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Contemporary A Cappella: Getting Started

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Anthony Cao

on 15 October 2013

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Transcript of Contemporary A Cappella: Getting Started

Why? Relevant!
Why? Valuable Lessons
1. I want to recruit more singers to the program.
2. I want to introduce my students to competitions.
3. I want to stay current and relevant.
4. I like pop music.
5. I need a quick and easy way for students to do performances in the community.
6. I want a fun way to teach standards of arranging/composition
Teacher Motives
How? Resources
How? Curriculum
Let's get started!
Contemporary A Cappella
Money
Microphones
Competitions/Travel
Repertoire
What does it take? Challenges...
Philosophy
Sharing the knowledge/control
Competition/Non-Competition
Questioning what is legitimate
Styles
Rhythmic Syllables
"Vocal Band" Sound
Vocal Percussion
Who can help?
Chord Structure
I, VI, IV, V
12/8 Time
Voice Leading
Ear literacy
THEORY
Making something out of nothing
Spirituals
Gospel
Doo-Wop
Motown Groups
Girl/Boy groups from 1980s-Present
HISTORY
Get them singing!
Give them ownership!
Allow them a safe space to be a rock star!
Watch them flourish!
Singing
Perform the repertoire.
Allow students to arrange.
Add harmonization to warm-ups/rehearsal.
Introduce final exam projects.
Existing Curriculum
Open groups
Auditioned groups
Guest directors
Singing Valentines
Open mic nights
Extra-Curricular Opportunities
What does a contemporary a cappella class look like?
New Specific Curriculum
Repertoire
Primarily Acappella http://www.singers.com/

Sound Music Publications
http://www.smpjazz.com/?action=welcome

UNC Jazz Press http://www.uncjazzpress.com/

Better Acappella
http://betteracappella.com/arrangementindex/node/

Contemporary A Cappella Society Links
http://www.openharmony.org/casa/links.html

JW Pepper (Alfred and Hal Leonard octavos)
http://www.jwpepper.com
Arrangers
Deke Sharon (Kirby Shaw of Contemporary Music)
Kerry Marsh
Greg Jasperse
Anders Edenroth
Jen Shelton Barnes
Jeremy Fox
Tom Anderson
College Arrangers?
You/your students as resources!
Director arrangements
Collaborative arrangements
Curriculum assignments
A Cappella Education Association
http://www/acappellaeducators.org
Acappella 101 http://www.acappella101.com/
Contemporary Acappella Society http://www.casa.org/
Primarily Acappella http://www.singers.com/index.html
Recorded Acappella Review Board http://www.rarb.org/
Alliance for Acappella Initiatives
http://allforacappella.org/
Acappella records http://www.acappellarecords.com/
Professional/College/High School acappella web pages
http://www.collegiate-acappella.com/
Competitions/Festivals/Camps
A Cappella Education Association Festivals
http://www.acappellaeducators.org
ICCA and ICHSA
http://www.varsityvocals.com/icca/events.shtml
Harmony Sweepstakes Festivals
http://www.harmony-sweepstakes.com/
Camp Acappella
http:www.campacappella.com
Resources
Loop Pedal
Garage Band (or similar)
Student Resources
First Steps
Listen
Concerts
Contemporary A Cappella Series
A Cappella Pop
Loop songs
Festivals
Scat sing
Tunes to Teens - www.casa.org/TTT
All of these links will be available on
Anthony's Blog - http://www.musicteachertalk.wordpress.com
Dennis's Page - http://www.pwssd.k12.wi.us/education/dept/dept.php?sectionid=655
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