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A Cappella Reinvents the Genres

A Cappella Reinvents the Genres
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!

Artist Background

Transit Vocal Band has performed for audiences of up to 40,000 people in venues across the US, including the prestigious Carnegie Hall, and has produced award-winning albums! Our cast of professional musicians has educated and entertained over 900 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!

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