Jun 23, 2017
This is the complete toolkit. So you just need to do two things.
1.) Listen to this episode. 2.) Start your own contemporary a
cappella ensemble (vocal band). J. D. Frizzell outlines every why,
how, and what you need to know to bring this insanely popular vocal
experience to your school. Listen:
Highlight to Tweet: “Everybody in the area of
a cappella education is very open and helpful, so please reach out
to us” - J.D. Frizzell Show Notes:
- Contemporary a cappella = a vocal band. It performs popular
music, singing the instrumental and percussion lines in addition to
- Contemporary a cappella is a valuable tool for smaller schools
to engage students in choir. It is excellent for recruiting
students, but also for engaging your audience.
- This style of singing helps drill essential singing skills:
pitch, rhythm, tone, diction, etc.
- You have several options for music: buy published charts,
arrange it yourself, or get others to arrange for you.
- Vocal percussion: look for a student who can be consistent with
their sounds, consistently producing quality sounds, and
then...practice. Student needs a solid sense of tempo.
- Mics, sound systems are great, but not mandatory when starting
out. There are lots of good options, and no single right answer to
the question, “What should I buy?”.
J.D. Frizzell is the Director of Fine Arts at
Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, TN. He graduated in May
2017 with a doctorate in choral conducting from The University of
Kentucky. J.D. has had best selling compositions around the world,
with music published by Santa Barbara, Lorenz, Heritage, Colla
Voce, Alfred, and others. A leader in the contemporary a cappella
movement, he's the co-founder and President of The A Cappella
Education Association. His group OneVoice has been on America's Got
Talent, performed at ACDA, collaborated with The Swingles and New
York Voices, won the Macy's All-School A Cappella Challenge judged
by Pentatonix, and recorded with SONY. Resources/links
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