Web based audio files are a
handy way to disseminate to choristers recordings of native speakers speaking the text of a
composition, without the work of duplicating individual tapes or CDs.
Here is an
Diction practice on the web can happen in several ways at present. For language that is particularly
difficult, conductors can structure successive approximation exercises, moving from individual phonemes,
to words, to sub phrases, to phrases, to full phrases in rhythm. Please keep in mind that if one
anticipates or encounters chorister problems with only specific words or sections of the text,
practice can be structured only around such problem areas.
Audio Discrimination Using IPA
Audio Discrimination with Problem Words
Introduction to IPA: English
Latin Pronunciation Rules with Sound
Diction Resource Page for other ideas and information.
It is possible, though still somewhat complicated, to use IPA fonts on a web page. Basically,
each user must have the fonts downloaded (it's a free download) on his or her own computer.
For further details, see the
International Phonetic Association web page.
This site also contains some audio files for download.