The 5s

The 5s: The A Cappella Education Association

Organizers recently announced the founding of the A Cappella Education Association, a non-profit focused on providing educational resources, support, and networking to expand a cappella in education, particularly at the high school level. The Association is currently raising money for incorporation and registration as a non-profit, website design, and outreach efforts. In this special edition of The 5s, I’d like to explain why the A Cappella Education Assocation is a cause worth supporting.

The 5s: Pitch Perfect 2

In The 5s, an ACB contributor breaks down an a cappella related institution by breaking it into lists of 5.

Following the success of the first Pitch Perfect film, the announcement came out this past spring that a sequel will follow, projected for 2015. In this edition, I’m taking a look at five things I want to see from the upcoming Pitch Perfect sequel .

The 5s: The New Season of The Sing-Off

In The 5s, an ACB contributor breaks down an a cappella related institution by breaking it into lists of 5.

This past spring, the announcement came that The Sing-Off is returning to NBC this fall. For now, it seems that most of us are just happy the show’s coming back. But there will be announcements coming soon. A new third judge (Sara Bareilles has officially announced she is not judging season four). New competing groups. Potentially changes to the competition structure. Plenty of strong opinions are sure to arise, and I’m not so presumptuous to assume that I can speak for all of the show’s fans. That said, in this edition, we’re taking a look at five things I want to see from the upcoming new season of The Sing-Off .

The 5s: Five Books for the A Cappella Enthusiast on Your Holiday Shopping List

In The 5s, an ACB contributor breaks down an a cappella related institution by breaking it into lists of 5. In this edition, we discuss five a cappella books you may want to give to the a cappella enthusiast on your holiday shopping list.

Author’s Note: Some of the books listed here are recent enough that I have not been able to read them fully. Please consider this post to be one that makes you aware of different options, but not necessarily as an endorsement of any given text.

1. The A Cappella Book by Mike Chin and Mike Scalise
What it is: As a co-author, I am, of course, biased in favor of this particular volume. Nonetheless, if you like The A Cappella Blog, you’re sure to enjoy the in-depth ponderings of the site’s co-founders, including chapters on singing a solo, event planning, marketing, choreography, and much more.
Whom it’s for: This book is a great introduction to a cappella for someone just getting into the form, and also provides great food for thought to people who are heavily entrenched in the field. Worth noting: the book is far more philosophical than hands on (e.g., the book discusses philosophies and best practices in arranging, but does not discuss the rudiments to actually doing so for the first time).
Where to buy it: The book is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

2. A Cappella Arranging by Deke Sharon and Dylan Bell
What it is: If you’re looking for a more technical book on a cappella, there is probably no greater mentor in the form than “the father of contemporary a cappella,” Deke Sharon. The book is intended to be accessible for anyone from beginners to old pros and ranges from nuts-and-bolts advice on how to arrange a song to Sharon’s thoughts on how to get the most out of the creative process.
Whom it’s for: This book is for people who are actively practicing in the a cappella world, and (perhaps obviously) particularly those who are writing their own arrangements.
Where to buy it: The book is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

The 5s: Why Team Building Is Important to Your Group’s Success

With the start of the new academic year, scholastic a cappella groups around the world are coming back together after the summer apart, holding auditions, and, of course, welcoming new voices into the fold. In a post inspired by our friends over at Uplift Events (http://www.upliftevents.com.au/), today we’re looking at five reasons why team building is essential to your group’s success.

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