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Thomas J. West Music

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Building a Community On Patreon: Sierra Nelson Sings Climb Ev'ry Mountain

Posted on January 16, 2016 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

At the $4 pledge level on my Patreon page, I use my Facebook page (700+ likes), Google Plus profile (400+ followers), Twitter account (2,500+ followers), and my award-winning Music Education Blog to help promote a fellow Patreon creator's creation.

 

Today, I'd like to feature another cool creation by ‎Patreon‬ creator

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Andy Grammer's Honey I'm Good for SSAA Barbershop Quartet

Posted on September 6, 2015 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Andy Grammer's Honey I'm Good for SSAA Barbershop Quartet


I occasionally get commissions to write a cappella arrangements. All of my arrangement commissions are licensed for online streaming to make them in compliance with US Copyright code, and often the group requesting the arrangement will send me a recording of their group performin...

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In Memoriam: Ben E. King's Legacy to American Vocal Music

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The Drifters' influence on American vocal music can not be discounted. With songs like "Stand By Me", "On Broadway," and "Up On The Roof", Ben E. King and The Drifters have become a paragon of doo wop music and artists that have influenced generations of doo wop and contemporary a cappella singers.


Ben E...

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Help an Aspiring Professional Vocalist Make It to Carnegie Hall In Fall of 2015

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

One of the main positives of the modern internet is crowdfunding. It is now possible for anyone with an internet connection and a few basic resources to get assistance from others for reaching financial, personal, and organizational goals. If you are a regular reader of my blog, ...

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Blue Eyes Blind (A Cappella Cover)

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

image: zzward.com

 

Here's another a cappella multi-track version of my latest arrangement commission. This is an SSAA arrangement commissioned in March 2015. My music production skills are completely self-taught, so all of the recording, editing, and mixing is by trial and error.


 

This is definitely one of my better effo...

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ABC - I Want You Back A Cappella Mashup

Posted on April 13, 2015 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Jackson 5 TV Special 1972

image: wikimedia commons

 


This slideshow video accompanies my latest home recording endeavor. I was commissioned to write this mashup for a high school a cappella group and thought it was a good candidate to try to multi-track record. I have learned a lot more about music prod...

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Support The Emerging A Cappella Scene At West Chester University

Posted on April 9, 2015 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

image: Tom with WCU High Street Harmonix


Despite a necessary 10-year hiatus, I have been and continue to be involved with the thriving genre of contemporary a cappella music that has gained much traction over the last five years. What we consider to be contemporary a cappella has its roo...

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KeyStone A Cappella Nominated for Six Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I am extremely late announcing this on my blog, but this is noteworthy. Each year, The Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA) takes submissions from all over the planet for the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards. The CARAs ...

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Pioneering Women In Music - Ella Fitzgerald

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)


I currently teach at a rather unique school. In this school, the middle school students have a required course called Integrated Arts. Each year, Integrated Arts has a central theme, which this year is "Pioneering Women In The Arts." In the first half of the year, students ro...

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New Contemporary A Cappella Services Available

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Thomas

After my good friend Shawn Pearce closed the door on Value Vocals in 2014, I found myself in a bit of a quandary. As a staff arranger for Value Vocals, I had really enjoyed getting arrangement jobs from Shawn and getting paid to do something I enjoy. With all of the other things I do, however, I simply don't have time to open the doo...

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