​​​​​​​The Lyric Diction Workbook Series
S.T.M. Publishers presents a series of workbooks for English, Italian, German, French, 
and Latin diction courses. The workbooks provide exercises that give students practice

in applying standard textbook rules as defined by Madeline Marshall, Evelina Colorni,  

Corradina Caporello, William Odom, John Moriarty, Pierre Bernac, and Thomas Grubb.

The worksheets use words collected from over 7,000 art songs and highlight frequently 

occurring words.​ The most frequently occurring words are short in length and appear in

​the enunciation exercises. Other words are introduced in a graded order and categorized

according to sounds as defined by the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). A study of

articulatory phonetics is included. Consecutive units highlight specified symbols providing

transcribed art songs, enunciation instructions with exercises, transcription rules, group

assignments, individually assigned word lists, and transcription quizzes. Units progress in

cumulative order culminating with exercises that give students the opportunity to transcribe

phrases from art song literature.

Designed for Singers
* Utilizes a basic lyric vocabulary

* Provides daily opportunities for in-class enunciation
* Provides transcription work for the entire class to complete during individual assessments
* Provides listening assignments that contain a frequent occurrence of the highlighted

Excellent for Instructors
* Encourages student accountability for memorized rules
* Simplifies the grading process (transcription is assessed based on in-class enunciation) 
* Contains a summary of rules with prep quizzes for easy reference and review

* Includes two products per language: student manual and instructor's manual(student manual

   with answer key)​​

​​​​​​​​​Singer's Diction

Singer's Diction is a self-paced, competency-based lyric diction and English transcription

course. Many teachers work with elective students, voice minors, and students in small

programs without diction courses. These teachers find it necessary to supplement their

students’ education with diction study. Valuable lesson time can be preserved with the

right resources. This publication is intended for students with no previous exposure to

the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). It is designed for the small diction class or

private studio. Answer keys for the first six word lists in every unit are provided on the

facing page. An answer key for additional lists in each unit is included in the instructor's

manual. QR codes give students instant access to sound examples. A dictionary of IPA

symbols with enunciation instructions is provided in the glossary.


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 complete a daily written assignment. An answer key is included and can be used to flip
the daily exercise into a vowel transcription test.

The Singer's Daily Practice Journal, Volume II
All volumes combine textbook, workbook, and journal in one resource. Volume II pairs

vocal training with musicianship, diction, and phrasing. The concepts needed to develop

these skills are introduced using excerpts from Italian, German, and French art song lyrics.

These topics are presented simultaneously and in a graded order. A grading rubric of vocal

concepts and glossary of terms are included.

An abbreviated version of the pedagogy within both volumes is published in The Journal
of Singing
: The Voice and Diction Connection, A Diction Instructor’s Approach to Voice
. See the featured article on this page.

The Singer's Daily Practice Journal, Volume III

Volume III is Singer’s Diction (see description above) with weekly assignment, assessment,

and journaling pages.

Order Information
​A form for bookstore and library orders is available on the "bookstore orders" page. 

Students may purchase their workbooks  from their bookstore or on the "student orders"

page. Instructor’s manuals with free shipping are available on the "instructors" page.

Free Resources on this Website:

​* Sample pages from each workbook (see "instructors" page)

* The Lyric Diction Listening Lab​​ (see "listening" page)

​* Sample gradebook and syllabus schedules (see "instructors" page)

* Resources for blind singers (see "instructors" page)

* IPA charts​ (see "charts" page)

* IPA Scramble - template for group playing cards and free app for IPhone (see "apps" page)

​* Journal of Singing Articles: The Dynamic Diction Classroom and The Voice and Diction

​   Connection (see the featured articles on this page)​​

Workbooks for the 3-4 Semester Diction Study

Workbooks for Private and Class Voice

JOS Articles

"IPA Braille for Lyric Diction, A Mutually Accessible Phonetic System for Teachers and Students" The Journal of Singing​, Nov/Dec 202o

Workbooks for the 1-2 Semester Diction Study

 "The Voice and Diction Connection, A Diction

     Instructor's Approach to Voice Pedagogy" 

      The Journal of Singing​, Jan/Feb 2018

    "Diction (Still) Belongs in the Music   


The Journal of Singing​, Jan/Feb 202o

    "The Dynamic Diction Classroom"

The Journal of Singing​, Sept/Oct 2011

​​​​​​​​Phonetic Readings for Lyric Diction
Phonetic Readings for Lyric Diction is an enunciation-based text designed to prepare the
student for English, Italian, German, French, and Latin repertoire assignments. It functions
easily as an all-in-one workbook for programs that offer diction in a single semester, or as
an introductory text for the two semester diction study. The IPA Handbook for Singers is a 
​companion text. Together, these publications provide a study of enunciation that is uniquely
merged with English transcription rules and worksheets.

IPA Handbook for Singers
The IPA Handbook is a dictionary of phonetic symbols. The International Phonetic Alphabet
provides a general guide for pronunciation, but exact sounds vary from language to language.
This text defines the sounds as they apply to the specific language. Dictionary transcription
represents the spoken form of a language. Adjustments to the IPA are necessary for lyric
diction. The enunciation instructions are designed for sung application. The newly added 

codes with each IPA symbol give students instant access to recordings of native speakers

enunciating sample words. The adjustments needed for singing are further defined in the

freshly edited enunciation instructions.

Phonetic Transcription for Lyric Diction
Phonetic Transcription for Lyric Diction offers an efficient approach to Italian, German,
​French, and Latin transcription. It is second in the two-part series (Phonetic Readings is
the introductory text). Together, these workbooks address enunciation and transcription
respectively. Enunciation is established in part one so that students are adequately prepared
for the rigorous approach to transcription provided in part two. An expanded version of

​this workbook contains 10 additional units to cover English transcription.

Phonetic Transcription for Lyric Diction and the IPA Handbook for Singers may be used
together to provide a fast-paced transcription course or graduate level review. Syllabus
schedules are provided on this website. See the supplemental resources on the "instructors"