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Kirby Shaw

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Kirby Shaw 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.

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

Kirby Shaw : Christmas Jazz for SAB

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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Voicing: SAB | 2806b | Sheet Music Collection | $4.25 | With Piano


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

Kirby Shaw : Christmas Jazz for Mixed Voices

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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Voicing: SATB | 2807b | Sheet Music Collection | $4.25 | With Piano


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

Kirby Shaw : Jazz Christmas for SSA

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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Voicing: SSA | 4117b | Sheet Music Collection | $4.65 | With Piano


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

Kirby Shaw : Vocal Jazz Style - Manual

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 | Accompanied


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

Kirby Shaw : Vocal Jazz Style - Manual and CD

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 | $36.95 | Accompanied


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

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


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

Kirby Shaw : An A Cappella Christmas

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

Songlist: The Christmas Song, 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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Voicing: SAB | 7121b | Songbook | $3.95 | A Cappella


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

Kirby Shaw : Junior Jazz - Beginning Steps to Singing Jazz

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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Voicing: 2-Part | 7423b | Songbook | $8.75 ON SALE $5.90


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

Kirby Shaw : Standards for Women

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

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Voicing: SSAA | 8011b | Sheet Music Collection | $7.50 | A Cappella


Kirby Shaw : Joy Sounds : SATB : Sheet Music Collection

Kirby Shaw : Joy Sounds

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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Voicing: SATB | 8025b | Sheet Music Collection | $3.50 | A Cappella


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

Kirby Shaw : Women's Classic Pop Vol 5

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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Voicing: SSAA | 8312b | Sheet Music Collection | $7.50 | A Cappella


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

Kirby Shaw : Women's Spirituals Vol 1

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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Voicing: SSAA | 9013b | Sheet Music Collection | $7.50 | A Cappella


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

Kirby Shaw : An A Cappella Christmas

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

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Voicing: SATB | 9169b | Songbook | $3.95 | A Cappella


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

Kirby Shaw : A Renaissance Christmas

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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Voicing: SATB | 9606b | Songbook | $2.95 | A Cappella


Kirby Shaw : We Haz Jazz! (Musical) : Director's Edition : 073999175608 : 09970000

Kirby Shaw : We Haz Jazz! (Musical)

Jazz is OUR MUSIC...the music of America! From New Orleans to Chi-town, from the cotton fields to the Cotton Club, you will learn about such jazz greats as Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday and more! The six original songs and delightfully entertaining script in this 30-minute musical are ideal for elementary/middle school performers, and John Jacobson's choreography and staging are included right in the publication. Available: Teacher's Manual, Singer's Edition 5-Pak, Preview Cassette (full performance), Performance/Accompaniment Cassette and CD. Performance Time: 30 minutes. For Grades 4-8.

Songlist: Work Song, Hobo Swing, I'm Old Enough To Sing The Blues, Let's Jam, Up The M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I, We Haz Jazz

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20700b | Director's Edition | $15.95


Kirby Shaw : Rock! (Musical) : Director's Edition : 073999701081 : 09970108

Kirby Shaw : Rock! (Musical)

Who put the rock into rock and roll? You and your students will find out with this original musical that's ideal for upper elementary and middle school. You'll discover how different rock styles developed through the decades and enjoy Kirby and John's unique brand of humor and musical creativity. Eight original songs, a hot professional track and John Jacobson's choreography will make this a show that everyone will enjoy! Available: Teacher's Manual (piano accompaniment, dialog, choreography and Production Guide), Singer's Edition 5Pak (vocal lines only, dialog and choreography), Preview CD (full performance only) and Performance/Accompaniment CD. Performance Time: 25 minutes. For Grades 3-8.

Songlist: D-I-S-C-O, I'm Callin' My Mother, I'm The King, It's In My Soul, We Never Cut Our Hair, We Put The Rock (Into The Rock And Roll)

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20723b | Director's Edition | $19.95


Kirby Shaw : Rock! - Celebrate the History of Rock and Roll (Musical) : Preview CD : 073999693201 : 09970110

Kirby Shaw : Rock! - Celebrate the History of Rock and Roll (Musical)

Who put the rock into rock and roll? You and your students will find out with this original musical that's ideal for upper elementary and middle school. You'll discover how different rock styles developed through the decades and enjoy Kirby and John's unique brand of humor and musical creativity. Eight original songs, a hot professional track and John Jacobson's choreography will make this a show that everyone will enjoy! Available: Teacher's Manual (piano accompaniment, dialog, choreography and Production Guide, Singer's Edition 5Pak (vocal lines only, dialog and choreography), Preview CD (full performance only) and Performance/Accompaniment CD. Performance Time: 25 minutes. For Grades 3-8.

Songlist: D-I-S-C-O, I'm Callin' My Mother, I'm The King, It's In My Soul, We Never Cut Our Hair, We Put The Rock (Into The Rock And Roll)

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20725b | Preview CD | $12.95

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