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Kirby Shaw

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Kirby Shaw

Kirby has made a major impact in choral music education and has shared his musical expertise in 45 states, Canada, Australia, the Bahamas, Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy and South Africa. He has degrees in Music Education and Choral Composition from San Jose State University and a DMA degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington. Dr. Shaw's teaching is infused with a sense of humor and breadth of knowledge that is transmitted in an exciting and highly contagious manner.

Kirby taught in the Mt. Shasta public schools before joining the faculty at College of the Siskiyous in California where he founded and directed the innovative and highly acclaimed COS Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He also directed similar groups at Colorado State University and The University of Missouri-Kansas City and is now directing the Jefferson State Choral Coalition at Southern Oregon University.

Kirby has scatted one-on-one with such noteables as Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Chris Calloway, Jon Hendricks (who once told Kirby...'Man, you don't make mistakes!'), Mark Murphy, legendary guitar player Joe Beck and alto saxophonist Brandon Fields. He has overseen the creation of hundreds of educational recordings, 5 college-university albums and 2 solo albums. Kirby is a member of Just 4 Kicks, a four man a cappella ensemble specializing in Jazz.

A composer/arranger with over 2,500 choral arrangements/compositions in print, Kirby's music is sung around the world and has sold nearly 20 million copies. His most recent commission is for The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This creative and prolific output has resulted in numerous ASCAP awards.

Kirby and his wife, Markita have written an original musical based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol entitled SCROOGICAL, soon to be presented at a quality theater near you! They and their lick-your-face-off pound puppy, Solomon, live in a forest high above Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley.

Songbooks and Collections (See Individual Arrangements)

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Kirby Shaw : Warm-Ups for Pop, Jazz and Show Choirs : Vocal Warm Up Exercises :  : 073999857160 : 08201243

Kirby Shaw : Warm-Ups for Pop, Jazz and Show Choirs

Review: Warming up your choir has never been this much fun! These 18 educational exercises are written in a variety of styles based on American popular music, including Swing, Rock, Jazz and Cajun. They can be sung a cappella, with added vocal or instrumental percussion, or with rhythm section accompaniment. Use these warm-ups to improve intonation, balance and blend, enunciation and vowel unification and to extend vocal ranges. The exercises can also help stimulate creativity by encouraging melodic and rhythmic improvisations, using body movement and incorporating original lyrics. With a healthy dose of affirmative lyrics and lots of room for individual and group creativity, you can't miss!

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6446b | Vocal Warm Up Exercises $2.95 add item to cart Choral Warm-Ups


Kirby Shaw : Kirby Shaw's Soul Clinic : Video : 

Kirby Shaw : Kirby Shaw's Soul Clinic

Review: Kirby keeps busy writing arrangements for Hal Leonard. Somehow, he still finds time to sing and tour with the jazz quartet, Just 4 Kicks, and do side projects, like this video, produced under the auspices of the newly inaugurated A Cappella Foundation. His delightful presence is a great complement to his years of experience as a music educator, and helps the medicine of knowledge go down as sweet as sugar. With an introduction reflecting back to his youth listening to the radio, Kirby vividly illustrates the difference between the white music he first heard, and the black radio he then fell in love with: soul! Along with the studio audience, who demonstrate each example, we are shown how to "mess with the melody," using vocal ornaments such as the appoggiatura, upper and lower neighbor et cetera. In that context, Kirby also imparts information about chord structure, picking out notes within a chord and commenting on their function, right on the fly. All along he reassures us that taking risks is what it's all about. Sixty minutes of fun!

Songlist: Giving Yourself Permission, Vocal Ornamentation, Anticipation, Lower Neighbor, Upper neighbor, Appoggiatura, Passing Tones... and much, much more!, Developing your musical point of view (you are unique), Lyrics are your friend, Word Repetition, Word Painting, Listening Skills... be a detective!

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4805v | Video $12.95 add item to cart


Kirby Shaw : Christmas Jazz for Mixed Voices : SATB : Sheet Music : 

Kirby Shaw : Christmas Jazz for Mixed Voices

Review: Here's a handy, jazzy collection that's great for both concerts and caroling! Set in an easy, swingy style, these tunes will be a big hit with your audiences.

