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Making Czech Art Song Accessible for Novice Singers

Rachel Jane Sweeney Green, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Czech art song is often overlooked by vocal instructors while assigning music for the novice singer. The repertoire of Czech art song is vast, yet seldom used in vocal studios in America. Though some consider the language difficult, when approached in the correct manner it is easy for a novice to sing in Czech. This document advocates for Czech art song to be assigned and selected for the novice singer. Each chapter serves as a tool to understand and navigate Czech repertoire. The last chapter provides five examples of Czech art song selected because they align with the guidelines of accessibility. The chapter includes translations and IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) for the art song examples selected. The appendix, contains different sources that will help the student or the instructor find additional Czech art songs not mentioned in this document.This document serves as a guide for instructors and students to expand the novice singer’s vocal canon by promoting Czech art song as a beautiful, appropriately accessible, and attainable addition to their music repertoire.

Subject Area

Performing Arts|Musical performances|Music

Recommended Citation

Green, Rachel Jane Sweeney, "Making Czech Art Song Accessible for Novice Singers" (2024). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI31293206.