All students rehearse together as a group on Saturdays.
Performance Squad & Senior Plus Squad
2:30pm (4 hour rehearsal)
Senior Squad & Junior Plus Squad
3:30pm (3 hour rehearsal)
4:15pm (2 hour 15 minutes rehearsal)
Invitation Only, Professional Performance Team
Junior and Senior Squads get 3 performance opportunities (min) per semester: 1x Public Performance 2x Winter Showcase Performances.
Performance Squad is required to perform 3 out of 4 weekends every month, gets priority over industry bookings and is featured on our annual Squad Harmonix Cover Album available on iTunes and Spotify.
For returning members, hopefully you should know what level you will be signing up for but for new members we require auditions for anyone wanting to sign up for Senior level and above.
Junior and Junior Plus requires no live audition but to qualify please send in a video to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject ‘CHILDS NAME Junior Audition’ of your child singing. Have them face the camera and sing for 1 minute along to their favorite song. We are looking for pitch and ability to focus. If accepted then we will ask you to continue with your registration. If we feel your child isn’t quite ready we will suggest they take a few private voice classes in order to get up to speed and will suggest applying next semester.
Sight Reading (using Solfeg)
Every student is expected to focus during class and go home and practice. All music and recordings are set up on a private Dropbox that will be required by every student to download in order to rehearse.
Unlike regular choir that uses backing tracks or a live orchestra - a cappella uses only voices to maintain the key and therefore requires every single performer to know their vocal part.
Students, when asked, will be expected throughout the semester to send in recordings of themselves singing their harmony section over the recording of the songs they are learning.
If they are unable to show that their harmony section is fully memorized correctly they will be pulled from the privilege of performing in that song for any upcoming performances until their part is learned. For new students and beginners this may seem daunting and if sufficient practice isn’t done, may result in students only being able to perform on a few songs until a proper practice routine is put in place at home however, we promise that once you get used to it you will love it. If you constantly sing around the house then this will be easy and extremely fun for you. We will help you grow and strengthen your ability but it does require a lot of practice at home. The more dedication at home, the more songs you will perform on.
Hard Work = Reward
This is a very advanced method of teaching voice and music and requires every student to dedicate themselves to their practice. If you already have private voice lessons then that’s great! Please have you voice teacher help you with your practice.
If you do not have a private voice teacher(not required for Juniors but helps a lot) then it is highly encouraged for
parents to sit and help their kids with their practice. You do not need to be a great singer or be able to read music to
understand the work but having a parent sit with a student does wonders to their progress.
Have them read along with their music while listening to the recordings, help them learn their lyrics and record them if they think they are ready and play back their harmony and decided together what section needs improving. For many parents this is a fantastic way to bond with your child.
Singing is a very personal instrument and we have had wonderful feedback from parents who have done this. It becomes a team effort at home.
A place to belong and feel part of a family. A center to educate, challenge and grow your skill in voice performance in a
warm and loving environment. There are various levels to work your way up and eventually get yourself on the
Performance Squad if that is your dream, otherwise it is a great place to continue improving your skills with some
amazing performance opportunities as you grow at your own speed.
Your music knowledge, sight reading and musicianship as a vocalist is guaranteed to improve as no one gets left behind providing they put the work in.
Most kids LOVE it, others find it too much work - we understand it’s not for everyone but the results are exceptional which is the standard we aim for and for those that are ready for the challenge then this is the Squad for you.
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