Scoring Rubric

The AEA judging system was designed by a team of music educators and a cappella specialists led by Drew Wheaton.  Drew, a Barbershop Harmony Society Gold Medalist, worked with this team to create an objective and standards-based system  with which to evaluate contemporary a cappella performances.

Any AEA member is welcome to use this adjudication system free of charge, as long as you identify that the system being used is the Official AEA Adjudication System and you do not alter the elements in any way.

If you are interested in hiring official AEA-certified judges, please contact Drew.

Vocal
Elements

A graded rubric of vocal elements, including Vocal Quality, Intonation, Balance, and Unity.

Vocal
Elements

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Musical
Elements

A graded rubric of musical elements, including Rhythm, Groove, Musicality, and Vocalization.

Musical
Elements

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Performance Elements

A graded rubric of vocal elements, including Visuals, Movement, Solo, Emotion, and General Effect.

Performance Elements

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