This semester I set out to improve my a cappella arranging skills. I wanted to find out what techniques make an arrangement successful and learn how to use them in my own arrangements. I analyzed several existing arrangements before starting work on four of my own: Little Wonders, Settle Down, Price Tag/Where’s the Love, and Let It Snow. Over the course of the semester, I learned that revision is extremely important in arranging. I also learned that a piece does not need to be complex to be successful – in fact, based on feedback from PowerChords members singing my arrangements and the audience who attended the performance of my arrangements, the simplest one (Price Tag/Where’s the Love) was their favorite. I compiled all of my analysis, arrangements, and revisions in to a portfolio of work, aimed at helping future a cappella arrangers understand their own arranging process better.
Rucker, Jessica, "AHS Cappella Project" (2011). 2011 AHS Capstone Projects. 6.
Closer.pdf (363 kB)
Everything You Want.pdf (97 kB)
Let It Snow V1.pdf (43 kB)
Let It Snow V2.pdf (123 kB)
Little Wonders V1.pdf (74 kB)
Little Wonders V2.pdf (77 kB)
Settle Down V1.pdf (90 kB)
Settle Down V2.pdf (185 kB)
Where's the Love Price Tag V1.pdf (125 kB)
AHS_cappella_Project.pptx (839 kB)