Mouth Music provides students the opportunity to learn the craft of a cappella from world class instructors of music and songwriting. Foundational to advanced vocal ensemble skills will be honed while learning contemporary music, which will also include original "circle singing" songs by the students. We will also integrate vocal percussion techniques to allow the group to explore the realm of “vocal band” vs. traditional vocal music. Make no mistake, Mouth Music ain’t your grandpa’s a cappella or barbershop group (but we do think he’ll still LOVE it). Music for this course will be specially arranged for the group or specifically chosen for the individual group's ranges, aptitudes and skill sets. All purchased arrangements will become something the students can keep when the ten week course concludes. Lead instructor and highly sought after choral director, Stephen Ross, of the internationally acclaimed vocal group FACE has been educating students of vocal and musical arts for more than fifteen years. For an example of this program visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cML82ymCW8 A $75 arranging and materials fee is payable to the instructor the first day of class. All participants will perform at the "All District A Cappella Concert" - time and location TBA. On the first class meeting date, the first 15 minutes we will hold a parent meeting with the students and instructor. This will allow parents to meet the instructor, have him answer any questions and for everyone to understand the curriculum and materials.