Singing Recommendations

Singing Repertoire Recommendations

Title: The ‘Songs for EVERY’ series

Publisher: Out of the Ark

Format: Book / CD Rom / Online Interactive Player

Level: Primary

Why we love it:

This song series is full of engaging, catchy material for just about any singing situation! Not only that, but each song comes with activity ideas and curriculum links to really make the most of your singing sessions. The songs are really well-written for children’s voices, in appropriate vocal ranges and containing the right level of technical challenge. With a range of delivery options including sheet music, backing tracks, or full interactive digital player, these songs can be delivered by any teacher, no matter what their level of music confidence.

Title: ‘Voiceworks’ series

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Format: Book & CD

Level: All levels

Why we love it:

This series of books contains extremely high-quality but accessible contemporary choral repertoire and arrangements. The large number of titles in the series means that there’s sure to be a book that suits your choir or class. We particularly like Voiceworks 1 and Junior Voiceworks for use with KS2 and KS3. With warm-up tips, performance and backing tracks, and teaching ideas built in, these books provide a complete resource for choral singing – AND they’re photocopiable too!

Title: Singing Games and Rhymes for Early Years

Publisher: National Youth Choir of Scotland

Format: Book & CD

Level: Early Years

Why we love it:

This is a brilliant resource for Early Years teachers, with lots of fantastic, simple repertoire for use with younger children. This resource takes an easy, non-fussy approach to early years singing, and the accompanying CD means that you don’t have to be a singing expert to be able to use the resource!

Title: Sing Up Magazine

Publisher: Sing Up

Format: Magazine/CD or Digital Magazine

Level: Primary & Secondary

Why we love it:

This is a great all-round resource containing songs, lesson plans, articles and advice on all aspects of singing. The magazine includes both primary and secondary information, and could therefore be used as a tool to aid transition between KS2 and KS3.

Title: Choral Basics

Publisher: Faber

Format: Sheet Music

Level: Secondary

Why we love it:

These two and three part arrangements cover a range of styles including classical, gospel, folk and pop. Available in mixed voice and upper voice versions, these arrangements are singable, catchy, and challenging in parts. The ideal introduction to choral singing in secondary schools.

Title: Trinity Rock & Pop

Publisher: Trinity College London

Format: Book & CD  / Digital Download

Level: Secondary

Why we love it:

This repertoire is designed to support the Trinity Rock & Pop graded exam syllabus for solo singers, however it also provides a fantastic classroom resource for unison singing.  With songs from every period of rock and pop history, there is a great range of familiar and less well-known material, all helpfully graded so that you can create singing progression. The digital download library is added to on an ongoing basis, with the aim that it will contain songs that are ‘current’ , providing a ‘safe’ option for including student’s repertoire suggestions in your singing sessions.