PURPOSE

Backtrack is passionate about music and the performing arts. We were all lucky enough to have arts education in our schools, and we understand how enriching these programs are for students. We are inspired by the power of the human voice and want to celebrate this gift with others and help them find and develop their own voices. 

 

We've performed at over 100 schools and have received positive feedback from many teachers and administrators who often compliment our ability to relate to and communicate with the students. We've also heard wonderful stories about the lasting effects of our visits such as students taking the initiative to start their own a cappella groups, reserved students coming out of their shells when singing (and/or beatboxing!) and students deciding to enroll in their choirs. These stories are humbling and encourage us to continue providing quality educational programming.
 

PROGRAM OFFERINGS

assembly ♪

Our assembly show is the foundation of our programming. We sing a variety of music, including pop hits, oldies and originals. In addition to singing, we can include an a cappella arranging demonstration, beatbox tutorial, Q&A section and other fun, interactive bits!

workshop ♪

We workshop with choirs, focusing on both musical and performance elements. We can workshop repertoire the students are currently working on and/or we can provide a complimentary Backtrack arrangement for them to learn prior to our visit.

clinics ♪ 

  • Beatboxing - Our award-winning beatboxer, Johnny Buffalo, gives a crash course on beatboxing. He teaches the basic sounds of beatboxing, incorporates the sounds into beats and gets students up on the microphone to try out their beats. Time permitting, the clinic culminates in a beatbox battle where the students are split into different teams. 

  • Choreography - We discuss elements for successful choreography such as directed energy, stillness and call and response. Students are taught a chorus of a song and broken up into small groups to choreograph/block the song. The groups perform and receive feedback. Time and technology permitting, Backtrack members share video examples and discuss the elements that make for strong stage presence (as a group and individually).

  • Group Vocal Improvisation - This is a simple and fun introduction to a cappella arranging and also teaches students about the importance of listening, going with their musical instincts and not being afraid to put themselves out there. The clinic involves teaching and playing a series of games where small groups of students create vocal arrangements on the spot. 

  • Singing a Solo - Backtrack conducts this clinic with the hopes of helping students gain confidence when auditioning and performing solos. We discuss elements that make a successful solo, such as singing with intention, and share tips to help with nerves. Students sing a verse and a chorus of a song and receive feedback. Time and technology permitting, we show video clips of "successful" solos. 

  • DIY Music Video - We discuss the process we use for creating music videos. We discuss the equipment necessary (sometimes just an iPhone will suffice) and the planning and execution steps. Using Backtrack videos as examples, we discuss different structures for music videos including narrative-driven videos, green screen videos and behind-the-scenes videos.

  • Acting A Song - In this class, we discuss the elements that make for a successful musical theatre performance. Students will perform a verse and chorus of their favorite MT selection and workshop the song with the goal of crafting a polished 32 bar audition cut. Students will be given tools to delve into a character’s point of view, turn lyrics into action & find comfortability on the stage. 

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TESTIMONIALS

"Professional to a T, Backtrack is a talented and entertaining ensemble that really knows how to communicate with an audience, be it school or community. Excellent singers and arrangements throughout. Very engaging and reliable people to work with."

William Spencer-Pierce, Performing Arts, Salem Community Schools, Salem IN

"I just wanted to tell you again how grateful we are for your visit to our school. The kids really enjoyed your performance and we talked about it for days. Even more than just amazing entertainment; your visit inspired them!"   

Lucy Nisbet, Choir Director, Ponderosa High School 

"Backtrack was absolutely outstanding both as musicians and educators. The ensemble performed a 2-hour vocal workshop with my choirs followed by a concert that evening at our school. My students were actively engaged from start to finish!!!! All of the music pedagogy that I regularly cover in class were reinforced by Backtrack throughout the workshop. It seemed as though we had all known each other for years because of their easy-going approach and understanding of middle school age students. I am looking forward to having the ensemble back again and again. As an educator, it was nice to sit back and relax while watching my kids learn so much from such an incredible ensemble."