Songlist: Carol of the Bells, Go, Tell It on the Mountain, The Holly and the Ivy, Silent Night, Jingle Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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2807b | Sheet Music $4.25 | SATB add item to cart Vocal Jazz Arrangements


Kirby Shaw : Christmas Jazz for SAB : SAB : Sheet Music : 

Kirby Shaw : Christmas Jazz for SAB

Review: Here's a handy, jazzy collection that's great for both concerts and caroling! Set in an easy, swingy style, these tunes will be a big hit with your audiences.

Songlist: Carol of the Bells, Go, Tell It on the Mountain, Jingle Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, The Holly and the Ivy, Silent Night

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2806b | Sheet Music $4.25 | SAB add item to cart Vocal Jazz Christmas Arrangements


Kirby Shaw : Jazz Christmas for SSA : SSA. : Sheet Music : 

Kirby Shaw : Jazz Christmas for SSA

Review: Here's a handy, jazzy collection that's great for both concerts and caroling! Set in an easy, swingy style, these tunes will be a big hit with your audiences.

Songlist: Go, Tell It On The Mountain , The Holly And The Ivy, Silent Night, Carol Of The Bells, Jingle Bells, We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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4117b | Sheet Music $4.25 | SSA. add item to cart Female Voice Arrangements Home


Kirby Shaw : Joy Sounds : SATB : Sheet Music : 

Kirby Shaw : Joy Sounds

Review: A wordless, a cappella celebration of the human voice and the joy that comes from singing together. This joyful celebration of the human voice is wordless except for "Imba wimbo wakona" which is Swahili for "sing songs forever." A great showcase for jazz and pop groups! Exciting!

Songlist: Joy Sounds II, Joy Sounds

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8025b | Sheet Music $3.50 | SATB add item to cart Wordless A Cappella Arrangements


Kirby Shaw : Standards for Women : SSAA : Sheet Music : 

Kirby Shaw : Standards for Women

Review: These songs are so wonderful they have become part of the great American songbook. The timeless ballad "Unchained Melody" is simply breathtaking! Perfect for concert groups or pop ensembles, this is an arrangement will become a staple in your repertoire. "My Funny Valentine" is on just about everyone's top ten list of all-time classic ballads! Lush harmonies, varied textures, and a timeless melody and lyric...this is it! "Always" has been recorded by hundreds of major artists over the years, the classic simplicity of this Irving Berlin song makes it one of our most treasured standards. This expressive a cappella setting for women's voices will create a magical moment in performance! The classic Irving Berlin song "What'll I Do" was sung by Judy Garland and is a popular standard that has been performed by many great singers. This stellar a cappella arrangement is a real treat and is a perfect song for female voices.

Songlist: Always, Unchained Melody, My Funny Valentine, What'll I Do

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8011b | Sheet Music $7.50 | SSAA add item to cart Female Voice Arrangements Home


Kirby Shaw : Women's Classic Pop Vol 5 : SSAA : Sheet Music : 

Kirby Shaw : Women's Classic Pop Vol 5

Review: Billy Joel's pop hit from 1983 "The Longest Time" is a perennial favorite and evokes an even earlier time in America's pop history. From 1973, the pop hit "Shambala" by Three Dog Night is a buoyant song full of tasty harmonies and a warm gospel groove that will infuse your concert with the hopefulness and joy. This "vocals only" edition will be especially effective for choirs of all types! The intimacy and directness of a cappella singing create a special emotional atmosphere in this tender setting of the Grammy award-winning pop hit "Tears In Heaven" by Eric Clapton. You will create a magical concert moment with the gentle guitar-style accompaniment recreated by the vocals and the heartfelt lyrics. The #1 hit from 1967 "Groovin'" by the Young Rascals in a smooth vocals-only setting perfectly captures the relaxed slow groove of the song with an easy vocal accompaniment and a irresistible solo.

