The Pride of Torrington  

Assignment # 1 Your Favorite Song - Why do you like it?
Wednesday September 6 - Friday September 8
Assignment # 2  Audio Review 
Assignment # 3 Garageband Review 
Assignment # 4 Commercials
Assignment # 5 Commercial # 2
Assignment # 6 "Foley Video"
Wednesday Oct 18 Assignments 7 & 8 
Introduction to Film Scoring Review
Assignment # 10 Why Music is Important  Part I 
Assignment # 7- Composing melodies for characters 
Complete first Click here - Film Music Test
Then work on Assignment 7,8 & 9
Assignment # 11 Composing for Characters
FIlm Scoring Definitions
Assignment # 9 "Sad"
Want to Learn about live DJ Mixing? Take Survey 
Assignment # 12 Scoring a Video
Use the chord tree to make a progression
Song Form Assignment Click Here
Song Form Assignment 
Assignment # 13 Songwriting
Assignment # 14 Logic Pro 
Logic Pro - Mixing with Stems
Atlas Collider Video Scoring
Assignment will be worth 60 total points. No Sound Effects points for this assignment

Create a 24 measure composition that includes the following:

At least 15 tracks
5 of the 15 must be original (no loops)

Must show volume and pan
Must Quantize

Due end of class  Wednesday Sept 13, 2017

MP3 of Assignment must be uploaded to Music Tech II Google Drive


                   Save File as GB3 and your initials


Create a 45 second commercial on the topic of your choice.

What is your target audience?
Product, Service, Concert Promotion, etc. 

Create an original script
Create a music bed 
Who, What, When, Where and Why? 

Record on your devices or USB Microphone into the computer 



                   Save File as GB4 and your initials




  • Grab the listener's attention in the first 3-5 seconds
  • Remember your target audience
  • Practice your script
  • Check recording levels






  • More attention and time is needed for your scripts. 
    Record more and listen back
  • Talk slow




Create a 45 second commercial
If your 1st commercial was a product change to business, etc


What is your target audience?
Product, Service, Concert Promotion, etc. 

Create an original script
Create a music bed 
Who, What, When, Where and Why? 

Record on your devices or USB Microphone into the computer 


Read:  Art of Foley

Foley is the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to film, video, and other media in post-production to enhance audio quality. These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass.


Watch:  Videos 
Next week: Create your own Sound Effects Library

In this assignment you will be creating Sound Effects from scratch just as a Foley Artist.


1. Take one item from the front of the room.

2. Explore ways to record your item using the USB microphones or your personal device.
3. Record the sound from that one item into Garageband, GB App or Sound Recorder on your personal device
4. Make a back up copy of the sound and DON'T TOUCH THE ORIGINAL

5. Using the copy of the sound manipulate it into a new sound using audio effects, editing skiils, etc. 
6. Complete, print out and submit a Sound Effect Worksheet for EACH effect created.  


Click Here for Sound Effects Worksheet

Make two new different sounds from the same back up copy. 

Save each new sound in one file but on separate tracks. 


Explore recording with the microphone in different positions.
Be creative when you manipulate your raw recording. 


Due End of Block Wednesday October 4, 2017 

Save as Foley2 and your initials

The Art of Foley

Create the sound of fear from a single note - Assignment 7

There is limited space and time in a motion picture. You need to be economical with your music, not just for the normal reasons.
Half the time when you have a film cue, something else is happening in the movie.

Either there is action on the screen or someone is talking, etc.

The human brain has a limit to what it can process. The more notes you have, the less processing time for watching the movie.

When you write a song, you want to keep the audience completely engaged in your music. You want lots of notes and lots of instruments.

But this is NOT true in a motion picture. Most of the time, you want to create a mood without the audience having to think about it.

Assignment: 8 "Create Fear using a single note"
Listen to the examples in the Google Drive - Folder "One Note Fear" before starting Assignment 4 
Create 4 different "One Note Fear" examples

One File using 4 separate tracks
Each example must be 10 seconds in length
Use a different sound (instrument) for each track
Use volume and pan changes for each track

Be creative but you can only use ONE NOTE for each example. 


