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Which turns thought, act-
Conceives, expresses, too.

- Browning.



ANY attempts have been made to establish on a

scientific basis a permanent professional School

of Speaking. Boston University, at its foundation in 1873, organized as one of its departments a School of Oratory. In 1879 that school was discontinued as a separate department of the University, and Dr. S. S. Curry was chosen to carry on its work in connection with the post-graduate work of the “ School of All Sciences."

Special classes steadily increased in numbers and interest, until the trustees permitted Dr. Curry, then Snow Professor of Oratory, to organize them into what has grown into the School of Expression. In 1884, with the co-operation of literary men and educators, the School was established as an independent corporation.

The founders aimed to secure the adoption of adequate methods for the development of expression, for the establishment of educational and artistic standards in an organized institution for the study and training of speech.

NEED OF ENDOWMENT The Corporation is composed of leading citizens and prominent educators in different parts of the country whose names are a sufficient guarantee that funds given to the Institution will be faithfully administered. Chairs or Scholarships will be established, or buildings erected as permanent memorials to donors.

Adequate, endowment and equipment of the School of Expression will further not only the dramatic arts, the improvement of the voices of teachers, and the delivery of speakers, but will be an aid to general education.



The unique character of the work. It is doing a work which is not being done in any other institution.

The universal need of such a school.

The fact that the school is international. The last five years it has averaged in all its terms over three hundred students from over forty states and five or six provinces of Canada, from Japan and from other foreign countries. The present year's graduating class numbered fifty, from twenty-nine states and the Province of British Columbia.

The school deserves a permanent endowment on account of the work it has done and is still doing.

It has trained all classes of speakers, teachers, lawyers, lecturers, statesmen and ministers. Missionaries have found here a technique of speaking. It gives professional training to teachers of speaking for universities, colleges, normal and high schools. The demand has exceeded the supply.

It has developed teachers of reading for all the lower grades. It has aided by scientific methods all who have suffered from impediments of speech.

It has removed repressions and constrictions and has developed a higher freedom and culture in all classes of people.

It has found adequate methods for the improvement of the American Voice.

The School doubles the efficiency of speakers and professional men.

It trains all classes of teachers so that they are able to teach with greater economy of their physical strength, with more pleasure to students and with two-fold efficiency.

Its methods have been supplemented by original investigation of the methods of all ages, in all parts of the world. They have been recognized throughout the whole country as the most advanced.

As every profession needs a professional school, speakers of all kinds (and teachers of speaking) need a professional headquarters where they may secure the most advanced methods.

Money given to the School of Expression will produce greater results and bring greater honor in proportion to the amount given, than contributions to any other institution in the country.

aimer assez les idées qu'on veut faire adopter aux autres.

- Beranger.


Applicants for admission are required to present two testimonials as to character and qualification from persons of recognized standing.

Education and training equivalent to the requirements for a high school diploma are required for classification as a regular student.

Professional Courses are arranged for graduates of Colleges and Professional Schools. Applicants for these courses, in addition to the general requirements, must show ability in the particular form of Expression chosen for specialization.

Deficiencies must be made up before graduation.

Entering, or regular Junior Class, is limited to thirty members.

Students should early advise with the authorities of the School of Expression, even while attending high school, college or university Valuable advice may be given, through Home Study and Morning League work, regarding their electives which will be helpful to them in their future work.


Applicants for admission to “ Advanced Standing” (Second Year Special Class) must meet the general requirements, present a certificate (blank furnished on application) from former teacher of expression, showing subjects and number of hours taken in class and in private, with a minimum of four hundred hours (or three summer terms in the School of Expression), with entrance examinations on same and before graduation must

receive credit,* by examination, in the fundamental work of the entire course.

College graduates, or those having equivalent attainments, may take the Teacher's Diploma course in two years. Such students are also required to pass all the examinations in the first-, second- and third-year groups, of courses. For terms for Special Courses, see p. 41.

DIPLOMAS Courses in the School of Expression are arranged systematically for the natural and progressive development of each student. Diplomas and other honors are awarded according to the number of courses mastered and the degree of development attained.

1. TEACHER'S DIPLOMA Three years. This diploma calls for the mastery and application of fundamental principles of training to all forms of exercises in speaking, reading, acting and vocal interpretation of literature. Mature students (A. B. Degree ) may take the three-years' course in two years. (See Terms, p. 41.)

2. PUBLIC READER'S DIPLOMA Two years † (special group of courses with private lessons). Three groups of courses are required. Emphasis is laid on the Vocal Interpretation of Literature, Platform Art, Dramatic Training, and courses in criticism and in public recital work.

3. DRAMATIC DIPLOMA. Three special groups of courses are required for this diploma. This course emphasizes Dramatic Training, Dramatic Action, Training of the Body, Pantomimic Expression, Dramatic Rehearsals, Dramatization, Stage Business, and Histrionic Expression. Where the personal attainment is sufficient this course may be taken in two years with two Special Summer Dramatic Terms.

Writers of plays may substitute extra work in Dramatization for some phases of dramatic training.

4. GENERAL CULTURE DIPLOMA Requires the mastery of first- and second-year work. (See Horarium, pages 28 and 29.) The work of this course prepares for teaching in preparatory schools and requires personal assimilation of principles.

5. SPEAKER'S OR PREACHER'S DIPLOMA Requires the mastery of two years' work, elective. May be taken by college graduates in one year. Special requirements in discussion, extemporaneous speaking, debate, and courses in oratory.

* A credit in the School of Expression represents an hour of instruction with sufficient outside practice and study to master the work assigned.

Subjects selected from First, Second, and Third year regular courses.

6. ARTISTIC DIPLOMA Requires at least one year of systematic work after receiving the Public Reader's or Dramatic Diploma, and high artistic attainment in Impersonation, Public Reading, or some phase of Dramatic Art.

7. PHILOSOPHIC DIPLOMA Requires at least one year of systematic work after receiving the Teacher's Diploma and successful experience in teaching Expression.

Only one diploma can be received in one year.

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ASSOCIATES Graduates who have taken three full years of instruction and have achieved high attainment in their professions, and have loyally endeavored to advance the cause of the School, will be made Associates of the School of Expression.

By special vote of the Trustees, honorary diplomas or medals are occasionally conferred upon artists. Prof. Alexander Melville Bell, Prof. J. W. Churchill, and others, have received these. Many others have been made Honorary Associates of the School. See Index in the December number of Expression.

BOARD AND HOME* The advantages of Boston as a place of residence for students are well known. Living is less expensive than in any other city of its size. Women students can board in private families, or in students' homes, for from $175 to $300 a year and upward; men can secure accommodations at $180 and upward.

The placing of students in homes is supervised by the Dean, assisted by the Matron. Students are not allowed to choose a home without consulting the Office.

Parents are advised to require their daughters to place themselves under the chaperonage of the Matron.

In making application to the Office for boarding accommodations, students are asked to state their requirements, and accommodations will be secured, subject to approval on arrival.

The School Studios offer to the students an opportunity for social intercourse and study. Everything necessary to the life of the student is arranged from the Office, so that young women students are as well protected as in their own homes.

* See page 45.

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