Songlist: The Longest Time, Shambala, Tears In Heaven, Groovin'

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8312b | Sheet Music $7.50 | SSAA add item to cart Female Voice Arrangements Home


Kirby Shaw : Women's Spirituals Vol 1 : SSAA : Sheet Music : 

Kirby Shaw : Women's Spirituals Vol 1

Review: The treatment of the classic spiritual 'Wade In The Water" by Kirby Shaw includes the elements that always seem to "work": a soulful solo, supportive choral parts that have their own interest, and new verses that are seamless in the story. Designed to showcase that special soloist in your choir, "Down By The Riverside" gets an upbeat a cappella treatment that allows for an optional audience sing-/snap-along. John Newton's famous and beloved hymn "Amazing Grace" is perhaps one of the most well-known song in the world. This traditional setting will surely have a profound effect on your singers and audiences. Hold on to your choir robes! The invigorating a cappella adaptation of "Sinner Man", one of the great traditional spirituals, will bring your audience to their feet!

Songlist: Amazing Grace, Wade In The Water, Sinner Man, Down By The Riverside, Plenty Good Room (On the Glory Train)

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9013b | Sheet Music $7.50 | SSAA add item to cart Spirituals Arrangements


Kirby Shaw : Kirby Shaw's Soul Clinic : DVD : 

Kirby Shaw : Kirby Shaw's Soul Clinic

Review: Kirby keeps busy writing arrangements for Hal Leonard. Somehow, he still finds time to sing and tour with the jazz quartet, Just 4 Kicks, and do side projects, like this video, produced under the auspices of the newly inaugurated A Cappella Foundation. His delightful presence is a great complement to his years of experience as a music educator, and helps the medicine of knowledge go down as sweet as sugar. With an introduction reflecting back to his youth listening to the radio, Kirby vividly illustrates the difference between the white music he first heard, and the black radio he then fell in love with: soul! Along with the studio audience, who demonstrate each example, we are shown how to "mess with the melody," using vocal ornaments such as the appoggiatura, upper and lower neighbor et cetera. In that context, Kirby also imparts information about chord structure, picking out notes within a chord and commenting on their function, right on the fly. All along he reassures us that taking risks is what it's all about. Sixty minutes of fun!

Songlist: Giving Yourself Permission, Vocal Ornamentation, Anticipation, Lower Neighbor, Upper neighbor, Appoggiatura, Passing Tones... and much, much more!, Developing your musical point of view (you are unique), Lyrics are your friend, Word Repetition, Word Painting, Listening Skills... be a detective!

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4805dvd | DVD $16.95 add item to cart


Kirby Shaw : Warm-Ups for Pop, Jazz and Show Choirs : Book & 1 CD Warm Ups :  : 073999941685 : 08201244

Kirby Shaw : Warm-Ups for Pop, Jazz and Show Choirs

Review: Warming up your choir has never been this much fun! 18 educational exercises written in a variety of styles based on American popular music. With a healthy dose of affirmative lyrics and lots of room for individual and group creativity, you can't miss! Includes Showtrax CD.

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6447c | Book & 1 CD Warm Ups $35.00 add item to cart Choral Warm-Ups


Kirby Shaw : A Renaissance Christmas : SATB : 01 Songbook :  : 073999209945 : 08720994

Kirby Shaw : A Renaissance Christmas

Review: Traditional carols arranged by the highly-regarded Kirby Shaw as for a Renaissance choral performance. Fun and assessable for all choirs.

Songlist: Here We Come a-Caroling, Good Christian Men Rejoice, Ding Dong, Merrily On High, What Child Is This, God Rest Ye Gentlemen, Deck The Hall, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Bring a Torch, Rejoice

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9606b | Songbook $2.95 | SATB add item to cart Early Music Vocal Arrangements


Kirby Shaw : An A Cappella Christmas : SAB : 01 Songbook :  : 073999403596 : 08740359

Kirby Shaw : An A Cappella Christmas

Review: Celebrate the season with these tasty vocal jazz settings of your holiday favorites.

Songlist: The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire), Frosty The Snow Man, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Silver Bells, The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

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7121b | Songbook $3.95 | SAB add item to cart Christmas Arrangements for 3 Parts


Kirby Shaw : An A Cappella Christmas : SATB : 01 Songbook :  : 073999320381 : 08740280

Kirby Shaw : An A Cappella Christmas

Review: Celebrate the season with these tasty vocal jazz settings of your holiday favorites.

