Need a starting point? Remember these from Assignment #4

Software Tracks
Add and delete tracks
Select a MIDI Patch (Instrument) for a track
Record on a Software Track
Split and Re Join.
Volume and Pan Envelope Changes 

Loops Track
Add and delete tracks
Add a loop
Split and Re Join.

Volume and Pan Envelope Changes
Change Pitch 


Assignment # 7 "Your Choice"


In this assignment you will be creating a 2:30 (2 minute and 30 seconds) song.  It is called "Your Choice" because if you want to make a Rap Song, Hip Hop, Rock, Country, Jazz, etc - Its Your Choice! Want to switch from one genre to another during the 2:30 its Your Choice! 

Be creative and have fun!  You will have until end of class Friday October 7 to complete this assignment.



At least 15 music tracks - 5 of the 15 must be originally recorded by you using Software Tracks and Keyboard/Device.

You must show volume and pan changes. 

Sound Effects do NOT count towards the 15 music tracks.  These are in addition to and you are welcome to use as you see fit. 

Listen to the past projects on the MP3 player


Helpful Hints

Keep it interesting!  Change something every 8 beats

Use A-B-A Form
Edit loops to create your own! 

Hand your headphones to the person next to you and listen.

Feel free to experiment! Try something outside your musical comfort zone!  

Use the composition techniques from 


Save File as: GB 7 and your initials. 


What are Stems? 
Assignment # 8 Speeches

Go online and listen to the various TV, movie or historical speeches.
Make a new speech by taking words or phrases from the various speeches.
Clips you use cannot be longer than 10-15 seconds each
Flie Length 3:00 minutes or longer
Export final product as an MP3 


Save file as GB8 and your initials


Assignment # 9

A Mashup is simply taking two songs and playing them at the same time. Pick songs that are close in tempo and see if they work!
Have fun and be creative. You never know what might work!

Find an acapella version of your favorite song.
Add an instrumental version of another of your favorite songs You now have a mashup!


Create two separate mashups of two (2) songs that are 1:00-3:00 minutes in length.

Music Technology Question the Week  Week of September 19, 2016 "Good Music" 
Assignment # 5  Ringtones

A Ringtone should alert you that you are receiving a call or text.
What do you think are characteristics of a good Ringtone?



20 Seconds in length. Exactly, no more, no less.
Music Contain at least 5 tracks

1 of the 5 tracks must be recorded using a software track

Must show volume and pan changes

This assignment can be exported as an MP3 and downloaded to your phone

To Export: - Go to SHARE then EXPORT SONG TO DISK. Select MP3 on bottom of window, select Desktop and click EXPORT.  
Email me the MP3 

Save Files as: GB5 and your initials

Creating Melodies with Loops

What is a melody? 

Listen to the loops below and select one loop name. Enter the loop name in the search bar. 

Using only the loops listed with that name create an eight measure original melody. 

By editing the loops listed by name you will compose your own original melody using loops.

Example - If you select Classic Rock Steel you can only use the Classic Rock Steel 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 

NO Mixing of the different loops for this assignment


1. Acoustic Noodling 02, 03 
2. Classic Rock Steel 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 

3. Eastern Gold Oud 01, 02, 07, 08, 12


Assignment # 6  ABA Song Form

Taking the melody you composed with loops you are now going to create a 24 measure song in A-B-A Form.   8 Measures for A, 8 Measures for B & 8 Measures for A.  Think about the discussion with had in class regarding verses and choruses.  How can you use those techniques in your song. 


Save file as Melodies & your initials into your network folder or desktop if you can not connect to the server. 

Export to MP3:  Click Share, desktop, MP3 then export. 


Garageband Checklist

After today you should be able to do the following in Garageband:

Loops in Garageband

What is a loop?

A loop is basically a few seconds worth of a track that you can repeat as you want. For example, you could have drum loops that range from basic “kick, snare, kick, snare” to a multi-tom tom fill. They aren't limited to drums either: you can find piano, bass, orchestral strings and many more 

Click on the definitions below for audio examples

Garageband Checklist

After today you should be able to do the following in Garageband:

Add and delete tracks, Select a MIDI Patch (Instrument) for a track
Record on a Software Track, Quantize, Cut, Copy, Paste, Split and Re Join.
Volume and Pan Envelope Changes, Add Effects. 

