This unit of study provides the specialist language needs of the vocal performer, with the objective of students achieving basic French language and lyric diction skills. The students will be introduced to French grammar including music and voice-specific vocabulary and the phonetics of Modern French through familiarization with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). There will be an emphasis on the student's ability to introduce themselves and their music programs to an audience, talk to fellow students about singing, the practice of IPA transcriptions, and the performance of French Songs commensurate with the vocal skill level of each student.
3 hours language and phonation seminar/week
Oral and written exam (40%), text analyses (60%)
Wall, Joan. Diction for Singers: A Concise Reference for English, Italian, Latin, German, French and Spanish Pronunciation. Dallas: Pst.Inc, 1990. Grubb, Thomas and Pierre Bernac. Singing in French: A Manual of French Diction and French Vocal Repertoire. New York: Schirmer Books, 1979.