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The Art and Craft of Singing a Song: Tell Me a Story! Sing Me a Song!

Posted on: September 11, 2010

Tell me a story!  Sing me a song!

I believe that each person is an ARTIST and that each person’s LIFE is his or her own WORK OF ART.  I know that some people have a gift for beautifully and meaningfully communicating life experiences through song, but I also know that EVERYONE has a valid and valuable story to tell.

Within the Art of Cabaret (where I have focused my artistic efforts), I define CABARET as the art of  telling stories through song.

Over the years I’ve taken many classes that could all fit under the umbrella of “The Art of Singing a Song,” and I have compiled a method for working on the songs I sing.

I was talking to my friend Michael recently about our processes for crafting a song for performance and he’s inspired me to share what I’ve come up with.  Sharing is the right thing to do since most steps written in the process were gifts from my many Master Teachers.

Use what works for you and throw out the rest.  Discovering your own process will enhance your enjoyment and the quality of your efforts in sharing the joys of song and Singable Picture Books.  It is great fun to sing but the experience is all the more enhanced by knowing about what you are singing, why you are singing, and why it matters.

The basic outline of this process is:

  1. Answer the Questions:
    Sit down and fill in the blanks so that the answers fill up both your conscious and unconscious mind with knowledge and understanding.
    For Emily’s Song Craft Worksheet, click here:
    Emily’s Song Craft Worksheet
  2. Do What You’re Told:
    Stand up and do the exercises so that the experience of even just going through the motions (although it really is better to put your heart and soul into it) will give you a feeling of achievement and “I’ve done this before.”
  3. Hush Up and Sing:
    This is the hardest part.  Let it all go and fly free. You do the work and trust that it is there, engaging your subconscious and flowing through you and over you like a river over a water fall.


To view or print this page, click here:
Emily’s Song Craft Worksheet

This worksheet is also found on my SING ALONG AND PRINT MATERIALS page:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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Addendum 2/19/2014 and March 2014

I have crafted a  HOW TO SING A SONG FOR PERFORMANCE OR JUST FOR FUN activity for the Girl Scout Juniors of Troop 2740 in Arlington, VA for them to earn the MUSICIAN BADGE.

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HOW TO SING A SONG FOR PERFORAMNCE OR JUST FOR FUN (A PRIMER BY EMILY GLEICHENHAUS)
On the Sing Books with Emily blog:

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/how-to-sing-a-song-for-performance-or-just-for-fun-a-primer-by-emily-gleichenhaus-mrs-g/

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HOW TO SING A SONG (a primer by Mrs. G) cover only
How to Sing a Song for Performance or Just for Fun (a Primer)
By Emily Gleichenhaus, Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this document, click here:
HOW TO SING A SONG (a primer by Mrs. G)

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Addendum 2/19/2014

Red Skelton talking about and breaking down the meaning of the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, it’s like a little master class in HOW TO SING A SONG.  Click the link and the video is there.

https://archive.org/details/PledgeOfAllegiance

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Related Posts

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HOW TO SING A SONG FOR PERFORMANCE OR JUST FOR FUN
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/how-to-sing-a-song-for-performance-or-just-for-fun-a-primer-by-emily-gleichenhaus-mrs-g/

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Musings on Singing HURRY IT’S LOVELY UP HERE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/musings-on-singing-hurry-its-lovely-up-here/

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Using TWINKLE LITTLE STAR to Earn Girl Scout Performer Badge
Including: How to Sing a Song for Performance or Just for Fun, Many Songs/One Twinkly Tune, Entrance/Comportment/Microphone Technique and Song Performance Worksheet for Kids
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/using-twinkle-little-star-to-earn-girl-scout-performer-badge/

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MUSICIAN BADGE with Mrs. G, Meeting Activities, for Girl Scout Juniors Troop 2740
Including: How to Sing a Song for Performance or Just for Fun, 400 Years of Songs, and Singable Hike in Washington, DC
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/musician-badge-with-mrs-g/

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MUSICIAN BADGE with Mrs. G for Girl Scout Juniors Troop 2740, the Singable Hike in Washington, DC
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/musician-badge-with-mrs-g-the-singable-hike-in-washington-dc/

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Using TWINKLE LITTLE STAR to Earn Girl Scout Performer Badge
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/using-twinkle-little-star-to-earn-girl-scout-performer-badge/

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SONG PERFORMANCE WORKSHEET FOR KIDS FOR SING BOOKS WITH EMILY

Song performance worksheet for kids

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Resources for Sheet Music (Online, in Print, Commercial and Free)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/online-resources-for-sheet-music-commercial-and-free/

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Girl Scouts Songs for Troop 2740 Songbook Resources Page
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/girl-scouts-songs-troop-2740/

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MANY SONGS, ONE TWINKLY TUNE
Twinkle, ABC, Baa are only 3 of the many songs that use the same familiar tune
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/abc-twinkle-star-baa-blacksheep-singable-books-and-all-the-fix-ins-and-a-youre-adorable-too/

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GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK WITH MRS. G AND FRIENDS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/girl-scout-songbook-w-mrs-g-friends/

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GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK W MRS. G & FRIENDS (A GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK FOR EVERYONE)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/girl-scout-songbook-w-mrs-g-friends/

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On Miyazaki Cabaret Update: DC and Beyond

A sweet blog post and comments from his readers about my “Song Craft” post from Michael Miyazaki and his wonderful cabaret blog,
Miyazaki Cabaret Update: DC and Beyond, read his post and reader comments, here:
http://cabaretdc.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/thank-you-emily/#comments

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Mapping the Colosseum’s Underworld and the Benefits of Pencil and Paper for Creating Art

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/14/mapping-the-colosseums-underworld-and-the-benefits-of-pencil-and-paper-for-creating-art/

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INFO AND THINKING ABOUT SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS 
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/resources-for-inspiration-and-information/

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REASON TO SING (THE HIPPOPOTAMUS SONG):
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/reason-to-sing-the-hippopotamus-song/

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