TORRINGTON HIGH SCHOOL 
MUSIC DEPARTMENT

The Pride of Torrington  

Podcast/Radio Show
Remix w/Stems
Remixing using Stems
Remixing
Click here for Bruno Mars Remix Assignment
Your Remix Assignment
Your Choice
Song Form
Introduction
Verse
Pre Chorus
Chorus
Instrumental Break
Bridge
Ending
Song Form Assignment
Song Form Assignment 2
Media Mashup!
Sound Effect Story
Beats Yo
Verse
Hook or Chorus
Break
Remember!
What makes good music?
Rhythm 
Melody
Harmony
Sound System Test
Drum Track Assignment
Ringtone Assignment
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This assignment can be completed using your devices and the Garageband App

Daft Punk- Remix
How to make your remix?

Change the Elements of Music
Melody
Harmony 
Rhythm

Other Suggestions

Change Genres
Take Elements Away
Work Around the Key Element - What defines the song?Contrast in Energy?  Original is fast - then slow it down!

Change the Elements of Music
Melody
Harmony 
Rhythm

Other Suggestions

Change Genres
Take Elements Away
Work Around the Key Element - What defines the song?

Contrast in Energy? 

Original is fast - then slow it down!

remix is a piece of media which has been altered from its original state by adding, removing, and/or changing pieces of the item

Rexming helps you think creatively.You take the orignal song and make it your own. 

What is a Remix? 
What makes a remix good? 

Well, this is subjective because everyone has different tastes in music.  
 

In this assignment you will create a 3:00 remix using STEMS & Loops 


You can use ANY audio stems you can find online or in the network folder.  

You can use ANY loops you find in Garageband

Must show volume changes 

Must show pan changes

Must include one audio effect 

YOU will create the form for you song by using the Arrangment Track.  

You 

you 

Stems is a new format for music. Stems redefines creative live performance. A Stem file is an open, multi-channel audio file that contains a track split into four musical elements –bass, drums, vocals, and melody for example.
What is a Stem? 

In this assignment you are going to create your own Podcast/Radio Show! 

The Topic can be anything you wish! Sports, Music, Books, Music, Cars, BikesFashion Show, School Clubs/Sports etc. 

You can work with ONE other person for this assignment. 

Length  2:00-3:00 minutes in length - Longer is accepted 

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 in class using Garageband & USB Microphones OR use your device's audio recorder or recording APP 

Grading will be based on:
RECORDING QUALITY 
CONTENT 
STRUCTURE 

 Here is an example of a vocal stem. 

Remixing w/Stems Assignment
Create a 2:30-3:00 (or longer) remix using the files in the network folder
Folder is "STEMS" in your class period folder 
 
You MUST use the vocal stem,  all other are optional
Use Loops, record on the keyboard and/or use other STEMS in the folder. 

 

Change the Elements of Music
Melody
Harmony 
Rhythm

Be Creative & Have Fun! 

 

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! 
 


Ex


 

Element 

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. 

Listen to the past projects on the MP3 player

 

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. 

The term musical form (or musical architecture) refers to the overall structure or plan of a piece of music; it describes the layout of a composition as divided into sections.

Insert one of your favorite songs into Garageband as an mp3

Edit your song to create loops of the verse, chorus, etc of your song
Rearrange your song by taking the loops of your verse, chorus, etc to create a new arrangement of your song
Do you like it? If not, arrange it again.

 

Save file as SONG FORM and your initials

Create 

You are going to create a song that contains 2 sections. Think verse and chorus! 
Section 1 - 12 measures - at least 8 tracks
Section 2 - 12 measures - at least 8 tracks
Use loops, record original tracks, Nano Pads, etc. 

 

Be Creative, Think outside your musical comfort zone! 

 

Save file as SONG FORM 2 and your initials

Create 

For this assignment you are going to take clips from TV Shows, Movies, etc to create a 3:00 minute file. 
NO MUSIC! This assignment will focus on editing. 
All you will need is TWO TRACKS in Garageband.  

 

 

Go online and listen to the various TV, movie or historical speeches.Make a new file by taking words or phrases from the various speeches.Clips you use cannot be longer than 10-15 seconds eachFlie Length 3:00 minutes or longerExport final product as an MP3 

BE CREATIVE AND HAVE FUN! 

Save File as MM and your initials

 

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. 

Criteria
Story - 6-8 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.
2. Soundbible.com


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)

You will compose your first original song. 
Any style, any genre, anything you want! 

 

Criteria
Song MUST have the following form 
Verse - 16 measures
Verse - 16 measures
Hook or Chorus - 8 measures 
Verse - 16 measures
Hook or Chorus - 8 measures
BREAK - measures
Hook or Chorus - 8 measures
END. 

USE Arrangement Track in GB

 

EXTRA CREDIT 
Lyrics
Pre-Chorus
Bridge

Bridge


Add 


Add 

Song 

Click headphones to listen to Nokia Ringtone Remixes. 
 

 

 

   

Ringtone Assignment Due - Thursday Sept 20

Create a 20 second Ringtone in Garageband

Must have a Drum Track - Originally recorded

Use Arpeggiator.....Trust me you will love it 
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 ringtones.
Winners will be posted on our website for everyone to download

 

   

 

Helpful Hints 
Practice, Practice, Practice before recording

Use metronome - click track
Record Slow.........then playback Fast! 
Take your time!  Don't get frustrated 

Use

 

 

Create an 8 measure Drum Beat

Must have Bass Drum, Snare Drum & Cymbals

Record each sound on own track 

Additional Percussion welcome

Must Quantize Must show volume and pan changes
Must show use of reverb

 

You can use your device to complete this assignment

What factors go into your tastes in music?
Do you think your tastes in music can change?

Musical Layers - Can you hear them?

Software Tracks
Add and delete tracks
Select a MIDI Patch (Instrument) for a track
Record on a Software Track
Quantize
Cut, Copy & Paste
Split and Re Join
Volume and Pan Envelope Changes 

If you need this website translated 

Garageband Checklist

After today you should be able to do the following in Garageband:

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)

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
Composing

Arranging 
Podcasting

Remixing

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 

Are you using the Garageband App?

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.

 

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.