“A Different Kind of Goose Bump”

Charles Beale

in The Oxford Handbook of Choral Pedagogy

Published in print April 2017 | ISBN: 9780199373369
Published online March 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780199373383 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

“A Different Kind of Goose Bump”

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This chapter examines the musical practices and procedures of choruses such as the famous Gay Men’s Chorus within the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) communities of the United States and Europe, and more specifically the discourse in and around them. It focuses on choral pedagogy as it is found in such ensembles and communities, drawing on the literature and first-hand accounts from singers, conductors and audience members, and examines what they uniquely value in their singing. Specific questions include: what is a good sound for an early MTF (male to female) transgender singer? Is it good to have female tenors in your ensemble, and if so, how many? How does the meaning of a song change for singers and audience when sung by a group of 250 gay men? How does that inflect the way in which that song should be taught to the singers? In short, is there a queer choral pedagogy?

Keywords: LGBTQ; MTF; transgender singer; Gay Men’s Chorus; queer choral pedagogy

Article.  8275 words. 

Subjects: Music Education and Pedagogy

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