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International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers: A Manual for English and Foreign Language Diction Paperback – September, 1989

ISBN-13: 860-1401735748 ISBN-10: 1877761508 Edition: 1st
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About the Author

Joan Wall is a voice professor at Texas Woman's University, where she has taught diction courses for more than twenty years.

She was a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), presenting seminars and workshops, and has had a celebrated international performing career, singing as a principal with the Metropolitan Opera, the Deutche Opera Berlin, and in concerts, operas, and recitals throughout the United States.

She has sung under the direction of such conductors as Erich Leinsdorf, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Boris Goldovsky, Alfred Wallenstein, Jean Morel, Fausto Cleva, Anshel Brusilow, and Paul Hindemith.

Wall is the author of International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers and coauthor of Diction for Singers, The Singer's Voice video series, Sing! Text and songs for voice class, and the Excellence in Singing.

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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Pst; 1st edition (September 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877761508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877761508
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Holly Ann Pelletteri on December 23, 2002
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I absolutely love this book. It is by far the best publication I have found to teach young singers the basics of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). I found it very easy to understand and their are excellent charts for easy references. Although there are a few ocassional exceptions to rules that could be more easily explained, the basics are taught well. It receives my highest recommendation as a vocal instructor.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kate on June 2, 2000
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This book provides the reader/singer with exersises that will help them with diction, communication, pronounciation, and other techniques needed to be an expert singer. If you want to learn the "rules" of singing correctly--here's a good way to start!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 2003
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If you want to get to the heart of great diction in singing, you must go through this book carefully and methodically. You will never be sorry you did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pwrsurg35 on January 24, 2013
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I was taking a class where this was one of the text books.
This helps you learn IPA (mostly focused on English) but you can relate it to other languages.
Its set up like a workbook where you read about a symbol and then you do some exercises that involve writing IPA for actual words. It make you think about how you might say a word and how it 'should' be said. Especially if you are considering if you are singing the word...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ohneja01 on February 17, 2010
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This book is awesome! It is a great guide for anyone, specifically singers, learning IPA. It offers exercises in singing as well as speaking through the phonetics.
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By Patricia Childs on September 1, 2013
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The IPA is a must if you're going to be involved with any sort of vocal music. Each symbol/sound has is own section, along with a diagram of the vocal articulators so you see their positions. The exercises are very good too. I wouldn't say "I love it" because I'm using it for a class in Italian/English/German diction, but it's very, very instructive.
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This book is tremendously helpful. Clear descriptions that help with diction for younger students. I also find it extremely helpful when working with Downs Syndrome singers .... these students need to think through every step of creating sounds and this book helps teachers and parents to articulate the physical steps necessary to speak clearly.
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By arianna on December 27, 2013
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Everything is very informative. Definitely should have a vocal coach with you to understand all of this. Great great great
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