Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Resource for voice students

Vocalists, especially opera singers, are often called upon to perform songs in many different languages. As it's impractical to attain fluency in every language, singers often learn to pronounce the words phonetically. Of course, it also helps to know what you're singing about.

Now the library has a good resource to help voice students prepare pieces in many different languages. IPA Source is now available through the Hill Freeman Library & Spruill Learning Center. This database contains pronunciation guides for several languages. Selected songs are presented with the lyrics, their pronunciation guide in the International Phonetic Alphabet, and the English translation. Check it out!

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