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Vocal Music (Solo): Technique


On this page you'll find resources for improving your technique in many areas.

Jump to: General Resources | Diction & Pronunciation | Interpretation & Analysis | Stage Performance | Wellness

General Resources

Books in the Allen Library (selections)

Find more singing technique books

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Singing > Instruction and study

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Call Number Subject
MT 820 – 915 Singing and vocal technique

Diction & Pronunciation

See also our guide to Vocal Music Translations.
Many of the resources in that guide include IPA transcriptions.

Online Resources

General Books in the Allen Library (selections)

Find more diction books

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Singing > Diction
Singing > Instruction and study

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Call Number Subject
MT 883 Vocal music diction and pronunciation

Language-Specific Books in the Allen Library (selections)

German for Singers

Describes the full range of German sounds, including exceptions to the standard rules of pronunciation. Includes musical examples from folk and art songs.

Scandinavian Song

A survey of available music from Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, with sample IPA transcriptions and translations, and information for rendering new IPA transcriptions.

Singers' Italian

Covers all aspects of Italian pronunciation and diction, with in-depth IPA descriptions.

Singing and Communicating in English

A guide to the principles of English diction for British, American, and regional dialects. Includes practical exercises.

Singing in Brazilian Portuguese

An overview of the language and music, composer biographies, and selected texts with IPA transliterations plus literal and poetic translations.

Singing in Czech

Covers each sound of the Czech language, with IPA symbols and exercises. Also includes an overview of Czech vocal repertoire with translations and IPA transcriptions.

Singing in Latin

Describes regional pronunciations from the 700s AD to the present, and makes recommendations for specific works and repertoires.

Spanish Diction for Singers

A practical course which helps you to master perfect diction, achieve great interpretations, and connect with your audiences.

Russian Songs and Arias

Phonetic readings and word-by-word translations of songs and arias, plus a concise guide to Russian diction.

Interpretation & Analysis

Books in the Allen Library (selections)

Find more books on interpretation & analysis

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Operas > Analysis, appreciation
Operas > Interpretation
Singing > Interpretation
Songs > Analysis, appreciation
Songs > Interpretation

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Call number Subject
MT 95 – 100 Analysis of operas
MT 120 – 121 Analysis of solo vocal music
MT 892 Vocal music interpretation
 

Stage Performance

Books in the Allen Library (selections)

Find more books on stage technique

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Acting in musical theater
Acting in opera
Musical theater > Instruction and study

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Call Number Subject
MT 955 – 956 Dramatic production/performance

Wellness

Books in the Allen Library (selections)

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