English Lyric Diction & Introduction to IPA – ONLINE

UPDATE (June 2, 2023): This course is now closed. We are no longer accepting registrations.

WKS 415
English Lyric Diction & Introduction to IPA – ONLINE
June 26-August 4, 2023 / six weekly synchronous classes to be scheduled with students
Online course

Beryl Garver

This class will familiarize the student with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), and to understand its application to Standard American English within a lyric setting. Application of that knowledge will be proven through written IPA, reading, listening and performance assignments.

This class will be beneficial not only to singers, but also to speakers who wish to improve their understanding of the pronunciation of American English. Additionally, choral directors will benefit greatly from an understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet and how to apply it when working with blending sound within their choral groups.

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Professional Development Hours: 12
$425 / noncredit

Eastman students needing this course for credit should consult with the Academic Affairs Office (undergraduate students) or the Graduate Studies Office (graduate students) before submitting an independent study proposal. 

“The content was excellent. Coming out of the class, I feel like I have a very clear understanding of the basics of English Lyric diction and some tips for rehearsing with the singers I work with at church (and other vocalists I may work with in the future). Berri consistently gave a larger context for her opinions or personal guidelines for pronunciation—giving reasons why she uses them and why others may have differing opinions.”  — 2022 English Lyric Diction student