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


In Google How do I ? 

Access the Music Technology Google Drive
1. Log in
2. Click on Grid in upper right hand corner
3. Click on Drive icon

4. Click Shared with me. 
5. Select your Music Tech Period


Access Google Drive on my device
1. Go your device's app store
2. Download Google Drive App 
3. Log into App.

4. Access your Music Tech Period. 
ALL your files can be accessed on your device


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 Google Drive.  
You will receive a "0" for assignments not uploaded into the Google Drive. 

Music Technology II at Torrington High School 

Need help with the Garageband App? 

Complete the Music Tech II Survey
Setting up Music Tech Google Drive
Downloading Google Drive App
Downloading Garageband App (Optional)
Introdution to Logic Pro X 

Music Technology II is an advanced level class.  
You will be required to work independently and have time management skills with each project.

Topics will include but not limited to:

Garageband/Logic Review, Audio Engineering Basics, Composition, Podcasting
Film Scoring, Live Performing using Technology: iRig, JamHub,etc


How is Music Technology II different from Music Technology I?
More emphasis on independent work, projects are more in depth, there will be required readings, Youtube summaries and listening assignments. 


Click above to complete the Audio Review Assignment

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Review of Garageband
Basic Automation, MIDI Recording, Audio Recording, USB Microphone or Cell Phones & Loops

mixing engineer (or simply mix engineer) is a person responsible for combining ("mixing") the different sonic elements of a piece of recorded music (vocals, instruments, effects etc.) into a final version of a song (also known as "final mix" or "mixdown").‚Äč

Listen to Sledgehammer - 1986

As you listen to the original Sledgehammer what do you hear in the front or back? 


Does a sound change its location during the song? 


Do you like the mix? 
Why or Why not? 

You will create a 2:30-3:00 song using STEMS.  STEMS can be found in the Music Tech Google Drive or on various websites/Youtube. 


Must have at least 15-20 tracks. Stems and/or Loops

Must EQ every track
Must add Audio Effects to every track
Must show volume and pan changes - using the Automation feature - lines and add points

Must Mix entire file - using the mixer window by adjusting the sliders. 


This is your chance to be as creative as you want.  You select the Stems/Loops.  You select the genre/style. 

Have Fun! 


Change the color of a track. Do one of the following: Select the track, choose Track> Assign Track Color, then select a color from the Color palette. Control-click thetrack header, choose Assign Track Color from the shortcut menu, then select a colorfrom the Color palette.

Show automation curves. Do one of the following: Choose Mix > Show Automation (or press A). Click the Show/Hide Automation button in the Tracks area menu bar
Change Track Color
Add Audio Effects
Show Automation - Volume and Pan 

To choose a channel strip setting
Under "Plug-ins" select the chain in which you want to insert a setting or a plug-in so it is highlighted blue.


Click the Channel Strip Setting pop-uo menu and choose a setting from one of the submenus (Dynamics, Effects, Utility, or Vocal Tools)

By the end of class Friday December 1, 2017
Create a 2 minute song that contains the following:
Any style or genre you wish
At least 10 tracks - 5 of the 10 must be originally recorded by you using software tracks
Must show automation - Volume and Pan 
Have at least 2 audio effects in the song.  Your choice when and where
Must have at least one Fade in and one Fade out 
Save file as LP14 and your initials - MP3 of song must be uploaded to Music Tech Google Drive 
You are going to compose your first song! 
Your song must have the following structure   Verse / Chorus / Verse / Chorus / Bridge / Chorus

You only have to compose three (3) sections!  One Verse , One Chorus, One Bridge.
Verse will be 8 bars long
Chorus will be 8 bars long.
Bridge will be 4 bars 
Compose any style of music that you want!  It is your song
Must have the following tracks:  Drums, Keyboard/Guitar, Bass, Melody (any instrument you want)
You are allowed ONE LOOP.  All other tracks must be originally recorded by you! 


