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Spotlights, Weekly Columns, Interviews and more from the Great American Songbook Foundation family!

10/16/2020
Introduction to Campaign Music
At the surface level, it might seem like music’s role in politics is just a convenient way to begin or end a political rally. However, history has shown us otherwise. Political songs have been used for hundreds of years to bolster the image of politicians running for office.
10/14/2020
Viral Videos & Politics | Teaching Notes
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10/7/2020
Today's Song: "Someone Like You"
I’m going contemporary with my next all-time favorite selection. The song is “Someone Like You.” The artist is Adele. Perhaps no other singer/songwriter of this era has been able to capture and communicate the emotions associated with love and loss as Adele.
9/30/2020
Patriotism & Politics | Teaching Notes
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9/23/2020
Top Ten Tips for a Successful Self-Tape
In today's world of virtual auditioning and performing, it's important to have the right tools for creating a professional self-tape. Check out these tips to make you shine!
9/18/2020
Songbook Foundation Spotlights: Jan Reabe and Griffin Scott
The Great American Songbook Foundation is proud to offer internship positions for young professionals in school development programs. We partner with the IUPUI museum studies program and with high school students who  have interest in professional development.
9/18/2020
Donor Spotlight: Peggy Ford
Peggy Ford is a Mentor Champion and Board Member who is passionate about the Songbook Academy, the Songbook Foundation’s summer music intensive for high school students, and offering financial support to students in need.
9/17/2020
The Unsinkable Meredith Willson
An exhibit devoted to Meredith Willson’s (creator of The Music Man) long career in entertainment from its humble beginnings in Mason City, Iowa. This exhibit features materials from the Meredith Willson collection housed in the Songbook Foundation’s archives.
9/15/2020
Politics on Stage - Teaching Notes
Welcome to Teaching Notes - a blog series written by a teacher to help other teachers #TeachtheSongbook. 
9/14/2020
Of Thee I Sing: Politics on the American Musical Stage
We invite you to explore the story of politics on the American stage from Gershwin's 'Of Thee I Sing' to Lin Manuel-Miranda's 'Hamilton: An American Musical'.
9/13/2020
Ella Sings the Songbook
Ella Sings the Songbook focuses on a celebrated series of eight albums recorded for Verve Records in the 1950s and '60s, when the respected jazz singer took a new and highly successful direction...
9/12/2020
The Andrews Sisters: Queens of the Jukebox
The Andrews Sisters. The name conjures indelible images: soldiers listening to a jukebox in the canteen; packed theaters with rabid fans jitterbugging in the aisles; and a brass-voiced trio of lanky women in chiffon dresses and bouffant hairdos.