Okay. Alright, here’s my thing about it. Here it is, no holds barred.
Carmen Tibideaux’s instruction is awful. She gives terrible advice and is a completely unhelpful music teacher. My friends and I who have majored in music often watch the NYADA scenes from behind our fingers because so much of what she and the other teachers say are the opposites of what you should actually do, and our worst nightmares are that people might watch Glee and think that this is remotely what an actual musical education is like. On a grand aggregate, I would even go as far as to say that Will Schuester teaches music and performance better than Carmen does. That’s how bad she is at doing her job.
It really annoyed me when people are like, “if they can’t sing it right, they shouldn’t sing it at all” when it comes to showtunes. No what you mean is, you only want your precious snowflake Lea/Rachel to sing it. If I wanted to hear an exact replica of the original, guess what? I’D LISTEN TO THE ORIGINAL. That’s why I was SO HERE for Santana’s version of DROMP and Mercedes being Maria in West Side Story or Kurt’s Defying Gravity.
Unpopular opinion warning: I loved Santana’s version of DROMP. I usually skip Rachel’s when it comes on iTunes and just go to listen to Barbra’s instead cause that’s who Rachel attempts to emulate anyway. But Santana adds something new to the song that I appreciate.