Songbook Ways to Engage
April 27, 2020
This is an ongoing list of engaging content and songbook resources. come back regularly for more content!
WHAT'S COMING UP?
- This masterclass moment - recorded in front of a live audience in July 2019 - features Grace Elliott of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, performing "You've Changed" with music director Tex Arnold.
Five-time Grammy Award nominee and Great American Songbook Foundation founder Michael Feinstein, and Tony-nominated actress Laura Osnes work with Michael to tell a story outside of the context of a show, and how to both physicalize and find the joy in telling the story.
Tune in for fresh episodes every Monday at 7:30pm EDT on the Songbook Academy’s Facebook page and Instagram TV channel! Learn more about the new video series at TheSongbook.org/Masterclass-Moments -
The Songbook Academy
This year's Top 40 Songbook Academy finalists have been announced! Starting Saturday, May 30th we'll introduce you to one student a day on our Facebook page. Read the press release here.
Songbook Tuesday Trivia
Here’s how it works: There are 5 questions about each week’s choice artist, composer or lyricist. The first person to answer all five questions correctly will receive a personal shout out on the Songbook Foundation’s Facebook page as the Songbook Trivia Champion.
All levels of Songbook aficionados are welcome. You don’t have to be an expert to play! #SongbookTriviaTuesday is a chance to learn about an artist you don’t know much about, or the perfect opportunity to take a trip down memory lane with the timeless voices and melodies that make up your life’s soundtrack. Join the Songbook Foundation every Tuesday night on our Facebook page! -
ELLA SINGS THE SONGBOOK VIRTUAL EXHIBIT
"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong." - Ella Fitzgerald
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 interpreting works by the most beloved composers of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood: Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, and Johnny Mercer.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSIC APPRECIATION MONTH
African-American Music Appreciation Month (AAMAM) is celebrated every June. This month, the Great American Songbook Foundation is celebrating the artists and songs that have contributed to our unique American soundscape and cultural history.
In this introductory blog, we share the history of AAMAM; highlights of five African-American artists from the Songbook era; and offer educational resources about AAMAM and our featured artists.
ARCHIVES UPDATE PLAYLIST
We've started a weekly Archives update with our archivist, Lisa Lobdell. Whether it is emergency planning or an exciting new find, these updates are worth following on our Facebook page every Friday. View all of our updates thus far here.
Take a virtual tour of the Great American Songbook Archives with our archivist, Lisa.
PERFECT HARMONY TAKE HOME ACTIVITIES
With our Perfect Harmony program's sessions canceled until May 11th, we've created an had to get creative with how we share the healing power of music. We've created an ongoing blog with music activities that can be utilized in assisted living facilities or your home! Find activities here.
SONGBOOK SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS
We've curated a few playlists of Songbook tunes that were hand selected by our staff with consideration to what you and your families are going through right now. Whether you need a playlist of songs to calm your anxiety and put a smile on your face or a playlist to entertain the kiddos with cabin fever in your life, we've got you covered!
Click the images to enjoy.
CONVERSATIONS AND MUSIC WITH MICHAEL FEINSTEIN
Join the Great American Songbook Foundation's founder, Michael Feinstein, in partnership with BroadwayWorld for "Conversations and Music with Michael Feinstein." Every day at 6pm ESP they'll be sharing videos with you showcasing rare items from his archives, conversation, and musical performances.
#CarmelCares and so do we! We are proud to be part of this community-wide initiative to stay connected. The belief is that together we are stronger even when we are apart. Stay tuned for resources and ways to engage throughout the coming weeks from Carmel’s finest!
#CarmelIndiana #INthistogether #IndyKeepsCreating #SingtheSongbook
Learn more about the Carmel Cares initiative below and like and follow their Facebook and Twitter (@CarmelCaresIN) pages to stay up-to-date!
LYRIC WRITING ACTIVITY
Have you ever written a song? Well, now is your chance...because today, we’re teaching a quick lesson in lyric writing!
There are great composers like George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Duke Ellington who wrote the music to some of our favorite Songbook tunes, while lyricists like Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Gus Kahn and Cole Porter (who wrote music and lyrics) would focus on the words that really tell the listener a story.
Today is your chance to re-write the lyrics to the tune of two children’s songs you’ll likely know by heart. Scroll through the picture below for a step by step activity that you can do at home with the whole family. When you’re done, share your lyrics with your family, and feel free to record your song and tag us on Facebook @songbookfoundation.
Click Write a Song or the picture below to view the activity.
TEACHING NOTES BLOG
This is an ongoing blog series written by GASF docent and teacher, Sue Ackley. Sue focuses on the political musicals of our current gallery exhibit, Of Thee I Sing: Politics on Stage. Use these blogs to teach politics through a musical theater lens! Read this month's blog about 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and My Dearest Enemy here.
"MAY THE GOOD LORD BLESS AND KEEP YOU"
Our staff felt compelled to share a message of hope during this difficult time, and a reminder that music is a universal language that brings us closer together no matter our current state of social-distancing. Hear Chris Lewis, Renée La Schiazza and Chelsea Reynowsky sing a tune by the great Meredith Willson here.
The Songbook Academy is preparing to roll-out a new virtual series of archival footage from the past ten years of the program. Focusing on masterclasses with celebrity guest mentors such as Michael Feinstein, Broadway's Laura Osnes and American television writer and producer Marc Cherry, the series will premiere a new segment every Monday night as an opportunity for both entertainment AND education. This series will begin on Monday, May 11th and will debut on the Songbook Academy's Facebook page and Instagram TV.
LEARN SOMETHING NEW ( VIRTUAL RESOURCES )
While you're stuck in quarantine, hone your acting, dancing, musicianship skills or learn an instrument! We've compiled a resource list for you to to pick up new skills and become inspired while you're stuck at home. You never know what you're capable of until you try it.
Graduates of the 2020 class deserve a little extra praise for their accomplishments. The Songbook Academy graduates of 2020 are no exception! We are proud of each student graduating this year and have created a spotlight for these deserving alums on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
See all of our Songbook Seniors at https://thesongbook.org/songbook-seniors
SONGBOOK SCREENING BLOG
As we kick into the screening process, we took a moment to offer some behind-the-scenes highlights of the process and our adjudication team. Read about the Songbook screening process here.
SONGBOOK ACADEMY COVERS
We're encouraging our alums to keep making music during this challenging time by asking them to submit their own covers of Songbook tunes via Instagram (follow us at @songbookacademy to see all of the covers)! Hear one of our first submissions by 2012 alum Eleri Ward here.
During our "The Music Man" watch party, we debuted 2017-'18 alum, Zoë Stewart, singing her version of "Lida Rose". Click "Lida Rose" to hear her cover! (spoiler alert: it's beautiful)
ALUM Q&A WITH MICHAEL FEINSTEIN
2018-'19 alum, Coen Sosa, performed with Michael Feinstein on the West coast at the end of February. We made sure he had the chance to sit down with Michael for a backstage Q&A.