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Looking for advice on starting a Glee Club.

So I've been asked to start a glee club...I teach middle school choir and general music.  Obviously I can teach the songs, BUT  I'm wondering what music works well for this, should I just do solos?  This may sound dumb, but do I need to purchase sheet music for all songs?  What are any copyright issues I should watch out for?  The teacher and principal who came up with the idea seem to think this will be 'glorified karaoke' and the kids can simply sing any song they want that is on the radio.  I will only see the kids 1x/week and there are no auditions AND only 10 kids signed up, half of which are NOT in my choirs so I have no idea if they can sing.  
Sorry for all the questions, but I want to be as prepared as I can be!  
Thanks in advance for your help!!
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on February 11, 2016 4:40am
I teach music K-6 (so have an upper grade chorus of 4th-6th).  I have too many kids to be able to afford music, binders, etc.  Plus we dance when we sing.  But I've found that when I purchase easy 2-part music, I can teach it to the kids without extra music, particularly when I choose songs they already know such as "Firework" or "Happy," both of which we're doing this semester.  Since they know the words and the basic tune, I can spend my time cleaning up the melodies/harmonies and making sure all the kids know the words.
on February 11, 2016 10:39am
Here are some general thoughts: I’m the Music Director for my church in Los Angeles, we have four choirs, a praise team and a music staff all together about 50 people in total.  Things work a little different for each choir.   We have a mix of voices and musicians that are professionally trained to some that are self-taught along with some that have no type of training at all.   Define your principles and keep to them, always make decisions based on what is best for the entire team, but allow your methods to be flexible for the variety of people you may have to work with.  Remember that you are a leader that may not have all of the answers, make sure you acknowledge your own shortcomings and mistakes, and make it known that imperfections and mistakes are acceptable and expected.  Lastly, remember you must manage yourself as well as others, part of the goal is to be comfortably-organized.  Good luck my friend.
on February 17, 2016 9:55am
Clarification...I am looking for info on glee clubs.  Do you use karaoke cds?  Have them sing mostly solos/duets?  OR do you push to run it nore like choir?
Sorry for any confusion.
on February 17, 2016 12:49pm
Can you please explain exactly what you mean by glee club?  Because to my knowledge, it's current usage in the USA is another term for chorus, often differentiated as men or women only, though not always.  Do you mean something more toward the historical meaning of the term?
 
Kate
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