Charlie Beale

This is the website of Dr Charles W. Beale, international choral director, jazz musician, clinician and speaker.

Charlie, I have used your voice works books for my jazz choir and they have been excellent so THANK YOU. I remember singing your arrangement of Afro Blue as a singer a GSMD- beautiful. (JF, educator, UK, July 2016)



Popular Voiceworks (2008)


Published in April 2008, Charlie co-wrote this prize-winning book of arrangements and workshops with choral director, singer and theater musician Steve Milloy from Cincinatti Ohio, for the ‘Voiceworks’ series published by Oxford University Press. The book includes a range of material for singers, solo and choral, in jazz, gospel, soul, dance and musical theatre styles, and each song is accompanied by warm-ups, help with teaching and performing the material and tips on using the voice safely, authentically and enjoyably in these styles. A number also include opportunities for improvising, together with help getting started inventing stylish and simple backings and improvising with the voice.  In 2008, Popular Voiceworks won the prize for Best Pop Music Publication of the UK. Here are a couple of music examples, and there are more on the OUP website:

Gitika mp3 

Take me to the water  mp3


Popular Voiceworks 2 (2012)   

Volume 2 came out in August 2012, and includes another 28 songs in popular styles. Innovations in Book 2 include a simple introduction to beatboxing, a number of country songs and originals by both authors, alongside simple and flexible arrangements of standards including ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’, ‘Scarborough Fair’ and  Gerry Mulligan’s ‘Blues in B Flat’.

Fly  mp3

Amazing Grace mp3






Oxford Companion to Jazz (2002)

In 2002, Charlie completed the article on Jazz Education in the New Oxford Companion to Jazz, edited by Bill Kirchner. It is an overview of the history of jazz education from the 1920s to the present day, the development of formal jazz education and the relationship between that and more informal methods. It also incorporates parts of his Ph.D research examining the relationship between jazz in education and jazz as it is performed.

Faber Choral Basics (2006-2010)

Committed to getting choirs singing music of all styles, Charlie has so far written five volumes of choral arrangements for Faber in their Choral Basics series, available in SATB and SSA voicings, including: 

Glee Volume 1 (2010)

Three songs from hit TV show ‘Glee’: Journey’s ‘Don’t stop Believin’, Streisand’s ‘Don’t rain on my Parade’, and The Pretenders’ ‘I’ll Stand by you'.






‘Voc N Roll’ (2010)

Three songs in the style of vocal group ‘The Baseballs’: Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love’, Rhianna’s ‘Umbrella’ and Scissor Sisters’ ‘I don’t feel like dancing’.









All that jazz’ (2007)

Three songs from Chicago, the Kander and Ebb Musical: All that jazz; When you;’re good to mama; and Roxie.








'Frankly Speaking (2006)'

Three songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, in the style of the famous 1950s Nelson Riddle arrangements. New York; I’ve got you under my skin; The lady is a tramp.








‘Disco classics’ (2006)

Three classic songs from the disco era: YMCA; It’s raining men; Tragedy.










Jazz Piano from Scratch (1999)

Charlie has written a critically acclaimed book 'Jazz Piano from Scratch', published by  in Europe and worldwide in 1999 and licensed to in the US and Canada. A ’self-help guide for students and teachers’, it aims to introduce the basic concepts of jazz to both piano pupils and teachers through accessible and enjoyable activities. It refers extensively to the tune books of the ABRSM Jazz Piano and Horns syllabuses, which Charlie co-ordinated and helped devise as Lead Consultant. A follow-up manuscript, ‘Play Jazz from Scratch’ which introduces    similar concepts to non-pianists is currently with ABRSM Publishing.

Many thanks for your participation as workshop leader at our recent symposium. I can tell from the session evaluations that delegates really appreciated your insights! (Robin Godfrey, Executive Director GALA Choruses, September 2014)