NE Voices 2021 Workshops
How do we create engaging, cohesive, and exciting content that enriches the lives of our audience when content is limited to remote creation.
Brand-Aid: Identity and Brand in A Cappella
Adam Levine, Jon Lavalley, and Anthony Pulido
Starting a new group? Redefining an existing one? Join us in uncovering how to build an iconic brand. We'll give you the tools to establish and express your group's identity, visually and musically.
Organization + Teamwork: Behind the Scenes of A Cappella
Remote Recording and You
An outline of techniques to get the best results possible from home recording. Whether using a smart phone or professional mic and interface, these best practices will get your voices to sound as good as they can.
The Dos and Don'ts of DIY A Cappella
The pandemic has left us all feeling isolated, physically and mentally. Some of us don't have the opportunity to make music with others in person at all, but that shouldn't stop you from being able to make music. In this workshop, we will talk extremely realistically about what it takes to learn how do each step of the a cappella process yourself. By looking at the experience of self-starters in the field and examining available resources at every budget line, we will figure out what you need to learn to make a cappella music on your own and how you will self-curate your a cappella production education.
Mixing Basics: Part 1 and Part 2
Students will learn about different plugins such as EQ, compression, reverb, delay, and more. Students will learn how these plugins work and which ones belong on each track
Vocal Percussion & Sampling: Part 1 and Part 2
The students will have a basic understanding of creating, placing, balancing, and treating vocal percussion samples. Students will have a basic understanding of arranging a vocal drum kit based on the VP track. Mel will share some secrets on how to make the drums really pop.
Electronic A Cappella Production
Are you interested in both electronic music and a cappella? Hey, me too! We can push the human voice to some pretty crazy heights in the studio, so stop by and learn about some of the techniques we can use to make dance music with our voices. Bring your questions!
The First Steps to Becoming a Master Filmmaker
In this workshop, you'll learn the first steps of how to use a camera and understand its fundamental features, such as aperture, shutter speed, and iso. On top of that, we'll cover other important tips and tricks that will make your shots look way better.
Music Video Editing
Walk through Acasola's music video for 24K Magic and learn about the choices made to turn a concept all the way into a music video.
Best Practices for Shooting Footage
Conceptualizing and Producing a Music Video
Sabrina Song and Isabelle Danzi
Vocal Percussion 101
Everything you need to start beatboxing from scratch! You will learn essential practice habits that will help you improve beyond the basics in no time.
Bringing Vocal Percussion to A Cappella
In this workshop, I want to share my experience as a singer/vocal percussionist and teach some fundamentals to anyone interested in Vocal Percussion. The way I see it, we're all on our own paths through art, music, and life. I remember what it was like when I first started learning to make noises with my mouth, and since then I've learned so much that I can now share that may kickstart your thinking about VP, whether you've just started, or if you've been learning on your own for a while. Having any sort of feedback, in a world where not many people do what we do, can be so helpful. We will discuss the function of Vocal Percussion in a cappella, how to make tasteful choices, how to practice Vocal Percussion, how to expand the range of sounds at your disposal, and answer any questions you may have had since starting.
Acting for the Camera
It's hard to bring your authentic energy into your acabop when there's no audience to feed off of! In this workshop you'll learn how to give a more impactful performance over a virtual medium.
We’ve all been in a place where we feel stuck trying to work on our solos and audition songs, just running them over and over without making any real changes. Solo Coachings is designed to help you overcome that feeling and to give you specific practice techniques to take home! Volunteers will sing sections of their solo, and together we'll identify specific areas that need work, before digging in and putting these practice techniques to the test.
This workshop will be connected to my Know Your Voice workshop last year, so if you felt inspired learning more about your voice and want to see that in action, come stop by!
Beginning Arranging: What Makes a Chord Progression?
An introduction to common methods of vocal arranging, based in understanding chord progressions.
Intermediate Arranging: Arranging in a DAW
An introduction to common methods of vocal arranging, exploring notation programs (including notational/engraving conventions), DAW arranging, and strategies for interpretation.
Arranging as Storytelling
"Arranging Like a Storyteller” explores some of the core tenets of how to tell a great story (clarity, pacing, character, and the ending), and examines how those techniques can be used to create an arrangement that engages an audience. Participants are encouraged to think about telling their own unique stories when they interpret a song a cappella, rather than simply writing down the original with voices.
Let's Get Loopy!
This class will teach students how to use the Loopy app, a robust $5 mobile app loop workstation that can be an amazing tool for unlocking creativity and discovering new arranging approaches for both novice and professionals alike!
What's A Cappella?!
This is the perfect workshop for all of those who are new to the world of a cappella, or those who simply wish to gain a better foundational understanding of this crazy form of music. Focusing in on the history, evolution, and the basics of music-making and sound to answer the question of "what is a cappella?" students will gain a stronger understanding of this form of music we are all weirdly passionate about.
Small Ensemble Rehearsal Techniques: How to Navigate a Group-Led Rehearsal
Jared Graveley and Highline Vocal Jazz
In the world of professional a cappella, many groups do not operate under the baton of a sole artistic director. Singers should prepare themselves to be communicative collaborators so they may feel emboldened by their skills and empowered to share musical ideas. Highline operates as a cohesive unit of five individuals with unique skills to bring to the table. In this workshop, we'll demonstrate how we rehearse together towards honing our craft and making the highest level music we can.
Open Masterclass: Upper Structure
This workshop will be an open masterclass of Berklee Upper Structure's virtual competition set. They will work with our in-house clinicians and receive commentary on their set after a public viewing of their performance.
Fast, Fun, Low-Tech Virtual Project Techniques
In the persistent age of the "virtual choir," I've developed a remote recording process that captures an in-person rehearsal experience. I can teach you how to get the best quality audio and performance, while keeping it easy, fun, and low-tech for you and your students. I’m a CARA-nominated a cappella producer, and I’ve found that you can get 90% of the way there using just your iPhone. It's possible to create an event that represents your hard work and commitment without adding any more hours to your day.
Fast, Fun, Low-Tech Virtual Project Techniques
This workshop is an open forum with the creators of the Upbeat Music, a revolutionary app that is changing the virtual rehearsal process during this unusual time.
Julia McBride and Adam Tarpey
Educators involved in the festival are invited to join in on a roundtable discussion on how to best lead musical ensembles in this unusual time.