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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 learned and applied accurately when singing.
The overall aim during the second year of study will be to focus on English productions and audition preparation and at the same time continuing to build and improve on the technical elements of the language established during the first year. 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.
The pace at which the sessions progress obviously depends on the ability and mother tongue of the individual student.
Ideally, by the end of the second year, the student should be able to apply their technical knowledge of the English language independently and apply it to any repertoire they may have to learn in the world of work. Having mastered the technical foundations of the language, the focus will be on encouraging physical freedom in the student to enable them to fully communicate a text and inhabit a role in English.