Don’t Stop Believin’, Jump, Somebody to Love, Sweet Caroline, Can’t Fight This Feeling — these songs have two things in common:
- They have all been performed on the hit television show Glee
- They are all featured in J.W. Pepper’s 2010-2011 Editors’ Choice choral series.
I took some time today to listen to some of the incredible arrangements that have emerged in the newest recordings and found myself pondering the significance of shows such as High School Musical and Glee from a music education standpoint.
I read that a poll by the National Association for Music Education this past February showed that 43 percent of choral directors surveyed saw an increase in interest amongst students to join their ensembles due to the popularity of Glee. I have also read several stories about students who never would have thought to audition for show choir before becoming suddenly eager to join, citing Glee as their inspiration for doing so. This made me wonder how many Pepper customers have experienced the “Glee” phenomenon and whether or not you feel it has helped not only to increase student interest, but also to garner support from school administrators and parents. Have there been any shifts in attitude toward your choral programs? Have you noticed any changes in confidence and self-esteem amongst your choir members? Have you had to explain to your students that they won’t be able to pull off a stellar rendition from the moment you pass the sheet music out to them? I would love to hear your stories and opinions on this subject. Please feel free to submit them via the Comments form below.
Click here to see a partial list of titles available from Glee.