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The Evolution of A Cappella

The Evolution of A Cappella
In this program, students will: 1) compare and contrast the characteristic sounds of various early forms of a cappella music (e.g. chant, madrigals, classical, barbershop, doo-wop) as they have evolved throughout history; 2) become familiar with the historical and cultural context imperative to the development of the aforementioned a cappella forms; 3) learn to replicate specific improvisational vocal techniques used to imitate different instrument sounds (e.g. drums, cello, flute, electric guitar); 4) discover the creative process and artistic innovation vocalists employ to create a cappella arrangements of popular songs and 5) define common a cappella terms (e.g. harmony, pitch, tempo). Elevated vocabulary and more complex musical concepts will be presented to older students (e.g. consonance and dissonance as opposed to simple harmony).

Artist Background

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!

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