We are BACK

Thanks for your patience over the last few days– the search feature is back up and running today with another few hundred entries!

Database Temporarily Off-Line

The data base is currently undergoing a bit of remodeling and is off-line. While that is happening, please feel free to use the “advanced search” capabilities.

Anything that Matters, part 1

“Anything that Matters Never Gets Any Easier” –Philip Seymour Hoffman part 2 coming soon


The Belt Book is now on Face Book and Twitter- Check it out!

How to Search the Belt Book

In selecting criteria, you need to think both logically and historically. For example, for females, pre-1965, there are no low and no mid-Tessitura power ballads that are belt for any type. Why? Think! • Stylistically, power ballads are particular to contemporary music. So are belted ballads of any kind. • Ballads usually will fall into […]

Memphis Is In!

Check it out! Memphis has now been added to the Belt Book database!

Websites R’Us

I recently had the opportunity to spend a week at the University of Wyoming, teaching a variety of BFA students in a variety of classes. The senior class is working on their websites, a necessity today. I found some over arching themes in all of them: • A new camera angle does not a point […]

More on Choosing a Key

From the “Audition Tips” for University of Michigan Department of Musical Theatre: “Do not try to sing too high or too loudly. An enormous number of applicants present songs in keys that are too high for them to show themselves at their best vocally. Volume and range can be explored separately if the faculty has […]


At last! It’s here! Your school or studio can get an institutional license from The Belt Book. Just go to http://www.thebeltbook.com/institutional.php and have at it! Depending on the number of students you have under your license, it could be as little as $3/mo per student. Far less that a decent cup of coffee or tea. […]

The KEY to KEY

Original key? Key that’s best for me? What do I do? There can be a lot of reasons a song is published in a particular key. The limitations or the skills of the person originating the role, a compilation in which the publisher seeks to find “every man’s” key (usually putting the song in a […]