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Ask Deke: How can I breathe new life and sound into our chorus?

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 09:00
Q: Old chorus… old members… old attitudes… old songs… Resistant to improving or changing. We need help with trying to keep the chorus in pitch.   We have a younger director of 4 yrs who...

Straight No Chaser and Postmodern Jukebox at the Greek Theatre 8/12

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 12:26
 LAAF is thrilled to be partnering with Live Nation for Straight No Chaser's upcoming show with Postmodern Jukebox this Saturday, 8/12 at the Greek...

Ask Deke: How can my choir attract both younger and more seasoned singers?

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 09:00
Q: How can a brand-new just off the ground A cappella Chorus attract more younger members (10-20) and yet still be attractive to the seasoned singers?~ Kevin   A: This is a question...

Ask Deke: How do I make my group's video go viral?

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 09:00
Q: My college group made a video that we're trying to get some attention for. Do you know anyone that's good at making aca YouTube videos go viral?~ Adam   A: What’s interesting about...

Ask Deke: How do I make my group's video go viral?

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 09:00
Q: My college group made a video that we're trying to get some attention for. Do you know anyone that's good at making aca YouTube videos go viral?~ Adam   A: What’s interesting about...

Ask Deke: How do you handle handshake and verbal agreements that are broken or unfulfilled?

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 09:00
Q: How do you handle handshake and verbal agreements that are broken or unfulfilled? For instance, suppose I was offered a gig and accepted it. Following that, there was much merriment and...

Ask Deke: When should I choose more fluid vocal lines over more rhythmic ones?

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 09:00
Q: When is it appropriate in an arrangement to opt for echos/trios/duets/very fluid vocal lines, over more rhythmic parts like doos and dms. It's clear that winning collegiate groups are moving...

Ask Deke: How can I incorporate contemporary a cappella into my curriculum?

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 09:00
Q: As a preservice music educator, I often think about ways to incorporate contemporary a cappella into my future curricula. I know you've done work with ACDA on incorporating a cappella into...

Ask Deke: How do you, as an arranger, catch the audience's attention? How do you become known as an arranger?

Monday, May 29, 2017 - 09:00
Q: What is the best way of getting known as an arranger outside of your immediate area? Also separate question, what's the best way to arrange an effective intro? What are some strategies...

Ask Deke: How can my group (1) help bring attention to a cappella and (2) survive over a sustained period of time?

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 09:01
Q: Hi Deke! How can groups / people / aca-lovers in countries like Australia and New Zealand help bring acapella more attention, and secondly, what does an acapella group need to do to survive over...