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date: 13 June 2021

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Pop choral music has changed during the 21st century due to the enormous popularity of contemporary a cappella and commercial network TV shows such as Glee, The Voice, The Choir, The Sing-Off, American Idol, and the Clash of the Choirs. Choir students watch these shows and are influenced by them in terms of vocal tone, repertoire, showmanship, and competitive spirit. What is the proper pedagogical response? Should the media shape/influence choral pedagogy, or should traditional pedagogy develop the pop-influenced singer? This chapter addresses these questions and includes viewpoints of choral teachers throughout the age and experience spectra—from first-year teachers who are very familiar with these shows to competition-winning show choir directors and leaders in the field of choral music who have witnessed the effects of these programs on choral interest, enrollment, attitudes, and achievement in school choral programs.

Keywords: pop choral music, repertoire, contemporary a cappella, Glee, The Voice, American Idol

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