The Evolution of A Cappella

The Evolution of A Cappella

An exciting and engaging overview of all-vocal music, this program urges students to compare and contrast characteristic sounds of early and current forms of a cappella as they have evolved throughout history. Students will hear all-vocal demonstrations of chant, madrigal-singing, classical choral music, a barbershop tag, doo-wop music and various contemporary pop selections. They will further become familiar with the historical and cultural context imperative to the development of each aforementioned a cappella style. Students will journey through the process of what it takes to become a “band without instruments” by learning to replicate basic improvisational techniques used to vocally imitate different instrument sounds, and by discovering and contributing to the creative process involved in creating an a cappella arrangement of a popular song. Vocabulary and musical concepts will be age-appropriate, and students will have the opportunity to interact with and ask questions to the performing artists! Dancing, clapping, and singing along to the music are always encouraged!

Artist Background

Transit Vocal Band is four singers – that’s it! As their “all band, no instruments” tagline suggests, they recreate a captivating, full-band sound using the power, versatility and emotion of the most powerful instrument of all – the human voice! Transit Vocal Band has entertained audiences of up to 40,000 people in venues throughout the US, including the prestigious Carnegie Hall, and boasts award-winning albums! Since 2005, their cast of professional musicians has educated over 1,000 school audiences comprised of K-12 through college-level students. Transit Vocal Band’s customized educational programs inspire young minds by showcasing how science, technology and artistic innovation combine to enhance all-vocal performance while celebrating the cultural and historical evolution of the contemporary a cappella music genre!

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