Chorus has to be different than the verse
Bridge has to be different than the verse & chorus

Use a metronome 
Be creative! Be Unique! 


Save file as GB 13 your initials.  Due Wednesday November 22


Lyrically, the verses of your song will move your story forward. The chorus or refrain is likely to have the same words each time, so the verse is your chance to keep your ideas moving along.

Chorus or Hook

Think of your chorus as the big idea for what your song’s all about.  The chorus will be the catchiest part of your song. This is what people will have stuck in their head.
8 ot 16 bars in length

1. Keep it simple
2. Repitition

3.  Rhymes 
4.  Start or End with the same phrase


The pre-chorus is an add-on before the chorus. It usually repeats the same lyrics each time, the same way a chorus does. Musically, a lot of times it creates a nice build up to what’s coming in the chorus. Katy Perry’s “Firework” was a good example of that.


The bridge is a departure from what we’ve heard in a song, previously. This goes for both the lyrics and the music. Musically, it’s a chance to offer the listener something they haven’t heard before to keep the song interesting.

Assignment 9 "Create Sad using two-five notes

Listen to the examples in the Google Drive - Folder "Sadness" before starting A
Create 4 different Sad examples
One File using 4 different tracks
Each example must be 10 seconds in length
Use a different sound (instrument) for each example
Use volume and pan changes for each track
Be creative but you can only use TWO -FIVE NOTES for each example

Watch the video and see how many leitmotifs you can guess! 
Watch the video and see how many leitmotifs you can guess! 
Assignment 11
Compose four separate character leitmotifs.  One for each of the movie genres listed below. 
1. Horror Movie, 2. Action Movie, 3. War Movie, 4. Child's Movie
10-15 seconds for each leitmotif
Use as many notes as you want.
Use as many tracks, sounds as you want. 
Save file as GB7 and your initials
In this assignment you will be creating leitmotifs.  A leitmotif  a recurrent theme throughout a musical or literary composition, associated with a particular person, idea, or situation.
In this assignment you will be creating leitmotifs.  A leitmotif  a recurrent theme throughout a musical or literary composition, associated with a particular person, idea, or situation.
You are going to start the basics of composing your own songs.  

What are the parts of a song? 
What makes a song "good"?
No matter what style of music you listen to they all have - Melody, Harmony, Rhythm
Song Form Analysis
We will listen to songs as a class and break down the parts of a song
Song Form Analysis Assignment
Find 3 of your favorite songs on Youtube and put them into Garageband 
Listen to them and separate them into Verse, Chorus, Bridge, etc 
Then - using the separated parts make a new arrangement of each song. 

Assignment 12 you will score your first video! Using ONLY tracks you record on the keyboardNano Pad, etc NO LOOPS!  to create a score for "Same Scene". You will make TWO different scores. This means doing the video twice, yes.

You can select any mood you wish. Example. Horror, Suspense, Comical, etc.  
You must have at least 10 tracks 
ALL 10 are to be recorded by YOU.
Show volume and pan changes. 
Video file is in the Music Tech Google Drive 
Cue Sheets are in the front of the room. 
Save file as GB12A and GB12B and your initials
Assignment Due Monday November 6  end of class.
Verse / Chorus / Verse / Chorus / Bridge / Chorus

This one’s also known as an ABABCB structure. A is the verse, B is the chorus and C is the bridge. 

Are ALL visual aspects of the video enhanced with music and/or sound effects?

Does the music enhance the video or does it just sit there?
Did you mix each track? EQ, Effects, Volume 

Review Film Scoring Rubric

‚ÄčListen to each song a couple times and think about the questions below. 

What is the difference between the unmixed and mixed songs?  
What changes?
What can you hear clearly?

What can you hear in the front?
What can you hear in the back?

Now you try mixing it!