One of the newest TV series to become a huge hit is the program Glee. The show centers on a high school and the members of the school's glee club. The members are a diverse group counting among them cheerleaders, football players, nerds, kids of different races, kids of different sexual orientation, and kids from different economic backgrounds all brought together for the love of music and performing. The talent of the actors of this group lead to good acting, some well planned laughs, and an amazing number of music productions that are nothing less than fantastic.
The popularity of the show has led to many students looking to be a part of their own glee club. The increased demand from students to find themselves a slot in a singing group has been coined as the "Glee Effect". The increase in interest in music, singing, performing, and working with a group of other students is a wonderful result of the television show. No one could argue that the experience would be beneficial for any student.
It is hoped that the Glee Effect will bring such a demand by students that public schools will be forced to reconsider the funding of music programs in schools. There have been many instances where there was no funding available for groups and the members raised their own funds to cover expenses. With a desire such as that it shows that there are young people looking for a new way to discover music and they should be encouraged in every way to do so.
The Glee Effect has been credited with promoting choir groups and music interest in not only high schools but in member clubs, grade schools, and at college level. Glee takes what was once considered uncool and has turned it around to be cool. For some it isn't the cool factor but the belonging to a group with a purpose to perform and bring enjoyment to others that draws them. As a self proclaimed Gleek, as Glee fans are known, this is one fad that hopefully will carry on and spur more to express themselves through music and voice and the world will be the better for it.
From Mike "The SteelDrum Guy" .- Caiso SteelBand Music Group