Lucerne Mottaz, writing in Choral Director magazine, got out of the Glee
So the kids proposed that we make it a class project to watch "Glee" and talk about it every other Friday, during tutorial. I thought to myself, "Sure, why not. It will be a great way to connect with the kids and a fun way to get to know them."
I returned home later that night in time to watch that week's episode. Imagine me sitting on the couch with my glass of cabernet thinking, "This will be fun." And there on the screen is the cheerleader telling her boyfriend that she is pregnant and that it happened in the hot tub when he... well, you know... and she tells him because the water is hot "they" swim faster... gulp... I thought to myself, "Oh God, I am soooo fired!!!"
These were middle school kids he's talking about, by the way. My wife had a similar experience recommending a group viewing of Glee on a week which turned out to be pretty adult-themed, but luckily in her case they were high schoolers (and not in a school setting) so it just ended up as a laugh. But continuing with Mr. Mottaz, he got disillusioned with the competitive thing after a while:
But at the end of the fourth year I realized that the program had become a monster. It was too expensive, involved too much time, and the competition to be in the class had divided not just students but entire families. If I wasn't rehearsing or teaching the other five classes, I was designing and sewing costumes or making props or cutting music or dealing with melt downs — there is a never-ending list. Did I love it? Yes — and I hated it. The more trophies that were won the more the parents wanted.
He ended up discouraging a similar experience at his next job:
That is where "Glee" comes in for me. The kids at Cal wanted to start a show choir. So we had a meeting where, using charts and graphs, I outlined the exact costs: $3,000 per student to participate, which covered materials, choreographers, custodial. The cost of the costumes and trips was additional. But the kicker was the time commitment: the students had no idea that they would be handing their lives over to this one event, which they had to do if they wanted to be competitive.
Of course competition and show choirs aren't exactly yoked together; show choirs can give performances for the enjoyment of their audience, and other types of choirs can enter competitions. But Glee has associated the two.