The Singer's Daily Practice Journal, Volume I
Textbook, workbook, and journal are combined in one resource for private and class voice students. Each section of the 15-week journal begins with manuscript paper for recording weekly lesson notes, exercises, and assignments. A check-list of vocal concepts is included. This gives the teacher the ability to direct students to the precise concept (with lesson and page number) that requires attention for the week. The following page provides space for the student to record progress and log daily practice times.
Vocal concepts in this text are discussed using the IPA. The symbols selected represent an elegant manner of pronunciation as recommended by Madeleine Marshall, author of The Singer’s Manual of English Diction. Space is provided beneath the IPA for students to supply the English translation. This approach gives students the opportunity to hear proper English and to complete a daily written assignment. An answer key is included and can be used to flip the daily exercise into a vowel transcription test.
An abbreviated version of the pedagogy within this text is published in the Journal of Singing, Jan./Feb. 2018 issue: The Voice and Diction Connection, A Diction Instructor’s Approach to Voice Pedagogy by Cheri Montgomery.
The Singer's Daily Practice Journal, Volume II
Volume II pairs vocal training with musicianship, phrasing, and language study. Both volumes combine textbook, workbook, and journal in one resource for voice students. A grading rubric of vocal concepts is included in volume II.
Phonetic Readings for Lyric Diction
"Phonetic Readings for Lyric Diction" is tailored to suit the current needs of the voice studio and lyric diction course. It functions easily as an introduction to an in-depth study of the lyric languages or as an all-in-one workbook for programs that offer diction in a single semester. The "IPA Handbook for Singers" is the companion text. Together, these publications provide a study of enunciation uniquely merged with a complementary study of transcription as it applies to English lyric diction.
Phonetic Transcription for Lyric Diction
"Phonetic Transcription for Lyric Diction" offers an efficient approach to the study of Italian, German, French, and Latin transcription. It is second in a two-part series. "Phonetic Readings for Lyric Diction" is the introductory text. Together, these workbooks address enunciation and transcription respectively. Enunciation of the English, Italian, German, French, and Latin languages is established in part one so that students are adequately prepared for the rigorous approach to transcription provided in part two. "Phonetic Transcription for Lyric Diction, Expanded Version" contains an additional 10 units to cover English transcription.
"Phonetic Transcription for Lyric Diction" and the "IPA Handbook for Singers" may be used together to provide a quick-paced transcription course or graduate level review. Syllabus schedules are provided on this website. Click on the blue button titled "How the workbooks function in the classroom".
IPA Handbook for Singers
The "IPA Handbook for Singers" is a dictionary of phonetic symbols. It provides pronunciation of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as it applies to singing English, Italian, German, and French art song repertoire.
The Lyric Diction Workbook Series
S.T.M. Publishers presents a series of workbooks for English, Italian, German, French, and Latin lyric diction courses. The workbooks provide exercises that enable students to apply textbook rules as defined by Madeline Marshall, Evelina Colorni, Corradina Caporello, William Odom, John Moriarty, Pierre Bernac, and Thomas Grubb. The enunciation and transcription assignments originate from the words of over 7,000 lyrics and highlight frequently occurring words from art song literature. The most frequently occurring words are short in length and appear in the enunciation exercises. Other commonly occurring lyric words are introduced in graded order and categorized according to speech sounds as defined by the International Phonetic Alphabet. A study of articulatory phonetics is provided and includes consonant and vowel charts for student application and definition of terms. Consecutive units highlight specified sets of symbols by providing transcribed art songs, enunciation instructions, enunciation exercises, rules for transcription, group assignments, individually assigned word lists, and transcription quizzes. Units progress in cumulative order culminating with exercises that allow students to transcribe and sing short phrases from art song literature.
Designed for Singers
* Utilizes frequently occurring words from English, Italian, German, French, and latin lyrics
* Follows standard pronunciation guidelines for lyric diction
* Provides daily opportunities for in-class enunciation
* Supplies transcription exercises for the entire class during individual assessments
* Provides listening assignments and singing quizzes that contain a frequent occurrence of
the highlighted vowel or consonant sound
Excellent for Instructors
* Utilizes a basic lyric vocabulary
* Encourages student accountability for memorized rules
* Simplifies the grading process - assessment of students’ IPA is based upon in-class
enunciation of word lists
* Contains a summary of rules and includes quizzes for easy reference and review
* Provides listening and singing assignments selected from over 750 lyrics to provide the
best example of a phrase or song with a frequent occurrence of the highlighted sound
The Dynamic Diction Classroom (published in the Journal of Singing) by Cheri Montgomery describes how the workbooks function in the classroom. See the featured article on this page.
Three Products for Each Language
The student manual provides worksheets that employ frequently occurring words from art song literature. The exercises are arranged in a graded and cumulative order. Each unit contains enunciation instructions, twelve enunciation assignments, rules for transcription, exercises for classroom application of rules, and twelve transcription assignments. A summary of rules and practice quizzes are included for easy reference and review.
The instructor’s manual is the student manual with answer key. The English workbook serves as an introduction to the series and contains additional lecture notes, daily lesson plans, homework assignments and instructions for intended use. Sample pages from the instructor’s manuals are available on the instructors page.
The answer key serves as a companion to the student manual. It contains IPA for all exercises and is available by instructor’s request only.
Instructor’s manuals with free shipping and handling are available on the instructors page. A form for bookstore and library orders is available on the bookstore order page. Students may order online from the student order page.
New texts for the voice studio
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The Journal of Singing
2018 Workshop: June 5 - 7
A concise approach to transcription A dictionary of phonetic symbols
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The Voice and Diction Connection
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