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.
1 x 3hr lecture/week
1 x individual written assignment (40%), 1 x group presentation (30%), 1 x 45min listening exam (30%)
Wall, Joan. Diction for Singers: A Concise Reference for English, Italian, Latin, German, French and Spanish Pronunciation. Dallas: Pst.Inc, 1990.
VSAO1611 or VSAO1612