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Dr. Timothy CHEEK
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan United States
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Prof. Leonardo DE LISI Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini, Florence, Italy
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Transforming College Lyric Diction Courses Through Virtual Exchange
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In music schools throughout English-speaking countries, vocal performance majors are required to take French, German, and Italian lyric diction classes. Since the courses are very specialized, skill-oriented, and completely Eurocentric, they are usually made to fit neatly into a compartmentalized academic structure, often by those who have never taught a diction class. A noted author in the study of foreign language lyric diction, pianist and vocal coach Professor Timothy Cheek draws on over thirty years of experience teaching these courses and coaching singers, both students within the structure of a university setting, and professional singers. With the help of the University of Michigan Virtual Exchange Initiative, he teamed up with Professor and tenor Leonardo De Lisi of the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Florence, Italy, to add a virtual exchange element to his Italian diction class and De Lisi’s American art song class. Cheek and De Lisi reveal how a lyric diction course, when embraced for what it can be, is ripe for transforming academic curricula, providing students with engaging experiences that speed their growth, help them to see the big picture, spark their curiosity, help instill a lifelong interest in languages and other cultures, promote diversity and equity, and set students on a path of international collaboration. When the neglected repertoire of songs by African American composers is added to the equation, the exchange skyrockets to even deeper levels for all involved.
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diction classes African American art songs virtual exchange
Virtual exchange in traditional educational settings
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Submitted: Thursday, 29 July 2021, 3:46 PM
Modified: Thursday, 29 July 2021, 3:46 PM
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