Specialist musical theatre searchable songlist
A searchable database of over 200 songs from musicals
You're a busy singing teacher wanting to give your female students great song choices. But it's easy to be overwhelmed with the amount of musical theatre repertoire that exists. This essential songlist database resource has done the heavy lifting for you.
Vocal Process Accredited trainer Kate Gavaghan has been teaching musical theatre for many years. Her knowledge of the repertoire is vast, so we pressed her to put down a list of her top 100 hundred songs from shows across the 20th and 21st centuries. She went one better, with 219 songs from the 19th century onwards that can be used in musical theatre exams and auditions for shows and courses.
Each song has the following information:
- Song title
- Year Written
- Show Title/Artist
- Grade Level
- Vocal Range
- Notes for teaching or performance
Song title - the best place to start with the sorting process (song title alphabetically)
Year Written - many exam boards and drama course auditions require you to sing music from a particular era. You can sort this column by year, and the songlist includes 59 songs pre-1950 and 76 songs from 21st century musicals.
Genre - the songlist includes a variety of genres including American Cabaret, British MT, Film (including Disney), American MT, Vaudeville and more.
Composer - a list of the composers, from Sondheim to Schwartz, Lippa to Bareilles all completely searchable and sortable
Lyricist - not forgetting the mainstay of musical theatre, the lyricist from Don Black to Kait Kerrigan and Lin Manuel Miranda
Show Title/Artist - shows well-known (Matilda, Guys and Dolls) and less well-known (13, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder). Where the song is a standalone item, Kate lists the artist who wrote or sang it originally.
Grade Level - a grading based on the listings by different exam boards as well as Kate's own experience of hundreds of exams. Songs are included from Grade 3 level to Diploma standard. NB There are no age guidelines because many different ages use the same songs in exams and competitions.
Style - a handy reference point when the task is to choose a ballad and uptempo. Categories include Ballad (character, dramatic, jazz, legit), Mid Tempo (character, classical, comedy, dramatic, legit), Uptempo (character, comedy, dramatic, legit, patter)
Vocal Range - divided into suggested voice type plus the actual range of the song. So a listing might read Alto A3-Bb4; Alto Belt B3-C5; Mezzo/Belt g3-F#5; Soprano A3-F5; Soprano/Belt F3-G#5
Notes for performance and teaching - brief suggestions for casting, teaching and performance with recommendations to adjust keys if necessary.
Discover new songs that are relevant to your singer's voice, style and situation. ALL of the songs listed here have been given by singing teachers to their students to improve their singing and support them in their exams and auditions.
This is a digital download and is available straight away - check your purchase confirmation email for the download link. This songlist will arrive as a csv spreadsheet, which most spreadsheet programmes can open without problems.
You can search the list, sort by column and filter out anything you want to remove, without harming the original file.
Add this to your shopping cart, use the songs in your lessons, then send us your thoughts (and new suggestions!).
PS The male list is in development and will be arriving shortly!