Monday, December 12, 2011

Last minute exam advice

1.  Know diction triangles.  Italian and English.  Color words?  English words?  Yes.
2.  Pay attention to previous translations and transcriptions.
3.  Know rules of Italian diction.
4.  Pay attention to words from presentations.
5.  There are several consonants that need first - middle - last names.
6.  Angels we have heard on high . . . .
7.  Know about affricatives.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Daisies, v. 2

We did not laugh and we did not speak        5
  As we wandered happily to and fro;
I kissed my dear on either cheek,
  In the bud of the morning—O.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

[hw] vs. [w]

Which old witch?
[hwɪtʃ] vs. [wɪtʃ]

To help us all understand the point, our Diction class pointed me to this famous scene from "Family Guy."

So is it Cool [hwɪp] or Cool [wɪp] ?  The pertinent scenes start at :52.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


In diction, a continuant is a "consonants that can be sustained."

A list:


According to, a "cognate" is related by birth; of the same parentage, descent, etc.

When we apply that to consonants in Diction for Singers, we are talking about consonants that are only differentiated by their voicing:

For example:
[p] and [b] have the same "middle name" and "last name" - they are only differentiated by their voicing so they are "cognates."

[p] is unvoiced - bilabial - plosive
[b] is voiced - bilabial - plosive

The two other pairs of cognates:

 [d] and [t]  (these are voiced/unvoiced - alveolar - plosives)

 [g] and [k]  (these are voiced/unvoiced - velar - plosives)

Recent presentations: diphthongs, triphthongs, consonants, glides

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


  1. stay on one note - sing, don't speak the example
  2. equal emphasis to each syllable
  3. use the opportunity to record multiple takes
  4. BOTH verses
  5. LISTEN to your recording and evaluate
  6. Watch out for:
    • diphthongs where there shouldn't be any
    • proper [o] vowel
    • [e] vs [ɛ]

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Violette lesson

Diction notes - Spanish and more

Diction Notes 4-21 and 4-26

Great site for videos and sounds

Look here for this:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Quiz for April 12 2011

Write the following words in IPA:

  1. les
  2. le
  3. te
  4. mes
  5. ce
Write the name of Sarah Beatty's boyfriend in IPA:

April 12 2011


1. French Vowel Triangle

2. Liason: Pronunciation of a normally silent final consonant at end of word to link with next word beginning with a vowel, a glide, or mute "h"

3. Elision: Omission of a sound, such as the dropping of mute "e"

4. Nasals: Any vowel-letter(s) followed by "m" or "n" is usually nasalized unless this "m" or "n" is followed by:

a. a vowel-letter or vowel sound in same word, or
b. an m, n, or h in same word.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

German Quiz

We will speak these into a microphone for me to record and grade tomorrow.

Good luck!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011