®The finest instrument is the mind.

Develop Confidence and Reading Comprehension Through Speech Arts & Drama

Speech Arts student Jack Brennan

The ability to speak clearly and confidently is a crucial skill that can be applied to all areas of life. However, the number one fear people experience is public speaking. In general, they fear it more than mice, spiders, heights, and even death. Over one-quarter of people say that they fear speaking in front of a crowd. And yet, most school-aged children are only required to speak in front of others for annual poetry recitation assignments or for a class drama production, despite 70% of adults saying that presentation skills are critical for career success.

The Royal Conservatory’s Speech Arts and Drama program gives students the opportunity to learn how to be effective and confident speakers.

What is Speech Arts & Drama?

Speech Arts and Drama provides training of the speaking voice together with the performance of literature. The comprehensive program encompasses verse-speaking and acting, public speaking and storytelling, and training in improvisation and memorization. Speech arts and drama students develop a range of skills that allow them to speak in any situation, and communicate with clarity, artistry, and their own personal style.

The Right Fit

Speech arts and drama studies appeal to a broad spectrum of people. Some students become involved because of a love of literature and a passion for acting, speaking, and performing. Others struggle with storytelling or speaking fluently; this may be the perfect program for these individuals. Many recognize the value of training the speaking voice and developing effective, confident communication skills.

Educational Benefits

In addition to being a fun and rewarding artistic endeavor, studying speech arts develops fundamental and empowering life skills. The study of speech arts fosters an appreciation of literature and language and helps students develop speaking abilities they can carry with them into all aspects of life. The study of literature outside of school enables participants of this program to develop superior reading comprehension and analysis skills, setting them ahead of their school classmates.

The Community

Each year, students across Canada participate in Speech Arts and Drama examinations as part of The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program. A network of students, teachers, and schools promote the study of speech arts in all provinces. There is a particularly strong community of students in Alberta, British Columbia, and Atlantic Canada.


Getting started is easy! You can look up a teacher in your area using our National Teacher Directory and download the Syllabus for free.

Photo: Labrador City resident Jack Brennan, 2015 Gold Medal winner for Level 9 Speech Arts & Drama in Atlantic Canada

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An overview of our Speech Arts & Drama program, which helps individuals of all ages learn how to be effective and confident speakers.