The Evolution of A Cappella
In the "Evolution of A Cappella" 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 by which vocalists can create an all-vocal arrangement of a currently popular song using only the human voice and 5) define common a cappella terms (e.g. harmony, pitch, tempo). In "The Evolution of A Cappella", transit utilizes demonstration, sing along, call and response, and Q&A to engage the student audience.