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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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Friday’s Focus for Vocal, the series, posts to www.pendersbuzz.com about once a month, with information from our staff, our publisher partners, guest bloggers and more. Come back to this site, or access it from our main Home Page, to find out the latest buzz!

John Jacobson @ TMEA & in the Pender’s Booth 02/11

John Jacobson, now a bonafide YouTube sensation, will be at the TMEA convention on Friday, February 11th to speak about his new publication written in collaboration with Cristi Cary Miller, Order from Chaos.

Incorporating tidbits from the book, Jacobson will show you how to embrace the chaos, discuss the importance of having a plan, highlight how to get and keep your students’ attention and more!

Then, shortly after his session, John will be in the Pender’s Booth, from 5pm to 6pm. It’ll be a great time for you meet with him further — and have him sign a copy of his book, too!

Remember:

Order from Chaos: Taming the Wild Classroom
Clinician: John Jacobson, Hal Leonard Corporation
3:30 – 4:30 PM / CC BALLROOM C3

Followed by:

Meet and Greet John Jacobson
Pender’s Booth – Elementary Section (near booth #1620)
5:00pm – 6:00pm

In the meantime, did you see John’s debut on the Ellen DeGeneres show? For Ellen’s birthday, he went to the show’s studio and taught her staff the routine to “Double Dream Hands” (aka Planet Rock by Jacobson & Huff). He then led them in a surprise performance that was aired on January 26, 2011. John and his routine has garnered quite a following: it has been recreated, spoofed and posted many, many times on YouTube.

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View other John/Ellen “Double Dream Hands” videos on our YouTube channel, and on our Facebook page, under the YouTube tab….see you on Friday, February 11th @ TMEA!

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Elementary Music Mondays, the series, will post to www.pendersbuzz.com a couple of times a month, with information from our staff, our publisher partners, guest bloggers and more. Come back to this site, or access it from our main Home Page, to find out the latest buzz!

Piano Teaching and YouTube

The core job description of Piano Teaching has not really changed over the years. If you’re an independent piano teacher, with your own teaching studio, you know what’s included in the qualities that define a good teacher. Beyond the obvious music skills required for the job, and the required equipment (physical space and a piano); you must have good communication skills, be organized, flexible, and willing to work perhaps long and variable hours. In most cases, you need to be able to work with all kinds of people, at all ages – beginners, intermediate students, and advanced-level pupils.  And in order to keep up with the times, you need to be open to new technology, and embrace it in ways that maybe twenty years ago would’ve been surprising to you. Computers and all means of digital media are here to stay, and media, in general, continues to embed itself further into our lives every day. And piano teaching with media is no different.

Most every popular piano method today includes a CD, which particularly helps with a student’s home practice. Now, beyond the CDs, you can go to another source, that can give YOU teaching tips when you need them. Videos. YouTube videos. One good example is the Alfred Premier Piano Course. It now has an entire series of YouTube videos online, that include highlights performed by Dennis Alexander and more, from the entire Premier library, including the full range of Lesson and Performance books, as well as an array of related Technique Tips videos.

Piano Teachers, watch these helpful teaching tips from Alfred‘s Premier Piano Course, co-author, Dennis Alexander:

Premier Piano Lesson 1A and  Performance 1A
Performed by Dennis Alexander, featuring Lily
I Like Soccer [Perf 1A pg. 30]
Time to Celebrate
[Lesson 1A pg. 62]

 


Premier Piano Lesson 1B
Performed by Dennis Alexander
Butterfly [pg. 25]
My Sombrero
[pg. 40]
It’s a Brand New Day
[pg. 46]

 


Premier Piano Lesson 2A
Performed by Dennis Alexander
Au Clair de la Lune [pg. 8]
The Food Court
[
pg. 10]
Qwerty [
pg. 21]


Premier Piano Lesson 2B
Performed by Dennis Alexander
Pirates at Sea [pg. 16]
Over the Rainbow
[
pg. 38]
Fiesta de Espana
[pg. 46]

 

Premier Piano Lesson 2B
Performed by Dennis Alexander featuring Eliana
Science Fair [pg. 25]
Over the Rainbow
[
pg. 38]
Island Calypso
[pg. 40]

 

Premier Piano Lesson 3
Performed by Dennis Alexander
Midnight at the Museum [pg. 28]
Watercolors [
pg. 37]
La Mia Tarentella
[pg. 38]

 

Premier Piano Lesson 4
Performed by Dennis Alexander
Scenes of Granada [pg. 30]
Premier Sonatina
[
pg. 20]
The Great Smoky Mountains
[pg. 44]

 

Premier Piano Lesson 5
Performed by Dennis Alexander
Sonatina in C Major Opus 36, No. 1 [pg. 32]
Greek Festival
[
pg. 28]
Barcarolle
[pg. 46]

 

Premier Piano Lesson 6
Performed by Dennis Alexander
Toccata ritmico [pg. 24]
Nocturne in Db Major
[
pg. 26]
Festival Fantastico
[pg. 54]

 

To view even more videos from the Alfred Premier Piano Course, including selections from the entire Performance series, as well as Technique Tips, go to our YouTube Channel Playlist, or visit our Facebook Fan Page, and click on the YouTube Tab.