In this program, students will learn how to compose a cappella arrangements in a variety of styles. Students will be encouraged to develop their own arranging personality by exploring and analyzing a variety of a cappella arrangements and through one-on-one coaching. Arranging instructors will utilize a variety of composition methods, including notation software, composition technology, improvisation, and collaboration.
While there are no pre-requisites to any of the courses, students should have a passing familiarity with musical notation, music theory, and notation software. If a student does not have these qualifications, they may struggle to keep up with the content. It is recommended that students who are not familiar with music theory or notation software learn these before enrolling in this program. Vocaversity offers an individual course that reinforces this material, but the course is not part of the Arranging program and must be purchased separately. For a list of resources, click here.
By the end of this program, students will be able to:
1) Compose a cappella arrangements for any voicing in many different styles.
2) Analyze jazz theory and re-harmonize chords in a jazz style.
3) Create arrangements using a variety of compositional methods.
4) Track the evolution of Contemporary A cappella and its arrangements through the past century.