Songlist: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, Silver Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (with Frosty the Snow Man), The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

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9169b | Songbook $3.95 | SATB add item to cart Choral Christmas Arrangements


Kirby Shaw : Junior Jazz - Beginning Steps to Singing Jazz  : 2-Part : 01 Songbook : 

Kirby Shaw : Junior Jazz - Beginning Steps to Singing Jazz

Review: This is what you've been waiting for! Introduce your young singers to the basics of vocal jazz with nine original songs illustrating a specific jazz concept. With educator notes included, this is an excellent introduction to an original American art form. Kirby Shaw helps kids learn more about vocal jazz in this easy-to-sing and educational collection. Each original song focuses on a different aspect of jazz singing.

Songlist: Blues, Blues , Blues, Riff City, Inflections, Blue Notes, Scat Like That, Jump, Jive and Jam!, Schoolhouse Blues, A La Mode

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7423b | Songbook $8.75 | 2-Part add item to cart Vocal Jazz Instructional


Kirby Shaw : Vocal Jazz Style - Manual and CD : 01 Book & 1 CD :  : 884088876821 : 08665582

Kirby Shaw : Vocal Jazz Style - Manual and CD

Review: In this 2nd edition, the study of 18 basic vocal jazz inflections is made easy for the soloist or choral ensemble: basic swing, fall-off, smear, shake, doit, etc. The beginning or more experienced performer can find clear-cut desciptions and study examples for each inflection. Excellent tool for vocalists. Included: Manual and CD

Songlist: Basic Swing, Tenuto And Staccato #1, Tenuto And Staccato #2, Horizontal Accent, Vertical Accent, Breath Accent, Forte Piano Crescendo, Combnation Exercise A, Ghost, Ascending Smear, Fall-Off, Ascending Smear Fall-Off, Descending Smear Ascending Glissando, Combination Exercise B, Descending Glissando, Doit, Plop, Flip, Dip, Shake, Combination Exercise C, Brand New Attitude, Doctor Doom, Swing Time

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6362c | Book & 1 CD $34.95 add item to cart Vocal Jazz Instructional


Kirby Shaw : Vocal Jazz Style - Manual : 01 Book :  : 884088202903 : 08665580

Kirby Shaw : Vocal Jazz Style - Manual

Review: In this 2nd edition, the study of 18 basic vocal jazz inflections is made easy for the soloist or choral ensemble: basic swing, fall-off, smear, shake, doit, etc. The beginning or more experienced performer can find clear-cut desciptions and study examples for each inflection. Excellent tool for vocalists. Included: Manual only

Songlist: Basic Swing, Tenuto And Staccato, Horizontal Accent, Vertical Accent, Breath Accent, Forte Piano Crescendo, Combination Exercise A, Ghost, Ascending Smear, Fall-Off, Ascending Smear Fall-Off, Descending Smear Ascending Glissando, Combination Exercise B, Descending Glissando, Doit, Plop, Flip, Dip, Shake, Combination Exercise C, Brand New Attitude, Doctor Doom, Swing Time

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6362b | Book $14.95 add item to cart Vocal Jazz Instructional

Individual Arrangements (See Songbooks and Collections)

