"Musical Content Creation as a Tool for Reaching Out"
Master's Project at RAMA

Are you searching for new vocal arrangements? Would you like to learn more about how to do rhythmic music in a choir?

As a part of my masters studies at the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg, I have created a bundle of sheet music, live videos and tutorials that I’m handing out - completely for free. Beginning on Monday 29.4.2019, there’ll be one tutorial and one song published each week for four weeks altogether.

 

In order to get your free copy of the sheet music,

send me an email and tell me which song and which setup you'd like. If you plan to use it with your group, I'd love to hear which choir or vocal group it is! I'll reply with a pdf-file that is customized to either your or your groups name.


I'm looking forward to share this material with you!

"Something 'Bout to Begin"

music and lyrics by Ida Olsonen

performed by Chorus Iucundus

Versions available:

  • S/A/T/B with or without divisi

  • S/MS/A/TB with or without divisi

  • lead voc & backing voc with chords for accompaniment

Being a choral condutor who specialized in non-classical styles (like pop, rock, jazz, funk, r'n'b etc.), a lot of the work I do is on groove and rhythm. This is an introduction into how to make vocal music groove.

"On aika päästää irti" ('It's time to let go')

music and lyrics by Ida Olsonen

performed by Kipinät-kuoro

Versions available:

  • S/A/T/B with or without divisi

  • S/MS/A/TB with or without divisi

  • lead voc & backing voc with chords for accompaniment

Part 2 in "The Toolbox for Rhythmic A Cappella" continues on the topic of how to make vocal music groove. This time we're talking about choice of tempo, how to use the metronome, and how different tone endings impact the feel of the groove.

"Näkisit minut sellaisena kuin olen" ('You'd See Me As I Am')

music and lyrics by Ida Olsonen

performed by ZinZingen

Versions available:

  • S/S/A/A

  • S/MS/A/TB

  • S/A/T/B

In part 3 of "The Toolbox for Rhythmic A Cappella", we discuss how to approach interpretation of a song. What do we want to say with our music, and how can we utilize the power of the group in interpretational work?

"Sylvian joululaulu" ('Sylvias Christmas Song')

music by Karl Collán and lyrics by Zacharias Topelius, translated by Matti Korpilahti, arrangement by Ida Olsonen

performed by KUMO

Versions available:

  • S/MS/A/T&beatbox/B - for experienced beatboxers

  • S/MS/A/T&vocal perc/B - with written out percussive parts in the tenor

In part 4 of "The Toolbox for Rhythmic A Cappella", we discuss blend and phrasing. How should instrumental passages be approached? What are the phrasing details that are rarely written in the sheet, and up to your artistic choices? What kind of tools are there to improve the blend of your group?