One of the challenges we face as voice teachers is coming up with new repertoire that is both appealing and appropriate for our young singers. We all know and love the classic Disney favorites, but there are so many fantastic, lesser-known songs sung by these beloved characters for us to explore in our studios!
As a 90s baby, I grew up in the golden age of Disney animated feature films, all of which were followed up with sequels, spin-off series, sing-a-long specials, and the like. I took a welcome trip down memory lane (and to the depths of Spotify) to find several rare gems that I’m happy to share:
“In Harmony” from The Little Mermaid TV Series: Season 1, Episode 9: “The Evil Manta” Written by: Michael & Patricia Silversher
Performed by: Jodi Benson
This song has long been one of my favorites for young Ariel fans. An upbeat companion or prequel to “Part of Your World,” this super fun song with great, relevant lyrics is one that has stayed with me since childhood.
Your students can also find this episode of the 90s TV series on Disney+!
"Everyday Princess" from "Bayou Boogie"
Written by: Dapo Torimiro
Performed by: Anika Noni Rose
This album was released by Walt Disney Records following the success of the film The Princess and the Frog in 2010, featuring its original cast. I love the soulful, New-Orleans inspired music of this film, and now we get even more to choose from, especially if “Almost There” is already a favorite!
I was not able to track down a score, but it’s a great opportunity to learn by ear, especially given the style.