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Music from Glee: It’s Not for Singers Only


The Fox TV show Glee continues to breathe new life into many classic ’70s and ’80s-era songs, as well as heighten the awareness of music and the arts in our modern-day schools. It’s the glee club that’s usually in the spotlight of the series, but luckily for today’s instrumental educators, there have been several band arrangements that have been produced, in addition to the chorals, that correlate with the show.

Therefore, the entire music department can get in on the re-popularization of many of the iconic rock songs and power ballads of decades gone by, as well as enjoy fresh, innovative versions of some of today’s hottest songs.

So, Glee-k Out! at your spring concert this year. There are plenty of arrangements to choose from, and the band (and the audience) will love it!

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Additional Songs, featured in the TV Show Glee:

Grade 1

Any Way You Want It (Journey)

Grade 1+

Defying Gravity (Wicked)

Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)

I Dreamed a Dream (Les Miserables)

Lean On Me (Bill Withers)

Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)

Grade 2

Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)

Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)

Time Warp (Rocky Horror Picture Show)

Grade 2+

Tribute to Journey (medley)

Grade 3

Defying Gravity (Wicked)

Hello, Goodbye (Beatles medley)

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American Idol-ization

It’s American Idol Season on Fox, and final cuts are currently being made for the live competition shows. This brings to mind the formal vocal audition process – it was sometimes albeit painfully obvious as you watched the city-to-city auditions, that some of the singers were quite well prepared, while others simply fell apart in the heat of the moment, when it really counted the most.

If you’re a choral or voice student in an organized music program, perhaps you’re thinking about auditioning soon to get into a particular workshop event; to perform over the summer in a community theatre production; or perhaps even to get accepted into a degree program at a college or university that has a great school of fine arts.

Don’t become the American Idol statistic of unpreparedness and nervousness, or the next YouTube viral video for the wrong reasons. Find out what you can about the audition process for the specific event, production, or degree program that you’re interested in. Ask the organizer(s) lots of questions if you can, and try to find some people that have previously gone through the same type of audition, in order to get some feedback from them, too.  Make sure that you adhere to their criteria and rules, whatever it may be – song choice, length of audition, dress code, etc. It’s all important, and falling below acceptable levels in any one area could make or break your success in getting what you want.

Nowadays, in many vocal audition situations, particularly in Broadway and contemporary music, you’re not expected or even required to sing a song in its entirety.  You may actually be asked to sing only 8, 16, or 32 measures of it. What’s important to know here, is that you really need to select the right 8, 16, or 32 measures of the song – that magical part of it that shows off your range, musicality, versatility, etc.  And that can be hard to do, especially if you don’t have much experience in it to begin with.

Luckily, there’s now a wide range of music books (many with CDs available) that can help.  You can be ultra-prepared in so many ways – maybe you’ve asked many questions, practiced a lot, plan to be dressed appropriately and more – but if you’ve chosen the wrong song, you’re probably sunk, before you’ve even really begun. Don’t American Idol-ize yourself, and let that happen to you. Ask Questions. Get Prepared. And choose the right song, because success for you might be just around the corner!

 

Audition Songs for Male Singers:

Broadway Favorites
Classic Soul
Classical Greats
Elvis Presley
Film Hits
Rock Favorites
Standard Favorites

Audition Songs for Female Singers

Broadway Favorites
Broadway Standards
Classical Greats
Favorite Pop Songs
Favorite Standards

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Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology – 16-Bar Audition

Soprano
Mezzo-Soprano
Tenor
Baritone/Bass

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16-Bar Theatre Audition

Soprano
Mezzo-Soprano
Tenor
Baritone/Bass

 

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16-Bar Pop/Rock Audition

Men
Women

Kids

Audition Songs
Musical Theatre Audition – Boys
Musical Theatre Audition – Girls

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Are you a Gleek?

Glee, the Fox TV show has given new life to [show] choirs, musical theater, all manner of the arts, and school music programs in general all around the country. Who knew that all those 70’s and 80’s classic rock power ballads of years gone by would enjoy such a renewed popularity? That it’s now cool [again] to sing, dance, perform in groups, and be proud of it?

Yet, while it might seem like some crazy phenomenon to some, to us — the educators, the students who have been in music and arts programs for years, and to the professionals who provide all the print music, books, instruments, and much more — we experience our own phenomenon every day. We know the value in what we do, and why it is so important to us. It’s simple. It just matters.

For educators and professionals, it has mattered at nearly every level of our lives. Most of us were students first, of course, so we’ve been involved with music for years, and cannot imagine a life without it. Educators enjoy the euphoric rush of seeing their fledgling individual or group do well in that all-important performance. Professionals in the industry at large know that without the quality goods and services supplied to those groups, that doing well can be more difficult. Therefore, there’s great satisfaction in putting that much sought-after piece of music in the eager hands of the educator, or that shiny new horn in the arms of a novice musician. It matters.

For all those students, in music programs great and small, it matters, too. Music makes you smarter; music may be your oasis; music [groups] can be your socialization; music might be your ultimate relaxation. And that’s the beauty of it, of course. Music is a like a shape-shifter — it can be whatever you want it to be — it doesn’t judge you, and it doesn’t mock you. Music makes you better. It matters.

So, are you on the Glee bandwagon yet? Come on, we know you want to…..Dream On [Queen]; Imagine [John Lennon]; Show your True Colors [Cindy Lauper], Faithfully [Journey]….

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