What you need to do
Sound Systems
Chord Progression Assignment 
V - G - B - D
vi - A - C - E 
IV - C - F - A (Inversion) 
Does Music "Move You"?
Remix #1
Remix #2
Remix #3
 Podcast/Radio Show
Sound Effect Story
Compose A Song
Compose A Song
Live Performance

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 Monday October 1 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. 


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: YOUR CHOICE and your initials. 

How to Keep It Interesting! 

Elements of Music 
Melody - Harmony - Rhythm 


Change Automation

Volume & Pan


Play with Audio Effects
Time Based and Gain Based


Change feel or style
Hip-Hop to Rock
Country to Jazz
Rock to ???


Be Creative
Think outside your musical comfort zone! 

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.

Flie Length 3:00 minutes or longer
Export final product as an MP3 


Save file as Specches and your initials


Websites to get you started:

Wav Central

The Movie Wavs

Movie Sound Clips

You are not limited to these

What is a Mixtape? - A mixtape is a complation of favorite song recorded onto a cassette tape. Mixtapes became popular in the 1980's. 

You are going to create a mixtape based on a theme of your choice. 

Step 1 - Select a theme
Examples of themes:
Social Issues
Women Rappers
Evolution of Hip-Hop
Event(s) of topics in Music History
Evolution of your favorite genre of music
Music of a certain time period. 
You have to select a theme for this assignment. 

Step 2 - Select 10 songs 
The 10 (or more) songs that you select must be associated with the theme you have selected. 
Step 3 - Create your Mixtape in Garageband
You can only use one verse and/or chorus from each song selected.
Edit the selected parts from each song into one song.  
You can fade in and out of each song. Master Volume Track

Step 3 Write Liner Notes 
You are going to write 2-3 pages of Liner Notes. 
The Liner Notes must include how every song you selected is associated with your theme.  EX Lyrics, Overall message of song, musicians, pubishers, etc. 
You must write at least 2-3 paragraphs for each song
Use Google Docs throughout the week to write your Liner Notes. 

You will have one week to complete this assignment.  
A Google Form will be on the website on Friday for you to submit your songs (Youtube links) and submit your written out liner notes (Google Docs) 


Step 3 Record your Liner Notes to create a Radio Show!


The I-V-vi-IV progression is a common chord progression popular across several genres of music


When we satisfy our desire to eat, to sleep, or reproduce, our brain releases dopamine--the "feel good" neurochemical involved when we experience pleasure and reward. Turns out this same chemical is released when listening to music. Jan 20, 2011 Psychology Today 

Why do people like certain styles of music?
Why does one song move one person but not another? 

You should be able to do the following in Garageband


Software (Green) & Audio (Blue) Tracks
Add and delete tracks
Select a MIDI Patch (Instrument) for a track
Record on a Software Track
Add Loops to a track
Split and Re Join.
Add Volume and Pan Automation
Add Reverb and other Audio Effects 



Different Music will "move" different people. 

That's the beauty of music!

What are you thinking when you listen? 
Does this "move" you?
What do you think "move you" means?
Does fast music move you?
Does slow music move you? 

This assignment can be completed using your devices and the Garageband App


Live Performance 
In this unit you will learn the basics of Live Performance and Audio Engineering
Projects include but not limited. 
Beat Mapping
Cross Fading
Audio Filters

You will be using the following websites:
Match the Mix
Audio Frequency Trainer



Assignment - Thursday and Friday - Review Match the Mix and Audio Frequency Trainer

Assignment # 1 - Create a 1 minute performance demonstrating EQ changes and filter changes
Assignment # 2 - DJ Anaylsis # 1
Assignment # 3 - DJ Anaylsis # 2


Final Project - Create a 10-15 minute live performance using

Create your playlist for the Final Project
Work on how you will manipulate/change/mix your songs 
Keep things interesting! 


You select your next project!


Intro to Songwriting - PowerPoint from class - This article covers all the basics.

Songwriting Tips - Justin Sandercoe
Hook Theory has a "progression trends" tool which shows the probability of what chord usually comes after another.

Dr. Frisch's Intro to Songwriting - will help to get you started from any angle of songwriting (melody, harmony, rhythm, lyrics).  
Chords in a Major Key by Dr. Frisch - is a resource that tells you all the chords of common "guitar" keys.
Writing Better Songs by Dan Cross - is an article with some helpful ideas.
Songwriting Tips by Justin Sandercoe - contains several thoughts and suggestions to get you started.

Select how YOU want to end the semester

This assignment can be completed using your device

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.

Podcast/Radio Show


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 Radio Show (Your initials)
Final MP3 of your Radio Show must be uploaded to Music Technology Network Folder 

A remix is a piece of media which has been altered or contorted from its original state by adding, removing, and changing pieces of the item. 

Three elements of music 

How do they change in each remix?

