How Shows Like Glee & American Idol Affect High School Choral Programs

Shannon Elam June 1st, 2011 7th Period Have you ever watched “Glee”, “American Idol”, or “The Voice”? If you have, how do you think these shows affect high school choral programs in the U. S.? In my opinion, they do have some affect. High school choral programs have improved tremendously thanks to these shows. I also believe that these shows have made more students interested in being a part of the choir or even theatre. Let’s get more into what the shows are about. Glee is a musical comedy-drama television series that airs on FOX.

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It touches in the high school glee club New Directions competing on the show choir competition circuit, while its members deal with relationships, sexuality and social issues. I personally have never watched Glee before, but I do hear that it is a great show; I just haven’t found interest in it yet. Maybe if I watch one show, I will! With Glee, even though I’ve never seen it before, I think that it does address topics such as vocal tone, intonation, dynamics and performance. I believe it addresses performances extremely well.

From the commercials and previews I’ve seen, they are always performing and doing very well! Now with American Idol, this show is one of my favorites and I know that this show is all about vocal tone, dynamics, etc. American Idol is a reality television singing competition created by Simon Fuller which began airing on FOX on June 11th, 2002. The program aims to discover the best singer in the country where the winner is determined by the viewers. The contestants have to make it to Hollywood and then perform a new song each week until they are either voted off or win!

The Voice. Personally, I’ve never seen or even heard of this show! The Voice is a multinational television talent show franchise. It is basically another singing competition, held in various countries, which pits contestants against each other. These contestants are aspiring pop singers drawn from public auditions. I don’t know too much about it but I’m sure it follows the same topics as the other shows. Do these shows represent real life situations? Yes, I believe they do! On Glee it shows how teens deal with the “Glee life” and relationships, sexuality and social issues.

Sounds just like high school to me! On American Idol, it shows how real life people go to compete against other singers. So that would definitely represent a real life situation. And I’ve never seen the voice, but that too is based on reality, so it’s pretty much something like American Idol. All of these shows represent real life situations very well. From the drama, the tears, and the smiles, they all have become fantastic shows that have helped improve choral programs across the United States. In what ways could these shows be incorporated into the chorus classroom?

Well, I think a good way to incorporate this into the classroom is to maybe do something like American Idol just for fun. Or you could do it to help some shy singers build up their confidence. A way that Glee is already incorporated into the classroom is something called Show Choir. I was in Show Choir and loved every minute of it. The dancing, singing, and a little bit of acting was so much fun! Also, there is theater. Theater is another form of Glee, plus schools have musicals, which is what Glee is.

Once again, I’ve never seen The Voice, but if it is something like American Idol, then I pretty much have the same concept with that show. In the classroom, we could set up little competitions. It would boost confidence and also inspire students to try to be on shows like this in the future. Well this is what I think of these shows. They are great shows that are improving chorus classrooms across the world. Whoever came up with creating them had a very good idea. And so we should thank those people tremendously.


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