The Pride of Torrington  

What you need to do
Sound Systems
Music Tech Survey
Chord Progression Assignment 
V - G - B - D
vi - A - C - E 
IV - C - F - A (Inversion) 
Chord Progressions
List of Songs using the I-V-vi-IV
Create your own progression 
Mood Piece Assignment
Your Choice
Click picture to enter Epic Orchestra
Song Worksheet, select Blue Sky or Like Minds. Due Thursday 

Welcome to our new learning experience for our Torrington High School students.

Activities will reinforce past skills and concepts taught to sustain learning in all areas of Music TechnologyI  These opportunities are simply meant to keep you actively engaged in your learning, and they are not intended to be a replacement for the learning that occurs in our classrooms every day. 

Office hours will be Monday through Friday
10:00am-11:00am for Mr. Splettstoeszer -
11:00am-12:00pm for Mr. Sullivan
You can also email us at any time. 

Do the best you can!  Have fun with the activities that will be added to the website in the upcoming days.

Music Technology I Online Learning

In this activity explore the website EPIC ORCHESTRA.  Listen to the various chords individually or use the sequencer function and create your own chord progression.   Export your progression MP3, MIDI or WAV files!  

Any questions or want me to listen to your progressions let me know.   
Email mp3 files to  or

Activity # 1 - Epic Orchestra

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! 

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 February 28 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. 

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


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. 


Click to take the Music Tech Survey

THS Alumni that found their passion after taking Music Technology


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

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


Mood Piece Assignment 
You will create a piece of music with a certain mood. It can be happy, tense, wistful - any mood you want.
You must use multiple aspects of music to convey your chosen mood (rhythm, dynamic, melody, harmony, texture, sound quality)
Total Length of file will be 30 seconds
Must have at least 5 tracks, from at least 3 instrument families (woodwinds, brass, percussion, keyboards, synthesizers, voice)
At least 3 tracks have to be recorded with the keyboartd and at least 1 track needs to be loops
Save Garageband file and when you are done export as an MP3 with the name MoodPiece & your name
Save it to the Music Tech Network Folder 

Self Assessment Click Here
Graphic Organizer Submission

The mo


If you need this website translated 

What does it the purpose of a Sound System? 
Powered vs Unpowered




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



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 Music Network 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



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.