TORRINGTON HIGH SCHOOL 
MUSIC DEPARTMENT
The Pride of Torrington  

Remember!
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
Songwriting
Song Form Assignment 
Assignment # 13 Songwriting
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Assignment will be worth 60 total points. No Sound Effects points for this assignment

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


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READ

Tips 

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

 

 

 

READ

Tips 

  • More attention and time is needed for your scripts. 
    Record more and listen back
  • Talk slow
    WRITE YOUR SCRIPT DOWN! 

 

 

 

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

If 

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 as Foley2 and your initials

The Art of Foley

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. 

 

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

 

Due End of Block Wednesday October 4, 2017 

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
ONE NOTE ONLY! 
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. 

 

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.

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


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Click above to complete the Audio Review Assignment

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

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. 

 

Need help with the Garageband App? 

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 Google.com
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 

You are going to compose your first song! 
 
CRITERIA
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! 

 

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

Quantize
Use a metronome 
Be creative! Be Unique! 

 

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

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. 

 

Verse

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

Pre-Chorus

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.

Bridge

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.

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. 

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
USING TWO -FIVE NOTES ONLY
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

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.
Watch the video and see how many leitmotifs you can guess! 
NO CHEATING
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 the video and see how many leitmotifs you can guess! 
NO CHEATING
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
 
 

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