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Music: Diction and Pronunciation

International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)

Recommended Books 

  • Adams, David. A Handbook of Diction for Singers : Italian, German, French. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022. (ebook)
  • Cheek, Timothy, Anna Toccafondi, Lawrence Brownlee, and Thomas Hampson. Perfect Italian Diction for Singers: An Authoritative Guide. Blue Ridge Summit: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2022. (ebook)
  • Johnston, Amanda. English and German Diction for Singers: a Comparative Approach. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 2011. (print book, MT883 .J64)
  • LaBouff, Kathryn. Singing and Communicating in English: A Singer’s Guide to English Diction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. (ebook)
  • Nair, Garyth. The Craft of Singing. San Diego: Plural Publishing, 2007. (ebook)
    Nedecky, Jason. French Lyric Diction: a Singer’s Guide. New York: Oxford University Press, 2023. (ebook)
  • Piso, Jon. A Cybernetic Study of Speaking and Singing. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017. (ebook)
    Retzlaff, Jonathan, and Cheri Montgomery. Exploring Art Song Lyrics: Translation and Pronunciation of the Italian, German and French Repertoire. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. (ebook)
  • Ryckman, Thomas, and David Hunter. Understanding French Verse: A Guide for Singers. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. (ebook)
  • Smith, Brenda, and Robert Sataloff. Choral Pedagogy. Plural Publishing, 2013. (ebook)