How to Start with EDPuzzle

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Assignment # 3


Watch and answer the questions about Minimalism Music Techniques​ in the EDPuzzle Video

Week of September 19 LOOPS, LOOPS and MORE LOOPS! 

Loops in the Garageband App!  

Assignment # 4


Create a 12 measure song using two or more composition techniques listed here.


Must include the following:

Drum Track - Bass, Snare, Cymbals

Additional Percussion welcome

Bass Track

Guitar/Keyboard Track

Melody Track

Save File as GB4 & Your initials


Due Friday End of Class 

You can complete this assignment on your device! 

Click the play button below to listen to the file of six recorded Drum Beats.

Introduction to Music Technology I

In this class you will cover the following topics but not limited to:

Basics of a Sound System
Audio Effects
MIDI Sequencing
Audio Sequencing
Film Scoring


Friday September 2, 2016

Sound Systems

Music Technology for Music Educators  

Wednesday September 7
Introduction to Garageband

Sound Systems Review
Audio Effects 

Sound System Test on Thursday September 8

Make a Drum Beat from your favorite foods!


Thursday September 8
Sound System Test - Spanish

Sound System Test 

Drum Tracks


Monday September 12
Assignment # 2 Rhythmic Dictation

In this assignment you will listen to a file that contains six different  Drum Beats.  You will record each of the six Drum Beats you hear in Garageband.


Record each Drum Beat on a separate track.

Set your metronome on 85 (slower if you need it)

  • You will only need Bass Drum and Snare Drum
  • Listen, Practice, then record
  • Quantize, Quantize, Quantize
  • Save File as GB2 (and your initials) 

Friday September 9
Assignment #1 Drum Tracks

Create an 8 measure Drum Beat

Must have Bass Drum, Snare Drum & Cymbals

Additional Percussion welcome

Must Quantize 


Assignment # 17 -Changing the mood of a movie

In this assignment you will select a movie trailer of your choice and change the mood of it by using different music.  
You will create two (2) different assignments - 17 and 17a.  Each will be a different mood from your original movie trailer you selected.
For example:  If the trailer you selected originally was a horror movie change it to a comedy, romance movie, suspense, etc. 

The music you select must be pre-existing movie music.  
Add trailer into Garageband and import the pre-existing movie music you selected


Step One
Select a movie trailer 
Think about what moods (2 total) you want to change the trailer to become.


Step Two

Search for original movie music that will fit the moods you selected. 
Click here for a list of Academy Award Winning and nominated Original Scores. 

You are NOT limited to the composers or movies on the link above.


Step Three
Import music and videos into Garageband.  

Create TWO (2) separate Garageband files.  Save as 17 & 17A


Watch these recut trailers.  How does music change the meaning of the trailers? 

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Try these techniques from before
Assignment # 18 -Movie Scene Analysis
Assignment # 19 -Scoring a Video

 In this assignment you will create original music to a movie scene or video game. You can select any video in the Music Tech Google Drive GB 19 Videos folder.  


Criteria for Assignment # 19

Music must be recorded on the keyboard and/or Garageband Loops

Must have minimum of 15 music tracks. 

Sound Effects can be from Garageband, or other sources .

Your originally composed music must follow one of the functions of film music we studied. Click here for the Functions of Film Music 


Step One

Select one video from the Google Drive Folder GB 19 Videos
Download your selected video to your desktop

Open video in Garageband and delete the audio track 
Save file as GB 19 and your initials. 


Step Two
Compose an original music score to your selected video by adding Garageband loops and recorded tracks from your keyboard.
Sound Effects should be added to enhance the visual aspect of your selected video.
Your original music score must be the entire length of the video. 


Step Three
Export final project as an MP4
Click Flie
Then Movie
Then Export Audio to Movie.

