Lyric Diction Coaching

As a phonetics enthusiast, Dr. Bernard Tan has been involved in lyric diction coaching since the beginning of his career as a vocal coach. His abilities in identifying and solving diction problems in singing is evident in the feedbacks from the singers he works with. In his works in Italian diction, he has collaborated with Italian coach Matteo Dalle Fratte, who has remarked Bernard's "outstanding ability to understand how correct Italian diction can be combined with musicality and expressiveness".

Bernard believes that because vocal music is composed based on the foundation of texts, the clarity of the words is essential for its performance. However, the mere pronunciation of the languages cannot suffice in a vocal performance as they are sung, not spoken. Therefore, the best way to approaching lyric diction is to achieve a balance between the clarity of the phonetics of the language and making beautiful singing (bel canto) using the unique singing voice.

Languages coached:

Italian

German

French

Spanish

Latin

English

Mandarin Chinese

Czech

Coaching formats provided:

  • Live diction coaching (Virtual)

  • Diction review based on recordings

  • In-person diction coaching

Please contact Dr. Bernard Tan to book for a diction coaching or for other inquiries.

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