Vocal Diction and IPA

Program Outline

Lyric diction skills for classical singing are taught through active practice and learning the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).  Application of skills learned takes place in spoken and sung practice, in-class repertoire coaching/preparation, and written work.  A focus on optimal articulator functioning teaches students to sing text clearly and expressively with vocal ease.  One language (English, Italian, German and French) is taught each term on a rotational cycle.

Program Details

Term 1: Sep 5 - Dec 5 • English
Term 2: Jan 9 - Apr 9 • Italian

Mon & Thu • 10:00 - 11:00am
$406.20/term • Downtown



Kiiri Michelsen

For Kiiri Michelsen, music is a passion to be shared, whether on stage or in the teaching studio. She is active in performance, teaching (voice/piano/lyric diction), coaching (lyric diction) and research. Since 1998 (piano) and 2002 (voice), Kiiri has taught both privately and on faculty at various music schools, including the Sidney Community Music School, Brentwood College School, and Con Brio Music School. She has taught in both Victoria and Montreal, and is now pleased to be part of the VCM faculty. Kiiri’s teaching approach focuses on the development of healthy technique through the elimination of tension patterns and mental (…)