Copy MP4 to the Music Tech Google Drive


Helpful Hints
Listen to many examples of film music that would enhance your video. 
Be creative - Don't be afraid to make mistakes and try new musical ideas

Hand your headphones to the person next to you. 
Does your music/sound effects enhance your video? 




Assignments below will be updated with our 2021-2022 assignments using Soundtrap
Assignment # 14 Inspiring Movie Soundtracks

You are to select a 5-10 minute movie scene of your choice.  The movie scene must include music that is from an original score. No Soundtracks will be acceptable.  Go to to confirm whether the movie has an original score. 

Click here for the Google Form for Assignment # 16

Assignment # 15 - Epic  Movie Soundtracks
Assignment # 16 - Your Choice Movie Scene
How Music can change a Movie - Watch these videos.  How does music change the movie? 
Assignment # 12 Podcast/Radio Show

In this assignment you are going to create your own Podcast/Radio Show! The topic can be anything you wish.  Sports, Movies, Books, Music, Cars, Bikes, Fashion Show, School Clubs/Sports, Other classes at THS.  I am open to anything you want to do for this. 

FIRST - you must understand the structure of a Podcast/RadioShow.  You must find a Podcast/Radio Show online to listen to.
Click on here PODCAST REVIEW after listening to the show you selected .   

I suggest you select a Podcast/Radio Show that has the same topic you will select for your assignment.  If you want to do a sports show - listen to a sports podcast, Music - listen to a music podcast, etc.  


As you are listening I want to you to listen more for structure than content.  Meaning how is it put together more than the topic being discussed/reviewed, etc. 

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Assignment # 12 Podcast/Radio Show

You can work with someone else for this assignment - No more than 2 people per group


Length:  2:00-3:00 minutes in length. 

You must come up with the script, structure, etc 

You must record your script

Must have introduction with music
Must have ending with music


Recording your script

1. In class using Garageband and USB Microphone
2. Voice Memos, Garageband or other audio recording app on your device.


Putting it all together
1. Garageband

2. Garageband App on your device


SAVE File as GB 12 (Your initials)
Final MP3 of GB 12 must be uploaded to Music Technology Google Drive



Listen to remixes of Daft Punk
Criteria for Assignment # 10 

Length: 2:00-2:30
Loops and/or Stems from Google Drive
Must have 2-3 tracks of original material that you record

Have fun and be creative! 

Assignment Timeline

End of next week  – Story Selected and Sound Effects located
Tuesday November 15 – Sound Effects in GB
Friday November 18 – Music added and project completed

In this assignment you are going to “tell” a story using sound effects and music.

Sound Effects Story Assessment - link will be active next week. 

Story - 6-8 paragraphs long
Music - at least 10 tracks 3 of the 10 must be recorded by you. No prerecorded songs. 
Length: 1:00 minute to 2:00 minutes long 

Step One – Finding a Story
Option 1 – You can find a story/poem online. material from English class, etc.

Option 2 – You can write your own story.

Step Two – Finding Words

Go through your story/poem and make a list of words that you will need to find sound effects for.
For example:
As the storm was howling I drove down the road as fast as I could. The sound of the storm was like a freight train in the night.

Which words would you enhance with sound effects?

Step Three – Finding Sound Effects

1. In Garageband find the FX sounds.

Step Four – “Telling the Story”
Using the sound effects you found for your story/poem “Tell” your story. Sound effects must be placed in Garageband in the order found in your story. Leave space in between each sound effect to enhance the telling of the story.

Step Five – Music

Using the loops in Garageband create music that will enhance your story.
What kind of music would you create for a horror story? SCI FI?, etc The music is to enhance the story and not overpower.
Save as: GB11 (Your initials)

For examples of past projects go to the MP3 player and listen to tracks


Assignment # 11 Sound Effects Story

The audio file above is the vocal stem from Daft Punk.  You will make a remix of this using the vocal stem in the Music Tech Google Drive.

Example of how to work with Stems

Stems is a new format for music. Stems redefines creative live performance. AStem file is an open, multi-channel audio file that contains a track split into fourmusical elements –bass, drums, vocals, and melody for example.

Assignment # 10 Remixing with Stems