Bad News: Glee Inspires ASU Students to Start Show Choir at Local High School

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Sobering news from Arizona State University's newspaper today: ASU students are starting Glee-inspired clubs in several area schools.

It's apparently not enough to watch the awful show, or to call yourself by the insufferable sobriquet "Gleek" anymore. Now, you've gotta actually inflict showtunes upon the masses to prove your undying dedication to Mr. S.

So we have this group of ASU kids "inspired by the hit TV show" going out to several area schools to start up show choirs. The high school kids, it seems, also like the show and want to be just like it.

Presumably, the ASU students will realize the kids they recruit and train are not all adorable little caricatures of themselves who get into humorous but easily solvable little pickles every week then quit halfway through the semester, claiming to be buried under schoolwork.

That will be funny because they go to ASU so, really, how much schoolwork can they have?

ANYWAY, the group has a ridiculous name -- "GLEEders" -- and claims to be "mentors." Their targets are students at Corona Del Sol High School and middle school students from the Tempe area, said Amanda Nguyen, a junior at ASU who founded the group.

The show choirs will perform popular songs featured on Glee with choreography. The State Press says to expect songs like "Defying Gravity" from Wicked, and "Rehab" by Rihanna.

Also maybe that one about how I bust the windows out your car? That's a good message for kids. You know, with the grammar and the booty, and the smashing and all. Right?

I, for one, am super happy kids are listening to that stuff. What better message to send them than to make it seem appropriate to "bust out" someone's windows because you considered him or her to be a potential romantic partner and he or she dared look at someone else.

Alas, it gets worse:

Nguyen said she hopes this mentorship program will develop committed leadership to make an ASU student show choir possible by fall 2011.

A show choir made up of ASU students wasn't possible this semester because college student have difficulty making such a large time commitment, Nguyen said.

Glee inspired Nguyen, originally a biological chemistry major, to change her major to theater and business with a minor in dance and to start GLEEders this semester.

"Glee helped me realize [to] just go with your passion," Nguyen said.

Speaking as a tax-paying 30-year-old and someone who will depend on the success of these Millenials to pay me back my social security money, I'm not overjoyed to learn these kids are giving up on biochem to take college classes on how to sing and dance. Stop me if you've heard this one before...

But, hey, it's her passion! That do-gooder teacher on the show would be so proud!


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Nope.
Nope.

I was actually apart of this. I joined Glee Club. lol But it totally wasn't the way this article describes it. And this article makes Amanda sound like a crazy ass bitch. hahah She's kind of the coolest chick I've ever met. She's so sweet and she goes out of her way to make sure other people are happy and equipped with what they need to be successful. I personally HATE glee. It sucks, it's overrated, it gives me migraines because it's so annoying. The choir wasn't...at all....like the show...nor were we trying to be. It was just a choir. lol

Music student
Music student

Wow... you really have something against music majors. You've also bought into a lot of the stereotypes about them. I don't know how you can justify trying to quell a passion for music and an outlet for that passion at a university. And, of course, you brought up your disdain for the music degree again in your comments. I just don't get your point. Are you really trying to "save" students from ending up jobless? Or does the resentment stem from somewhere else?

Anyway, on topic... I'm a music major, I know Amanda Nguyen, and I'm extremely proud of what she's done. I think that having a glee club at ASU is an incredible idea! And it's not to imitate the show. I do watch the show. It's addictive, but I admit it's trite and corny. But music and singing aren't. I hope this program flourishes and that we see lots more programs like this!

Cartin Mizmar
Cartin Mizmar

This and the other article give me the impression that you had some sort of bad experience in the music program of your school.

Bruce Walker
Bruce Walker

As a music educator, I actually find this terribly disturbing that you would sit here and bash an honest attempt in bringing an aspect of music education into the school. Have your reservations about the show all you want, but to do at the expense of honest students trying to promote MORE music education in the school has no ground.

I would type a longer, more opinionated answer, however; after reading your other comments about the ASU Mariachi program, it's definitely not worth my time.

Corey Nagle
Corey Nagle

God forbid these high school kids get some secondary benefits from being around kids enrolled in college like, I don't know, help with homework, the motivation/inspiration to go to college, and get a maybe even get a good job to help support you in your golden years. But I like how you took something popular and poo-pooed all over it. Never seen that one before. Well done, really.

tdhurst
tdhurst

Yeah, what assholes would want to sing, dance and have a gay ol' time to showtunes? While I don't watch the show, I've heard enough chatter from those that do to know it's a helluva fun time.

Better this than emulating Jersey Shore, perhaps. Or learning how to be anti-social and critical and score a gig where you're paid to make fun of people for a living.

I will probably never participate or hear these kids sing, but I'm happy to see them doing something fun.

MM
MM

The fact that this is tagged with "losers" made me giggle.

j.t.
j.t.

Funny. As a music blogger, I would hope that you would support any attempt to keep music and performance art in schools. Forget that it's a "Glee" thing and remember that music programs are being cut from local schools like weeds. If this is the only exposure these kids have to music and performance art, I don't really care if it's coming from a mindless TV show.

Kathy Cano-Murillo
Kathy Cano-Murillo

"Speaking as a tax-paying 30-year-old and someone who will depend on the success of these Millenials to pay me back my social security money, I'm not overjoyed to learn these kids are giving up on biochem to take college classes on how to sing and dance."OK, did you intend to sound like (a younger/male) Sue Sylvester? I think you need to send that in for the show's script. Classic!

Joe Distort
Joe Distort

oh dear christ...chalk this one up on the "we vehemently agree with each other" side of the board.

i vote for the sobriquet 'gleetards'

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

That's a good point, actually. I *do* support the high school angle of it, I think music makes for a great extracurricular... I think it's a bit silly to take this show so seriously though and I think it's very dangerous to look at music as a career when it should be a hobby.... You shouldn't major in your "passion" necessarily -- you should major in what will pay your bills so you can pursue your passion.

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

I've always assumed Sylvester was the show's beloved protagonist? She's certainly the most accomplished character and she's by far the funniest ;-)

tdhurst
tdhurst

Perhaps they'd be better off learning how to write for alternative newspapers. We know that definitely has a future.

tdhurst
tdhurst

Hey, more power to you if you choose to fantasize about me. Or maybe you can't help it. Either way, if you want a signed pic or something, you let me know.

John Smith
John Smith

I really hope you are not trying to open that can of worms again. You are already a disliked person among the music school from your Mariachi article. Just to let you know, the new ensemble program is working very well, and we just had a very successful Mariachi concert alongside the Symphony Orchestra. Personally I think you should look into writing about public policy, politics, or another lame topic instead of continually insulting people who are pursuing their passions and actually turning them into a career. Time and time again I have heard the adage of doing what you love. Perhaps you hold some resentment towards these people because you are stuck writing for the Phoenix New Times rather than something more interesting. I could be wrong in this case if you do actually enjoy upsetting people.

Kathy Cano-Murillo
Kathy Cano-Murillo

Yes, but no matter how much she tries to foil the dreams of glee students, no matter how witty her disses, she never wins. That's what makes the show engaging. We've all been the underdog at one point in time or another. The payoff is seeing the outcasts conquer despite all the odds. Your post totally reinforces that and is a nice lead in to the new season! Thank for that, and good luck to the ASU students! :-)

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

Well, here's how I look at it... the show isn't over yet and, yes, Sue has had some setbacks but there's still time for her to succeed in getting attention for the kids she works so hard with and for instead of having their spotlight stolen by those attention-whoring Glee club brats. We don't know if she "never wins," just that she hasn't yet!

She's still way funnier than anyone else, though.

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