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Reimagining Lyric Diction Courses: Leading Change in the Classroom and Beyond
CMS Emerging Fields in Music

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ISBN 9781032127743
December 2, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
136 Pages

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Book Description

Drawing on thirty years of teaching experience, author Timothy Cheek demonstrates how a university lyric diction class – traditionally specialized and Eurocentric – can become transformative, through engaging students with other languages and cultures, and promoting diversity, equity, inclusivity, and antiracism.

Raising new possibilities for traditional lyric diction pedagogy, this book explores how to provide students with experiences that speed their growth, help them to see the big picture, spark their curiosity, clarify and expand their digital resources and skills, and set them on a path of international collaboration. Arguing against compartmentalization in voice curricula, and exploring opportunities for creativity, the author provides a guide to new approaches that will aid schools’ decisions about diction curricula in the challenging but promising era of 21st-century pedagogy. 

Voice faculty, diction instructors, curriculum committees, graduate students in related fields, and music school administrators should all find this book insightful and thought-provoking as it goes to the heart of issues critical to the long-term development of today’s voice students.

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Introduction  Acknowledgements  Introduction1. Lyric Diction Classes for the 21st Century  2. The Role of Lyric Diction Classes: Laying a Foundation of Best Practice  3. Collaboration, Curiosity, and Creativity—Through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity  4. From Imitation to Communication: Best (and Worst) Use of Digital and Other Tools  5. From Compartmentalization to Transformation: Meeting New Challenges for Today’s Singers  6. Virtual Exchange: A Window to the 21st Century

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Timothy Cheek is Professor of Performing Arts/Vocal Arts at the University of Michigan, where he teaches diction, Czech vocal literature, and is a vocal coach. In addition to work as a collaborative pianist, he is the author of seven books on lyric diction and opera.