toward regular diploma courses. (See March number of "Expression.”')

b. Special September Preparatory Term opens the first Tuesday in September. (See March number of "Expression.")

c. Four hours on Saturday for students and teachers occupied during the week.

d. Special evening courses. (See Evening Circular.)

II. CLINIC FOR DEFECTIVE SPEECH For years the School of Expression has been correcting defective speech by the methods of the School, with excellent results. We are glad to announce a Clinic in the school, with the following Consulting Physicians: Edward B. Lane, M.D., 419 Boylston Street, Boston; Isador H. Coriat, M.D., 416 Marlborough Street, Boston, Eliza Taylor Ransom, M.D., 197 Bay State Road, Boston, and Clara E. Gary, M.D., 416 Marlborough Street, Boston.

Cases requiring specific work in voice receive expert examination and diagnosis, and special training courses are arranged for individual cases.

Stammering, Impediments of Speech, Defective Conditions, Pathological Conditions, Sore Throat Caused by Misuse of Voice, Loss of Voice, are laboratory cases. (See Special Circular.)

III. TEACHERS OF THE DEAF Harmonic training, vocal training, articulation, programs of voice exercises for deaf mutes, laboratory work.

IV. DEPARTMENT OF SONG For Singers desiring the advantage of School of Expression methods a course has been arranged.


NEEDS. Arrangements made by those desiring to take only individual lessons or special subjects. Special groups of subjects may be taken.

Chorus work in public schools. Pantomine of musical drama.

V. PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS AND OTHERS Elective courses, Saturday morning, afternoon, and evenings. (See Circular for Public School Teachers.)


At the beginning of next year groups of courses will be arranged for those who wish to improve expression in the home. Such students can elect courses from other departments adapted to their needs, and for greater culture, such as courses in Art, Vocal Expression and Literature. In addition to these, special subjects will be arranged:

Courses: 1. Expression and Education in the Nursery. 2. Expression in the Home. 3. Conversation. 4. How to Interest and Entertain. 5. How to Awaken and Direct the Play Instinct.

VII. CHILDREN'S CLASSES Saturday afternoon. Courses: 1. Reading and Recitation. 2. Simple Harmonic Exercises. 3. Fancy Steps. 4..Gymnastics

VIII. PUBLIC SPEAKING Special course in Public Speaking for men. (See Public Speaking Circular.)

IX. Dramatic League courses for ladies, including the reading of plays, and dramatic criticism of plays.

X. PHYSICAL TRAINING. Various courses in Physical Training are open to special students, and full normal courses for teachers of Physical Culture are given. A general course for health and grace. 1. Fancy Steps or rhythmic movements in dancing. 2. Corrective work. 3. Medical Gymnastics. 4. Playground Course, including Folk Dancing, Story-telling, Games, etc. 5. General training for children and adults. (See Organic Gymnastic Circular.)

XI. EVENING CLASSES Courses: 1. Reading. 2. Speaking. 3. Voice. 4. Dramatic Art. (See Special Circular.)

XII. HOME STUDIES AND BOOKS The Home Study Department offers courses in all phases of Vocal Expression, and in special lines of Literature. Besides courses for teachers, designed as keys to the use of Dr. Curry's publications, may also be mentioned. (See Home Study Circular and Morning League Circular.)

One of the aims in the founding of the School of Expression was to establish and secure better methods.

The work of the Book Department has resulted in the publishing of about fourteen volumes (circular on application). These books cover a great many phases of the work, - others are in preparation. They are published not with the view of making money, but as a part of the endeavor of the School of Expression to meet all the needs of this department of education, (special circular on application).

XIII. SUMMER COURSES The Summer terms and courses of the School are unique, thoroughly organized, practical and progressive. They furnish unusual opportunities for the earnest student who finds it necessary to economize time. Both beginning and advanced courses are given in these. All work done in the Summer Term counts toward the regular diploma courses. (See December •Expression” for preliminary announcements; see March number for Summer Circulars.)

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