Words and Music by Greg Gilpin
Recommended by Rachel Steele, School Choral Specialist
Admit it…you smiled a little when you saw the words “Monster Mash!” This Greg Gilpin choral arrangement of the one hit wonder from Bobby “Borris” Picket and the Crypt-Kickers has great potential for silliness. The spoken solo we all know so well from the original version steals the show, and the choral parts are a snap to teach, full of ’60’s doo-wop fun. Consider some of these ideas to use “Monster Mash” in performance or in your classroom:
- Teach your kids about pop music in the 1950’s and 60’s, especially dances popular with teenagers, like the Mashed Potato and the Twist. Try out some dance moves as you sing the song, or let small groups work on choreography for a section of the piece.
- Ask a male teacher or even a principal (who doesn’t mind making a fool of themselves) to be your “surprise guest soloist.” You can reveal your guest to the choir a few days before the performance when he shows up to rehearse, and then enlist them as your co-conspirators. Ask the students to keep the identity of the soloist a mystery from their parents, friends, and concert guests-they’ll feel exclusive and you’ll give them a great bonding experience.
- Split up the spoken solo among your students who want to “ham it up.” Let them do a quick costume change backstage before they come out for their portion.
- If you have some students who are into audio sampling, let them come up with your “background track” full of spooky lab sounds. Better yet, take your whole class to the computer lab and see what they can come up with!
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Rachel Steele has been working in the choral department at Stanton’s since 2013. She previously taught middle school and high school band and choir for 13 years, and holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in music education from The Ohio State University. Currently a member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble and a musician at Epiphany Lutheran Church (Pickerington, OH,) Rachel also enjoys reading, sewing, baking and the Pittsburgh Steelers!