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English and German Diction for Singers


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PART I: INTRODUCTION Chapter 1: Elementary Concepts Chapter 2: Proficiency in English IPA Chapter 3: Proficiency in German IPA PART II: ENGLISH Chapter 4: Introduction to English Diction for Singers Chapter 5: English Phonemes Chapter 6: The Structure of English Chapter 7: Characteristic English Phonemes Chapter 8: Vowels Chapter 9: Glides and Approximants Chapter 10: Consonants Chapter 11: Advanced Concepts in Diction Chapter 12: Common Pitfalls PART III: GERMAN Chapter 13: Introduction to German Diction for Singers Chapter 14: German Phonemes Chapter 15: The Structure of German Chapter 16: Characteristic German Phonemes Chapter 17: Vowels Chapter 18: Consonants Chapter 19: Advanced Concepts in Diction Chapter 20: Common Pitfalls PART IV: ENGLISH AND GERMAN-COMMON GROUND Chapter 21: Commonalities Between English and German Chapter 22: Legato Singing Chapter 23: Close but No Cigar Chapter 24: Lyric Diction in Opera Chapter 25: Concise History of the English Language Appendix A: Glossary of Phonetic and Anatomical Terms Appendix B: Supplements Appendix C: Suggested Repertoire for Lyric Diction Study Flashcard (removable reference for English and German IPA)

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Amanda Johnston is a collaborative pianist and vocal coach. She is associate professor of music at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. She is also on faculty at Musiktheater Bavaria. For further information, visit her website:

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