Publication Date

2013-04-24

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2013-04-24

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Vocal Performance (Music)

Date of Defense

2013-03-08

First Committee Member

Donald Oglesby

Second Committee Member

Karen Kennedy

Third Committee Member

Rachel L. Lebon

Fourth Committee Member

Larry Lapin

Abstract

This goal of this document is to empower teachers to arrange and perform popular music with choral ensembles. A detailed step‐by‐step guide for how to arrange popular music for choirs of various ability levels forms the bulk of the essay. Other topics include pedagogical arguments for the inclusion of popular music in a choral curriculum, rehearsal techniques for popular‐style music, practical considerations when performing and programming popular music, and legal implications and issues.

Keywords

arranging; choir; pop music

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