A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Pitch Slapped is a reality show about a capella groups in competition, a la Pitch Perfect. Hard work, collaboration, and music and performance education are major themes. Not surprisingly, there’s some competitive behavior, but it's nothing extreme given the show's context. Outside of the occasional tough word (most of which are in song lyrics), there's not a lot to worry about here, which makes it a good choice for music and a capella fans of all ages.
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What's the story?
PITCH SLAPPED is a reality series that follows two rival a capella teams as they prepare for and compete in an invitational event. Two professional vocal producers are brought in to work with each New Jersey high school team: Cherry Hill's Stay Tuned and Allendale's Highlands Voices. From learning how to amplify themselves and connect with their audiences to developing strong choreography, each group works hard, entering small competitions in the meantime to continue to improve. Throughout it all, the coaches must keep insecurities and egos in check. At the end of the two months, the teams must face off.
Is it any good?
This fun series highlights how a capella groups, made popular thanks to films such as Pitch Perfect and groups such as Pentatonix, must prepare to compete at top levels. The musical performances are entertaining, as are the various exercises, auditions, and other related activities. But also interesting is the musical and performance advice that coaches offer, which underscores the technical aspects of this kind of art form.
There’s some drama, mostly from the pressure of actual competitions. But it also comes from coaches making hard decisions when it comes to the good of the group, including pitting vocalists against each other to force them to work harder, secure solos, and play other roles in the group. But the focus on a strong work ethic, developing musical technique, and team collaboration make this a solid viewing option for tween and teen a capella fans.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the art of a cappella singing. Did you know that the art form goes back to the Italian Renaissance? How has it evolved over time?
Competition is often used as a motivator to work hard and do better. When can competitive behavior go too far? How do the styles of the coaches featured here affect the competition between the teams?
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