Creating Moods Assignments 4 & 5
Assignment # 6 - Why is music important in movies
Assignment # 7- Composing melodies for characters 
Assignment # 8 Scoring a Video
Assignment # 9 Film Scoring Listening
Assignment # 10 Film Composer Project
Assignment # 12 "The Lord of The Rings" Howard Shore
Assignment # 11 "The Last Samurai" Hans Zimmer
Horror Movie Music - What make it so scary?
Assignment #13 Horror Movie Music 
Assignment #14 Film Score Critic 
Music Tech II Final Project
Rubric for Foley Cartoon Assignment
Assignment will be worth 60 total points. No Sound Effects points for this assignment

You can use your device to complete this assignment in the Garageband App 

The Art of Foley
Assignment #2 Creating Sound Effects 
Need help with the Garageband App? 

Step One
Watch the video numerous times and work on the Cue Sheet

Every visual action in the video must be included on the Cue Sheet. The Cue Sheet will include time stamp, action on screen, sound effect & any notes you need to make.   

Step Two

Make the sound effects needed for your video.  All sound effects must be created by you! No pre-recorded sound effects can be used. 

Sound Effects can be recorded on your device and/or in the lab using the USB microphone

Step Three
Open the file (file is in the google drive) in Logic and start adding your original sound effects 

Remember they must match the time stamp on your cue sheet
This will take time. Don't rush through this step

Step Four
Add music using loops 

Save file as Foley Cartoon and your initials

The Art of Foley

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 into Logic using the USB microphone
3. Record the sound from that one item into Logic
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. What type of movie would your new sound effect be used in? What type of action, scene? 


Make two more new different sounds from the same back up copy. 
Save each new sound in one file but on separate tracks. 


Save as Foley2 and your initials


Explore recording with the microphone in different positions.


Due End of Block Wednesday March 8. 

Assignment #3 Foley Cartoon Assignment 
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! 
Assignment 7 
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

Create the sound of fear from a single note - Assignment 1

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: 4 "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. 


Assignment 5 "Create Sad using two-five notes

Listen to the examples in the Google Drive - Folder "Sadness" before starting Assignment 5 
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


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 

Logic Pro Assignment One

By the end of class today you are to compose a 2:00 minute file that contains the following:
1. At least 15 tracks
2. 5 of the 15 tracks must be recorded by using the keyboard.
3. Volume and Pan changes

4. Must include audio effects

Save File as LP1 and your initials. 

Upload MP3 of your file into the Google Drive by the end of the period. 


Week One

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.


You are going to submit a film scoring portfoilo that contains 10 minutes of film scoring. 
This could be any combination of movie, TV, sports and/or video game.

10 minutes can be any number of individual videos. 


Each video must contain the following:

Original music composed by you. Loops and/or Keyboards. NO pre-recorded music.
ALL sound effects must be created by you.  NO pre-recorded sound effects.
Show volume and pan changes - when and where is your choice.


Starting places for videos



How you choose to submit this film scoring portfolio is up to you. Be organized, write things down, make lists and DO NOT WASTE TIME. 

Final Project counts TWICE! Once as the last grade for Q4 AND final exam grade. 








The Last Samurai - Movie Review - CLICK HERE

End of The Last Samurai Recap - CLICK HERE


Over the next couple of days we will be watching the The Last Samurai in class.  At the end of each class you will complete a quick review of what you heard in the score.   Once we have completed the movie you will complete a movie review of the entire score. 


Read more about Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer - Wikipedia


The purpose is to create an atmosphere that is unfamiliar; a soundscape that disorients and confuses. 

Assignment 8 you will score your first video! Using ONLY tracks you record on the keyboard 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 
Save file as GB8A and GB8B and your initials
Assignment Due Friday April 7 end of class.

In this assignment you are going to wrtie a review of any original film score that you want.

1. Select a movie that has an original score.  
2. Watch the entire movie and listen to the score within the movie and separate from the movie. 
3. Take notes as you watch your movie and listen to the score. 

Topics to write about (but not limited to)
Composer's style
Functions of Film Music used throughout the movie
Elements of Tension and Relaxation
What instruments are used throughout the movie
Is there any character association in the music
Overall impression of the score
How would you explain the score to someone that has not heard it before.


Write a 1000 word double spaced 12 point font review of your score.
Using Google Docs and share the document with me. 

Read an example of a Film Score Review

Assignment Due Wednesday May 17, 2017 

TED Talk - How Sampling transformed music - Mark Ronson

Sampling isn't about "hijacking nostalgia wholesale," says Mark Ronson. It's about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while also pushing that story forward. Watch the DJ scramble 15 TED Talks into an audio-visual omelette, and trace the evolution of "La Di Da Di," Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick's 1984 hit that has been reimagined for every generation since.


Create a 5 minute project in Garageband on a Film Music Composer that has been nominated for and/or won an Academy Award.
Click here for a list of composers

Project must include the following:

1. Script
2. Background music
3. Music examples of the composer

Talking Points for Project

Composer background
Movies composed for
Directors worked with. If the same each time, why?


Why YOU like this composer – Cite scenes, movies , etc. What musical techniques does this composer like to use? What instrumentation does this composer like to use? Include audio clips to support your reasons.

Due Date: Friday April 28, 2017 
Upload MP3 of Film Composer Project to Google Drive by end of Class on Friday April 28, 2017

The Lord of The Rings - Movie Review - CLICK HERE

End of The Lord of The Rings Recap - CLICK HERE


Over the next couple of days we will be watching the The Lord of The Rings in class.  At the end of each class you will complete a quick review of what you heard in the score.   Once we have completed the movie you will complete a movie review of the entire score. 


Read more about Howard Shore