The Pride of Torrington  

Podcast/Radio Show
Music Changes Movies! 
Sound Effects Story
Introduction to Film Scoring
Film Music Test
The Last Samurai - Hans Zimmer
Click here to complete The Last Samurai review at the end of each class
Music Apps to use in class
Audio Effects Assignment
Sound System Test
What you should be able to do in Garageband
Ringtone Assignment
Song Form A-B-A
How to use the Arrangment Track 
Song Assignment Mid-Point Check - CLICK HERE
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

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 PodcastYour initials)
Final MP3  must be uploaded to Music Technology Google Drive

How Music can change a Movie - Watch these videos.  How does music change the movie? 
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.
Watch these recut trailers.  How does music change the meaning of the trailers? 

Recut Trailer Assignment 


Once your trailer is in Garageband create a new musical score that changes the meaning or the original. 
Example: UP - Original is a children's movie,  Recut as a Horror Movie, etc. 


Criteria for Assignment

15 tracks or more of loops and/or recorded tracks.  NO MUSIC DOWNLOADED
Sound Effects can be used but will not be counted towards the 15 or more track count

Have Fun! 



Review the Functions of Film Music

Elements of Tension and Relaxation. 

You will be given movie scenes to watch and will need to identify the Function of Film Music and Elements of Tension of Relaxation being used. 

CLICK HERE FOR TEST - Take your time and watch the videos as numerous times. 

Ringtone Assignment Due Friday February 23, 2018 

Click headphones to listen to Nokia Ringtone Remixes. 




Create a 20 second Ringtone in Garageband

Must have a Drum Track - Originally recorded

Can use loops
Unlimited tracks

Must show volume and pan automation
Must Quantize 

Torrington High School Ringtone Contest

Use the Nokia Ringtone melody to create your own ringtone. 
Students will vote on the best ringtone. That ringtone will be posted on our website for everyone to download




After you complete the Audio Effects Assignments we will review

Basics of a Sound System
Audio Effects



Introduction to Garageband

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 


Your song assignment should have the following parts:
Intro - Verse - Pre Chorus - Chorus - Verse - Chorus - Ending
Instrumental Break and Bridget are optional


Ternary form, sometimes called song form, is a three-part musical form where the first section (A) is repeated after the second section (B) ends.

A Section can equal the verse of a song


B Section can equal the chorus of a song

B Section has to be different than the A section.  What musical aspects can change?

Remember Melody, Harmony, Rhythm from your General Music Days? 


Can you guess the stories below? 

Assignment Timeline

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  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

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 Speeches and your initials

Due Date Friday March 23, 2018 

Websites to get you started:

Wav Central

The Movie Wavs

Movie Sound Clips

You are not limited to these

Click on the individual song parts for examples
IntroVersePre Chorus 
ChorusInstrumental BreakBridgeEnding


Are you using the Garageband App?

Week One

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

Garageband - Desktop and iOS

MIDI Sequencing

Audio Sequencing



Film Scoring

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. 

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 (if time allows)

Click the Translate button to translate this website 

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.