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'70s Dance PartyKirby ShawKirby Shaw'70s Dance PartySheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
'70s Dance PartyKirby ShawKirby Shaw'70s Dance PartySheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
'70s Dance PartyKirby ShawKirby Shaw'70s Dance PartySheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
'Zat You, Santa Claus?Kirby ShawWords and music by Jack FoxVarious ArrangersA Jazzy Christmas for 2 PartsSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
(Everything I Do) I Do It For YouKirby ShawBryan AdamsVarious ArrangersClassic Pop Hits Vol 2Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
(Ghost) Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)Kirby ShawKirby Shaw(Ghost) Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
(Sittin' on) The Dock of the BayKirby ShawSteve Cropper and Otis ReddingVarious ArrangersWomen's Classic PopSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
60s Rewind (Medley)Kirby ShawKirby Shaw60s Rewind (Medley)Sheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
80s Dance PartyKirby ShawKirby Shaw80s Dance PartySheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
80s Dance PartyKirby ShawKirby Shaw80s Dance PartySheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
80s Dance PartyKirby ShawKirby Shaw80s Dance PartySheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
90s Rock PartyKirby ShawKirby Shaw90s Rock PartySheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
90s Rock PartyKirby ShawKirby Shaw90s Rock PartySheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
90s Rock PartyKirby ShawKirby Shaw90s Rock PartySheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
A CappellaKirby ShawKirby ShawVarious ArrangersJazz ClassicsSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
A CappellaKirby ShawEncore!Without A Song 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
A Doo-Wop Christmas (With You)Kirby ShawKirby ShawA Doo-Wop Christmas (With You)Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
A Doo-Wop Christmas (With You)Kirby ShawKirby ShawA Doo-Wop Christmas (With You)Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
A Gospel Christmas (Medley)Kirby ShawKirby ShawA Gospel Christmas (Medley)Sheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
A Gospel Christmas (Medley)Kirby ShawKirby ShawA Gospel Christmas (Medley)Sheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
A Holly Jolly ChristmasKirby ShawJohnny MarksVarious ArrangersWomen's Pop ChristmasSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
A Holly Jolly ChristmasKirby ShawJohnny MarksVarious ArrangersChristmas Gems for Male VoicesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
A Holly Jolly ChristmasKirby ShawJohnny MarksVarious ArrangersPop Christmas Classics Vol 2Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
A Joyful NoiseKirby ShawEncore!Without A Song 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad MadrigalKirby ShawKirby ShawA Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad MadrigalSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
A Night In TunisiaKirby ShawJust 4 KicksKick In The Pants 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley SquareKirby ShawKirby ShawA Nightingale Sang in Berkeley SquareSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
A Pawnee PrayerKirby ShawTraditionalVarious ArrangersHymns, Spirituals and Praise SongsSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
A Renaissance ChristmasKirby ShawEncore!Encore Christmas 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
A Sunday Kind of LoveKirby ShawLouis PrimaKirby ShawA Sunday Kind of LoveSheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
A Sunday Kind of LoveKirby ShawLouis PrimaKirby ShawA Sunday Kind of LoveSheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
A Sunday Kind of LoveKirby ShawLouis PrimaKirby ShawA Sunday Kind of LoveSheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
Ain't Misbehavin'Kirby ShawAndy Razaf, Harry Brooks and Thomas WallerVarious ArrangersShow TunesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Ain't Misbehavin'Kirby ShawEncore!Without A Song 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Alexander's Ragtime BandKirby ShawIrving BerlinKirby ShawAlexander's Ragtime BandSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
All or Nothing at AllKirby ShawJack LawrenceKirby ShawAll or Nothing at AllSheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
All or Nothing at AllKirby ShawJack LawrenceKirby ShawAll or Nothing at AllSheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
All the Cats Join InKirby ShawKirby ShawAll the Cats Join InSheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
All the Cats Join InKirby ShawKirby ShawAll the Cats Join InSheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
All the Cats Join InKirby ShawKirby ShawAll the Cats Join InSheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
All the Things You AreKirby ShawJerome KernKirby ShawAll the Things You AreSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
AlwaysKirby ShawIrving BerlinKirby ShawStandards for WomenSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Am I BlueKirby ShawVarious ArrangersStandards 4Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Amazing GraceKirby ShawKirby ShawWomen's Spirituals Vol 1Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
America The BeautifulKirby ShawKatherine Lee Bates/ Samuel A. WardVarious ArrangersSongs For America Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
An A Cappella Christmas Kirby ShawVarious ArrangersChristmas Arrangements for SAB VoicesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesKirby ShawBilly JoelVarious ArrangersWomen's Heavenly PopSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesKirby ShawBilly JoelBilly JoelA Cappella for Male VoicesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesKirby ShawBilly JoelVarious ArrangersPop Hits for Mixed Voices Vol. 3Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesKirby ShawBilly JoelBrava!Tickled Pink 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
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