Prologue: Enrichment as Purpose

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Before getting to the nitty-gritty of arranging, it’s important to take a moment to consider more specifically the guiding principles of this resource, since we have already established that it will not be to tell aspiring arrangers what they should or should not do.  If you’ll forgive a bit of an existential digression, let’s hash it out a bit, shall we?

The world of collegiate a cappella is awfully large, and there exist a great many resources out there already which address various topics, needs, and concerns; the sheer number of groups in existence is ginormous and growing by the day.  Variety, of course, is the spice of life, and so it is a particularly excellent flavoring agent for a cappella groups today.  Each has a particular personality, a specific modus operandi.  Many have different types of personnel and different commitments.  How possibly could purpose be established?  And perhaps more to the point, does a group exist for its own members, or for its audience?

The SmarterGuide to A Cappella Arranging will be built with a general guiding principal of enrichment in mind.  This enrichment could be of the audience by giving them a great show or turning them on to new types of music; it could be for the members of the group, such as a soloist with stage fright, a singer who overcomes asthma (true story), or somebody who is learning sight-reading for the first time.  This could even refer to the community as a whole and the establishment of proud campus traditions.  Regardless, we will operate under the assumption that a cappella groups exist in college in order to improve and enrich either group members or audience members in some way, and that these two purposes are jointly interdependent.

If singers are well-trained in the ways of proper sound production or in sight-reading, they’ll be better able to provide the audience with a tremendously entertaining experience.  If the audience has a fantastic time and applauds wildly, they will feed their energy back into the socially-awkward group member who is finally learning to appreciate their own skills.  Or CD sales, take your pick.  In all cases, the relationship is symbiotic, and an investment in one is going to yield positive returns for the other.

This is the SmarterMusic way of learning skills — learn smarter, do better, and teach others your skills to pay it forward.  We’ll look at the consequences of various arranging decisions and techniques and see how they affect both the group and the audience, all with the goal of enrichment for all.

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“…a soloist with stage fright, a singer who overcomes asthma (true story), or somebody who is learning sight-reading for the first time.”

It seems a positive point of view.

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Written By joseoscar on February 6th, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

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