The Arranger Certification Program (ACP) is an educational program designed to provide additional training and further develop skills for Sweet Adelines International potential arrangers, as well as directors, quartet members and musical leaders who would like a better understanding of how to analyze and arrange music in the barbershop style. The program is broken into three skill levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. It provides opportunities to develop and validate the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and create arrangements for barbershop singers.
- To support and supplement regional programs of arranger education while making arranging education available to all members in all regions.
- To prepare members interested in barbershop arranging for arranging assignments and strengthen the pool of advanced arranging candidates.
- To promote a better understanding of barbershop for all members, particularly those who need to choose music for competition purposes. This might include directors, quartet members, music team members and anyone who would like a better understanding of how barbershop is constructed and what makes it strong.
- To provide recognition to validate the skills of those who meet the requirements of the program at each level.
ACP participants are classified as follows:
|Candidate||A participant at any level of the ACP (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)|
|Approved Music Arranger (AMA)||A Candidate who has successfully completed both the Beginner and Intermediate levels of the ACP.|
|Certified Music Arranger (CMA)||An arranger who has completed participation in the Advanced Level of the ACP and successfully applied for the title of CMA by submitting three barbershop arrangements for evaluation to the SA ACP Coordinators.|
|Master Music Arranger (MMA)||An arranger who has completed all levels of the program. This title recognizes leadership qualities in the field of SA barbershop arranging.|
There are three levels in the Arranger Certification Program:
This level consists of self-study with testing based on the current SA Arranger’s Guide and supplemental materials to be provided by the program. The format of the ACP Beginner Level program closely mirrors the format of the Director Certification Program (DCP) with testing conducted in-Region. Beginners will register with HQ, pay a registration fee, conduct self-study on nine study modules and begin taking exams at their own pace. Participants who successfully complete the Beginner level will receive a Certificate of Completion.
This level will consist of small group (cohort) study with facilitation, using online meeting technology. It will be a practical module with arrangement analysis assignments and hands-on arranging of one or more common vehicles. The Intermediate level will be managed by the ACP using Certified Music Arrangers (CMA) and Master Music Arrangers (MMA) as faculty. Registration will be required. Completion of beginner fundamentals is a prerequisite, but a “challenge” has been designed for those wishing to bypass the beginner level. Participants who successfully complete the Intermediate level will earn the title of Approved Arranger.
The format of the ACP Advanced Level program closely mirrors the format of the former IMAP program. ACP Scholarship funding will be provided by SA for a period of up to two years to qualified individuals. Individual mentoring will be provided by a CMA or MMA. Candidates will have the opportunity to apply for advancement to CMA status upon successful completion of their scholarship.
This ACP Guide is concerned with the Beginner Level of the program exclusively. For further information about the Intermediate or Advanced levels of the program, please contact SA headquarters.
ACP Scholarship Program
The ACP Scholarship Program provides one-on-one training each fiscal year for a maximum of five individuals. The goal is to select individuals with known arranging skills and develop their potential for the creation of barbershop-style music for member use in contests and performances. Each candidate is paired with a Sweet Adelines International Master Music Arranger (MMA) or Certified Music Arranger (CMA) as a mentor. Those individuals chosen to receive a scholarship are expected to advance to the Certified level by the end of their second year of training.
Applicants are recommended by Education Coordinators and Master or Certified Arrangers. Applications can also complete an application without any recommendation. Vital to the success of this program is a high degree of personal commitment. Only individuals interested in committing their efforts to this course of study should be recommended.
Those interested in the program should submit an ACP Scholarship Application, along with three of their best arrangements for consideration. Once the candidates are chosen, a mentor is assigned to each based on mutual agreement. The training year begins on May 1. Expenses for training in excess of the $1,500 stipend is the responsibility of the candidate.
ACP ADVANCEMENT LEVELS
Level 1: Candidate
Those accepted as scholarship recipients.
Level 2: Certified Music Arranger (CMA)
Current CMAs and candidates who successfully complete the requirements for advancement to CMA defined in the applicant level.
Level 3: Master Music Arranger (MMA)
Recognizes and honors lifetime achievement in arranging.
Download Now: ACP Advanced Level Definitions
Following is a list of material available for arrangers through Sweet Adelines International Sales. These are resources are highly-recommended for arrangers and aspiring arrangers:
Member Price $25
Non-Member Price $35
Arranging Concepts and Tools
Member Price $40
Non-Member Price $50
ACP SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
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If you have any questions regarding the ACP, or are interested in applying to the program or for a scholarship, please contact Sweet Adelines International's Education Department.