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This is NOT Your Grandfather's Barbershop Music!

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Kenny Wiser

on 30 October 2016

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This is NOT Your Grandfather's Barbershop Music!
Where Are the Men?
Now THAT'S Barbershop!
Old vs. New
Session Overview
You Are Not Alone!
Kenny Wiser
Choral Director - Provo High School
Assistant Director - Saltaires Barbershop Chorus

Grandpa's Barbershop vs. Today's Barbershop
Where are the men?
In the Classroom
On the Stage
What to Sing?
You are not alone
Out of Tune
Old-Fashioned and
Out-dated Songs
Old Guys in a Barbershop
Poor Vocal Technique
Stereotypical Perceptions
In Tune
Contemporary Look
and Sound
Exciting and Entertaining
Healthy Singing
Why Do/Don't Men Sing in Choir?
Part of a team
Be part of something successful
Challenging/Quality music
Have fun!

Preservation of masculine identity
"Cool" factor
Singing as a social pursuit
Pressure of athletic teams
How Can Barbershop Help?
Music that lets them show off
Let them be "guys”
Portable performance
Singers become independent musicians
Harmony in the hallway
Men will start recruiting each other
Confidence inside and outside class
Girls always cheer for men’s choir

How do I do it at my School?
Open to grades 7 - 12
Start a "Tag Club"
Have a school quartet
Sing the National Anthem
Include barbershop charts in warm-up or repertoire
Before/After school or during lunch
Short codas taught and sung by rote
Good ear training
Fun to sing
Great recruiting tool
Great Solfège tool
Where do I Find Tags?
Classic Tags (full download at barbershop.org)
Advanced Search
Tag Master (iOS, Android, and Windows)
Afterglow (iOS)
Sing Barbershop Tags (iOS)
Getting Started
Find/Make the Time
Quick Win
-Sing tags
Big Audience
-National Anthem
Close Harmony
is Cool!
Avoid Moving too Fast
-Hook them with easy songs, and then progress to more challenging songs.
In the Classroom
On the Stage
What to Sing?
- "Sing" - "Get Music"
Free and Easy
Polecat Program
Classic Tags
Modern arrangements by Kirby Shaw and Deke Sharon
Arranger fee + per copy fee
Close Harmony for Men
Four-part, a capella vocal music in a predominantly homophonic texture
The melody is consistently sung by the Lead (Tenor 2), the bass singing the lowest notes, the Tenor (Tenor 1) harmonizing above the melody, and the baritone completing the chord.
Features songs with understandable lyrics and easily singable melodies.

Clearly defined tonal center incorporating major/minor chords and dominant/secondary dominant seventh chords that often resolve around the circle of fifths, while also making use of other resolutions.

Barbershop music also features a balanced and symmetrical form, and a standard meter.

The presentation of barbershop music often uses choreography and emphasizes the impact of the visual to elevate the theme of a song and create an entertaining experience.
Accompanied music
More or less than FOUR vocal parts (even in choruses)
Melody in Tenor 1 or Baritone or Bass primarily
Extended non-homophonic textures
Jazz harmonies and ambiguous tonalities
Music without circle-of-fifth progressions
Music with vocal percussion effects
Songs in a language other than English
Is Not
Reading music with solfege
Performance recordings
Learning tracks
Quartet teaching method
Try to always work a cappella
Teach chord function and tuning
Tune roots and 5ths first to get an audible ringing overtone.
Match the vowels and be sure the signing is free, well-supported, and resonant.
Add 3rd’s next and tune them so they align with the overtone series (lower than the piano for a major 3rd but often higher than the singer wants to sing it!)
Add 7th’s next and tune them so that they ring with the major chord.
The melody should always stay true to the key center.
Diminished chords should be equally balanced, and major and minor chords should be root-5th predominant.
Chord Function
and Tuning
Roots and 5ths are strong and ringing
3rds and 7ths tuned justly
Diminished chords balanced equally
Order of tuning: Octaves, 5ths, 3rds, then 7ths
“Rhythm Songs” stay in a steady tempo
“Ballads” can be sung with molto rubato
Use the text/rhythm/harmony to make your decisions what to hold longer or shorter.
Use your imagination to decide.
Should be natural and fun
Can be planned or “free style”
Should enhance the story of the text
Should support the musical ideas being sung
May include hands, arms, face, and body
Be creative and use your tasteful intuition
Rhythmic Interpretation
Start Easy
Sweet Adelines International
Barbershop Harmony Society
Youth Harmony Programs
Youth Chorus Festival
YouSing Contest
Collegiate Quartet Contest
Harmony Marketplace
Harmony University
Music Educator Guide
National Conferences
Contest Videos/Recordings
Local Chapter/Choruses
Booth, interest, reading session, etc.
Music educator reception with the CEO of the BHS, Marty Monson
The Saltaires (SLC)
The Beehive Statesmen (SLC)
The Skyline Chorus (Lindon)
Mountain West Voices (Provo-BYU)
Color Country Chorus (St. George)
Contest Videos/Recordings
Free Annual Webcast of International Contest (October)
Young Women in Harmony Program
Rising Star Quartet Competition
YWIH Video Chorus Contest
YWIH Educator Kit
Free sheet music!
Justin's Story
-Adapt to their
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