“When I was in middle school, music class would consist of singing songs from music textbooks, or using rhythm sticks to learn about rhythm.”
“Students today are learning music by creating it, in a hands-on environment. Using iMacs, students are notating music with Finale, recording, sequencing, and even film scoring with GarageBand, and eventually producing through iTunes: all the while, learning about music the way the know it, digitally. By the end of the year, students not only have created some of their own music and MP3s, they understand digital copyright laws and how to be a responsible consumer. Learning to live, and living to learn.”
Course Topics and Unit Essential Questions...
Course and Computer Orientation What does it take to be successful in this class? Explain the differences in using a Mac computer.
Notation and Composition How does basic music notation assist in composing music?
Keyboarding How do basic keyboard skills aid in piano performance?
Sequencing, Recording, and Songwriting How can GarageBand encourage a young songwriter?
Musicals and Film Scoring How is a musical different than a movie with music?
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Above: Students select a drum loop for the
foundation of their song.
Above: Students save their film scoring project,
for upload to StudyWiz.
Above: A student takes a moment to enjoy his work through the headphones!