Q: What is the difference between a Speech Pathologist and a Speech & Drama Teacher?

A: A Speech Pathologist deals with voice and speech irregularities or ‘abnormalities’ within a clinical setting. Patients are often referred by a GP, a School Screening Programme, Occupational Therapist or a Speech and Drama Teacher. A Speech & Drama teacher deals with ‘normal’ voice and speech and aims to embellish through strategies that enhance confidence and clarity in communication. In addition to voice and speech work, a Speech and Drama teacher also develops performance skills in a diverse range of performance genres – viz. Acting, Mime, Creative Movement, Storytelling, Public Speaking, Poetry and Prose Recitation.

Q: What performance opportunities are available to students of Speech & Drama?

A: A vast range of performance opportunities exist for students of our Members. Some of these include:

  • Preparation and performance in the Australian Music Examination Board exams and other examining bodies;
  • Participation in the Annual Perth Speech & Drama Festival [dates published on special events section of this site]. This Festival is open to students of members of the Speech Teachers Association. This is a unique, yet “friendly” Festival that recognises excellence in the performance of language, literature and drama within a nurturing, yet competitive environment; and
  • Individual and group ‘in house’ performance opportunities provided by your Speech and Drama teacher within their own studio setting.

Q: How do I find a Speech & Drama teacher?

A: You can contact the President or Secretary of the Speech Teachers Association or email the Association on this address: sdtawa@speechteachers.com.au

You will be directed to teachers in your area that best suit your needs.

Q: How much are the fees that Speech & Drama teachers charge?

A: There are no published scale of fees so individual teachers will advise you of their range of charges depending upon whether you require individual or group lessons.

Q: Are Speech and Drama lessons just for children?

A: No. Speech and Drama lessons are available to people of all ages and abilities. All teachers are qualified professionals capable of teaching a diverse range of participants no matter what their age and ability. The referring officer will help direct you to the appropriate teacher for your needs. Some teachers do have areas in which they specialise e.g. children and young adults; mature age students and adults; adults in all sectors of business.

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