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A new approach to a cappella music

In recent years, the world has seen a tremendous development of new ways of making music in a cappella groups. A wide variety of genres are represented among the vocal groups, to an extent that simply did not exist twenty years ago, or so.

It seems to be a global phenomenon - an awakening interest among young people to start new vocal groups can be found in all countries.

In a traditional choir, where a conductor leads the rehearsals and conducts the concerts, the singers naturally assume a relatively passive role.

In a small vocal ensemble, on the other hand, where each singer is the only person responsible for singing his/her part, it follows as a natural course of things that all group members are involved in the creative processes. In rehearsals, it is very common that a cappella group members share the leadership role.

What consequences does this have for the development of new rehearsal methods for vocal ensembles?

It goes without saying that traditional choral practise methods need to be transformed in order to be incorporated into vocal groups.

In the case of rhythmic music styles; pop, jazz, gospel, soul, folk, r&b, etcetera, this is particularly evident, since articulation and phrasing in these music styles are very different from how you sing classical choral music.

In most countries, all education available for leadership in vocal ensemble music is based on classical choral music rehearsal methods. Of course there is a lot to learn from the old masters. But as the way music is performed changes, the educational systems need to change as well.

If you want to open up a new school for vocal ensemble music from scratch, where is the natural place to start?

Since we live in a world where information technology provides us with new opportunities to meet and exchange experiences, the logical answer is: on the internet!

That is where we open The Real Academy - a new school for new forms of vocal ensemble music.

Let us make circles on the water together!

The Real Group

About The Real Group
Can rehearsals be fun?
What does The Real Group have in common with amateur vocal ensembles and singers?
New musical styles require new approaches to singing
Can traditional choir rehearsal methods be mixed with a new, modern approach?
About group dynamics

About The Real Group
The Real Group has had the privilege to share our kind of a cappella music with concert audiences all over the world for over a quarter of a century.

When we began our musical journey, in 1984, at that time all education available for vocal ensembles was based on classical music.

In order to incorporate contemporary musical styles - various forms of rhythmic instrumental music - we needed to develop our own educational concepts, that we have refined in numerous workshops with vocal groups and choirs all over the world.

Our artist career has given us invaluable moments of joy.
Now the time has come for us to give back - to you!

Can rehearsals be fun?
In short - yes of course!

We have practical advice for you, that will assist you in having a positive, inspirational and rewarding experience from the hard work in acquiring the necessary technical skills.

What does The Real Group have in common with amateur vocal ensembles and singers?
We have seen, in numerous workshop sessions all around the world, that our educational concepts works for vocal ensembles on all levels.

Because we have so many things in common.

We all want to have fun.
We all want to be filled by the spirit of the music.
We all want to share this feeling with others.

New musical styles require new approaches to singing

A challenge, when it comes to teaching rhythmic music for vocal ensembles, is that each style of music has its own stylistic requirements. Different genres have their own unique articulations and phrasings.

This is particularly evident when choir singers form a vocal group and begin to sing pop, jazz, and other rhythmical styles of music, that require a very different articulation compared to classical c

If singers apply stylistic interpretations from one style onto another, this can sometimes lead to interesting musical results.

But most often the outcome does not make sense to an audience used to listening to specific styles of music.

To change one's singing habits requires an effort.
Such a process takes time.
It is also very rewarding and fun!

Especially when the singers get immediate feedback from the audience.

Can traditional choir rehearsal methods be mixed with a new, modern approach?
The members of The Real Group grew up singing in traditional classical choirs.

In our work, we have learned how to combine the vast knowledge inherent in this music with the educational concepts we have developed for contemporary rhythmic music.

About group dynamics
We firmly believe that a positively dynamic social interaction between ensemble members is essential to making beautiful music through singing together.

It doesn't mean that you must agree on everything.
It doesn't mean that you must know everything about each other's private lives.

But it does mean that you need to respect each other's musical ideas and visions for the group. This can be learned.

Experience has taught us concrete tips and tricks for how an ensemble can fine-tune their communication in order to establish a creative social environment; a positive group dynamics interaction.

We are happy to share all of this with you!

See you in our classes!


The Real Group

/PK Nov 9, 2010

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