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In this program, students will compare and contrast the characteristic sounds of various popular musical genres (eg. Motown, Country, Jazz, Rock & Roll, Rap/Hip-Hop, Pop, Beach Music and EDM or Electronic Dance Music). With respect to each of the aforementioned genres, students will: 1) become familiar with the historical and cultural context imperative to their development; 2) observe and differentiate between performance styles unique to each; 3) hear the improvisational techniques used to vocally imitate complex sounds, both instrumental and inorganic, unique to each (e.g. harmonicas in country music or synthesizers in EDM); 4) witness how creativity and artistic innovation allows the transformation of a song between genres; 5) discover and observe how essential specific percussive patterns are to the groove or rhythmic "feel" of each genre; and 6) become familiar with age-appropriate musical concepts and vocabulary exemplified by each genre!
Transit Vocal Band has performed for audiences of up to 40,000 people in venues across the US and has produced award-winning albums! Our cast of professional musicians has educated and entertained over 800 school audiences since its inception in 2005, and has experience teaching K-12 and college level students. Updated yearly with fresh and unique material, we now offer THREE exciting educational programs! The Evolution of A Cappella traces historical development of the contemporary a cappella genre. The Magic of A Cappella reveals how science and technology can enhance the a cappella sound. New for 2017-2019, A Cappella Recreates the Genres inspires artistic innovation by demonstrating vocal interpretations of popular musical styles!