TORRINGTON HIGH SCHOOL 
MUSIC DEPARTMENT

The Pride of Torrington  

Remember!
What you need to do
Sound Systems
Music Tech Survey
Sound Systems Test
Drum Tracks
Chord Progressions
List of Songs using the I-V-vi-IV
Create your own progression 
Chord Progression Assignment 
V - G - B - D
vi - A - C - E 
IV - C - F - A (Inversion) 
List of Songs using the I-V-vi-IV
Does Music "Move You"?
Garageband Checklist
Your Choice
Your Choice
 Your Choice Mid Assignment Assessment
Mixtape
GB #3  "Speeches"
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

 

Criteria

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! 
 

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) 

OR 

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

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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 

BE CREATIVE AND HAVE FUN! 

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

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
Quantize
Cut
Copy
Paste
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? 
 

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

SOUND SYSTEMS PAGE

 
Click to take the Music Tech Survey

If you need this website translated 

 

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 

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

1.

 

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. 
Are you using the Garageband App?

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! 

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
Composing

Arranging 
Podcasting

Remixing

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.