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Welcome to CASAcademy, the comprehensive site for learning about a cappella online!
Check back regularly as we update this area of the CASA website with instructional videos and booklets.
Got an idea of something we should include? Email Marc Silverberg with any suggestions: marc@casa.org.

January 2014 Edition of CASAcademy

by Marc Silverberg

Included in this edition is: Group Warm-Ups, Original Circlesongs, How to Re-harmonize Chords for Your A cappella Arrangement, and the Content Standards for A cappella Education

February 2014 Edition of CASAcademyby Marc Silverberg

Included in this edition is: Group Warm-Ups, Original Circlesongs, An Introduction to Contemporary A cappella: A High School Lesson Plan.

April 2014 Edition of CASAcademyby Marc Silverberg

Included in this edition is: Group Warm-Ups, Original Circlesongs

September 2014 Edition of CASAcademyby Marc Silverberg

Included in this edition is: Group Warm-Ups, Original Circlesongs, The A cappella Starter Package

October 2014 Edition of CASAcademyby Marc Silverberg

Included in this edition is: Warm-Ups for Belting, Original Circlesongs, 

recording studio

Recording 101: The Basicsby James Cannon

 
limited edition

High School A Cappella by Amanda Roeder

Accompanying document: Audition Form

 
road trip

Planning a Tour by Deke Sharon

 
leadership

Group Leadership by Greg Baird

 
muses

All-female Arranging by Lauren Barreiro

 
fundraising

Fundraising by Candice Leigh Helfand

 
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How to Run Auditions by Deke Sharon

 
Deke Sharon teaches the basics of a cappella arranging.

Contemporary A Cappella Arranging in 10 Steps with Deke Sharon
Los Angeles A Cappella Festival
January 31, 2009

CASA founder Deke Sharon is widely regarded as one of the most influential pioneers in contemporary a cappella. As a professional performer and published arranger, Deke's vast experience with arranging for contemporary a cappella is surpassed by none. In this video, Deke breaks down the arranging process into 10 simple steps that almost anyone can follow to create their own custom arrangement. Check it out!

 

How to Create a Press Kit with Bud Anderson

Bud Anderson performs in several a cappella groups including Hookslide and Boyz Nite Out and for over a decade was the principal agent at A Cappella Central (aka Prince SF Productions). In this professionally produced video, Bud takes you step-by-step through the process of creating a press kit and other materials you'll need to get gigs.

 

Vocal Percussion Technique with Jake Moulton
Los Angeles A Cappella Festival
January 31, 2009

Jake Moulton was a founding member of the rock a cappella band Kickshaw and later performed with the world-renowned pop/jazz vocal group m-pact.  Now performing full-time with The House Jacks, Jake takes time in this video to teach the basics of beginning vocal percussion and answers common beatboxing questions.

 

Recording Tips with Bill Hare and Mark Hines
Los Angeles A Cappella Festival
January 31, 2009

With over 25 years in the business, Bill Hare is universally regarded as the pioneer of modern a cappella recording techniques.  With just 5 years under his belt, Mark Hines has quickly established himself as a major player in the a cappella recording industry.  In this video, these two multi-award-winning studio producers take time to answer some of the most common questions about their work and even give some advice for do-it-yourselfers.

 

Vocal Instruments with Deke Sharon and Jake Moulton
Los Angeles A Cappella Festival
January 31, 2009

CASA founder Deke Sharon is widely regarded as one of the most influential pioneers in contemporary a cappella, and is well known for his uncanny ability to imitate instruments with his voice. His House Jacks bandmate Jake Moulton is a longtime a cappella professional vocal percussionist and sound effect maker. In this video, Deke and Jake share tips on how to imitate some of the most common instruments, ranging from strings to brass and everything in between.

 

The ICCA: Tips for Success with Julia Hoffman
Los Angeles A Cappella Festival
January 31, 2009

CASA President Julia Hoffman has extensive experience as both a producer and judge at all levels of the International Championship of College A cappella (ICCA). In this video, Julia breaks down the judging rubric, gives a behind-the-scenes look at what judges are considering when adjudicating a group's set, and, using the UCSD TriTones as a hands-on example, dishes out some valuable tips for success.

Starting A Group (PDF) by Deke Sharon

There’s no need to learn the hard way! From conceptualization through your first performance, we can tell you the best way to find members, run auditions, structure your group, build a quick repertoire, and start performing.