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(MUSC 276) Diction for Singing

Learn the lyric diction principles needed to communicate song texts successfully. The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) will be used as a tool for studying speech sounds of sung language. Students will practice pronouncing and singing in multiple languages, including English, German, French, Latin, Hawaiian, and the languages of the student’s home countries.

Credit Hours 3.0 Lecture
Prerequisite None
Offered Fall - even years
Programs -

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Know the symbols and corresponding sounds of the International Phonetic Language (IPA).
  • Be able to sight-read IPA transcriptions of song texts in Italian, Latin, German, French, and Hawaiian.
  • Practice effectively communicating text without compromising vocal freedom by understanding modifications and substitutions, diphthongs, semi-vowel glides, shadow vowels, merges, and implosions.
  • Communicate text effectively through emphasizing words of primary and secondary stress, understanding the poetry, and learning the rhythm and melody of language.