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English coaching classes will explore the nature of the English language in relation to the singing voice, focusing on vocal music from the opera, operetta, oratorio and song repertoire. English is the common language spoken between international students at the IOA and therefore it is all the more important that attention is given to ensure English is learnt and applied accurately when singing. The technical elements of each session will focus on all aspects of diction, concentrating on the correct pronunciation of vowels, diphthongs and consonants in sung English.
The overall aim is that during the first year, each student has acquired the tools to be able to pronounce and enunciate in English at a high level. In addition to these technical abilities, in the second year, students should have the knowledge and confidence to be fully able to express a vocal text in English. Successful communication of a text will be at the heart of each session. The pronunciation of and differences between British Received Pronunciation and American Standard will also be addressed.
Having mastered the technical foundations of the language, the focus of the second year will be on encouraging physical freedom in the student to enable students to fully communicate a text and inhabit a role in English.