Your Assignment - Remix Fur Elise 

Any style, genre you want
Cut up the original - Do NOT keep it as the original
At least 15 tracks 
Be creative
Think outside your musical box! 
Fur Elise mp3 in the network folder

You will compose your first original song. 
Any style, any genre, anything you want! 


Song MUST have the following form 
Verse - 16 measures
Verse - 16 measures
Hook or Chorus - 8 measures 
Verse - 16 measures
Hook or Chorus - 8 measures
BREAK - measures
Hook or Chorus - 8 measures

USE Arrangement Track in GB




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 - Adding 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.


A chord progression is a series of chords played in a sequence

The I-V-vi-IV


Continue working on your chord progressions.  Once you have recorded work on adding drums.   
Listen to songs from the list of songs that I-V-vi-IV - progression. 


Next step is to work on Bass lines for your chord progressions
Click to take the Sound Systems Test 
What does it the purpose of a Sound System? 
Powered vs Unpowered


Click to take the Music Tech Survey

If you need this website translated 

What you will explore in Music Tech I 

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

Basics of a Sound System
Audio Effects

Garageband - Desktop and iOS

MIDI Sequencing

Audio Sequencing



Film Scoring

NEW  - Music & Coding for 2019-2020

What you will need for this class.


You will need to provide your own headphones.
Google Accounts (Gmail) 
Network Folder Access - smb://torrfs01

Devices (Optional)
Google Drive downloaded on device (Optional)
Recording Apps on your device (Optional)


Music Technology is a project based class that will require independent work and time management skills.


Nothing in this class is hard!  
It is just different from what you have done before. 


Airdrop - Do you know how to Airdrop from your iphone to the Mac? This is the easiest way to transfer files!
Be able to access the Music Tech Network folder - smb://torrfs01
Access your Google Account - Gmail, Google Docs & more
Download Google Drive to your device - FREE 
What recording Apps do you have on your device?
iPhone users - Garageband APP is FREE! 
Be able to access all the different pages on our website 



Music Technology I Assignments 

In Music Technology I you will be required to work independently and have time management skills with each project.

Topics include but not limited to:

Basics of a Sound System, Audio Effects, Garageband - Desktop and iOS, MIDI Sequencing, Audio Sequencing
Composing, Arranging , Podcasting, Remixing, Film Scoring & Live Performance using Technology,
NEW for 19-20 Music & Coding and MAKEY MAKEY's! 

Are you using the Garageband App?

Export assignments as MP3 

1. Go to Share
2. Select Export song to disk
3 Name file, select desktop and MP3

4. Click on Export

5. MP3 file will appear on desktop



Export movie as MP4

1. Go to file
2. Click Movie
3. Click Export Audio to Movie
4. Save


In Garageband how do I?
All completed assignments must be uploaded into the Music Tech Network Drive.  
You will receive a "0" for assignments not uploaded into the Google Drive. 

Final Project - Create and Construct a musical instrument using Makey Makey's 
Using SCRATCH Coding Website . - create animation, game, etc

Film Scoring
In this unit you will learn the following but not limited to: 
Elements of Tension and Relaxation in Music
Functions of Film Music
Listening Assignments:  Listening to examples of Film Scores and writing about it
Re-Cut Trailers - How does Music impact a scene......and how can it change it.

Final Project - Adding sound effects and music to 5 minutes to Movie Scenes/Video Games 

Assignment 1 - How Music Affects Film

Assignment 2 - Film Listening # 1

Assignment 3 - Movie Music Review

Assignment 4 - Same Scene 5 Ways


Music & Coding


The Makey Makey is an electronic invention kit for all ages! The Makey Makey allows you to take everyday objects and combine them with the internet. Using the alligator clips attached to any conductive material you can control the keyboard of your computer, such as the space bar, arrow keys and left click of the mouse. When you are ready the back of the Makey Makey allows you to key map even more keys!


Anything that will hold at least a little electricity is considered conductive.
Fruit - Bananas, citrus, apples
Wet Sponge
Pencil Lead
People - Yes! People
Water Beads
Metal - Foil coins, paper clips, etc


The Same Scene 5 Ways video is the same scene showed 5 times.  Each time the music changes to create a different mood/theme.

In this assignment you will do the same. You will create 4 (out of the 5) separate moods/themes. What moods/themes you compose are your choice. Each one MUST be different. 

Each mood must have the following:
At least 5 tracks 
Volume and Pan automation
Audio effects - optional

Final Project
Submit 3-5 minutes of film scoring.  This can include but not limited to:
Movie Scene
Movie Trailers
Video Games
TV Scene
At least 15 tracks of music - keyboard and/or loops
Sound Effects MUST be included - Every action should have a sound effect. 
Volume and Pan Changes
Due Friday January 15 

15-20 minutes in length. 
MUST have introduction and exit music. 
Audio Quality will be a large part of the grade. 
Script must have a flow to it.  NOT just talking off the top of your head. 

Your devices or USB Microphones can be used to record