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Article

Publication Date

Fall 2011

Abstract

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.

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