Brett Duchon, the Director of Choirs at Stafford Middle School, Stafford, CT

"Having Backtrack come to our school was hands down one of the best decisions I've made in my seven years of teaching music. Our 5th-8th graders, faculty and administrators loved their performance. It was upbeat, informative, and extremely musical. Our 7th/8th grade advanced chorus had an absolute blast with the beatbox workshop and our 6th-8th grade chorus enjoyed some Q&A time after the performance. This group is organized, professional, and a whole lot of fun. You will not be disappointed!"

Rachael Gareau, the Choral Director at Harding Township School, Harding Township, NJ

"Backtrack performed for our elementary students and left quite an impression! They are not only excellent musicians, but they are also great performers, keeping 300 students engaged at a time. They did a beautiful job teaching kids about a cappella music in kid friendly terms, doing various demonstrations and even making the presentation hands on by inviting students (and staff!) to practice with them. The kids sang along, wanted to dance and had a truly memorable experience. I highly recommend having Backtrack perform at your school!"

Christine Dragone, the Assistant Principal at North Side School, East Williston, NY

PAST SCHOOLS

  • Bethel Middle School - Bethel, CT

  • East Haddam Elementary School - Moodus, CT

  • Frank T. Wheeler School - Plainville, CT

  • Hebron Elementary School - Hebron, CT

  • John Read Middle School - Redding, CT

  • Kingswood Oxford School - West Hartford, CT

  • Linden Street School - Plainville, CT

  • Louis Toffolon School - Plainville, CT

  • Martin Kellogg Middle School - Newington, CT

  • Mathewson School - Milford, CT

  • North Street School - Greenwich, CT

  • Stafford Middle School - Stafford, CT

  • Washington Montessori School - New Preston, CT

  • First Coast High School - Jacksonville, FL

  • Salem High School - New Albany, IN

  • Sippican School - Marion, MA

  • Shepherd High School - Shepherd, MI

  • Winn Elementary - Shepherd, MI

  • Hopewell Valley Central School - Pennington, NJ

  • Jackson Memorial High School - Jackson, NJ

  • Markham Place School - Little Silver, NJ

  • Tuscan Elementary School - Maplewood, NJ

  • Delaware Academy - Delhi, NY

  • ​Fieldston Lower School - Bronx, NY

  • John F. Kennedy High School - Bellmore, NY

  • M.C. Miller Middle School - Lake Katrine, NY

  • Meadow Drive Elementary - Albertson, NY

  • Minisink Elementary School - Slate Hill, NY

  • New City Elementary School - New City, NY

  • Northside Charter High School - Brooklyn, NY

  • O'Neill High School - Walton, NY

  • Roosevelt High School - Roosevelt, NY

  • Sacred Heart School - New York, NY

  • Success Academy Bed-Stuy 2 - Brooklyn, NY

  • Success Academy Cobble Hill - Brooklyn, NY

  • Success Academy Washington Heights - New York, NY

  • Success Academy Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY

  • Townsend Elementary School - Walton, NY

  • The Wheatley School - Old Westbury,  NY

  • Woodward Children's Center - Freeport, NY

  • Baldwin School - Bryn Mawr, PA

  • Elizabeth Forward Middle School - Elizabeth, PA

  • ​J.T. Lambert Intermediate School - East Stroudsburg, PA

  • Kiski Area High School - Vandergrift, PA

  • New Garden Elementary School - Toughkenamon, PA

  • The Pen Ryn School - Fairless Hills, PA

  • Saegertown Jr./Sr. High School - Saegertown, PA

  • Smethport Area Jr. & Sr. High School - Smethport, PA

  • Trinity Valley School - Fort Worth, TX

  • ​DC Everest Area School District - Schofield, WI

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Contact

 

Email: info@backtrackvocals.com 

 

Phone: 817-688-6306

Location: New York, NY

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