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VSAO1212: German Essentials for Singers

This unit of study provides the specialist language needs of the vocal performer, with the objective of students achieving basic German language and lyric diction skills. The students will be introduced to German grammar including music and voice-specific vocabulary and the phonetics of Modern German through familiarisation 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 German Songs commensurate with the vocal skill level of each student.

Code VSAO1212
Academic unit Vocal and Opera Studies
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. use basic German to talk about singing and to introduce your songs
  • LO2. recognize simple grammatical structures in your songs
  • LO3. learn to read and write the IPA
  • LO4. understand the production of German monophthongs, diphthongs, umlaute, consonants, consonant clusters and glides
  • LO5. understand the content of your chosen repertoire and prepare the diction of it for further study with your voice teachers, in vocal performance class, concert practice and voice exams.