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This class is for high school students at Winnebago Lutheran Academy who want to learn how to make music on computers. We use Audacity and Garageband as our main tools, and we have fun almost every single day figuring out how to make music using audio and MIDI, but we also learn how to record vocals and instruments and even play guitar and drums if we need to.

We keep personal blogs (look on the right column of this page and click on our names) to help us remember what we've been working on, keep track of the all the decisions that we've made on our projects, and to share with our family and friends the music that we've created.

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MIDI Unit Introduction


What is MIDI?

Musical Instrument Digital Interface (Google it!)

Is it recorded sound or a computer command?

What commands can MIDI give?

pitch, note on, note off, velocity, etc. (127 parameters in all)

How is MIDI used?

to program a sequencer to play (Garageband)

how many other ways is it used?

What is MIDI like?

player piano roll (Google, YouTube)

music box (YouTube)



Garageband MIDI


Green = MIDI

Blue = Audio waves

How to create green regions

drag in a green loop from the loop browser

record using the M-Audio Ozone keyboard and delete notes

How to make notes

Control - click (quarter notes)

4 quarters in a dollar

4 quarter notes in a measure of 4/4 time

turn on 1/4 note view on the ruler in both piano roll & score view

Option - drag (copies notes, regions) existing notes

keeps note length and velocity


Inputting our first MIDI song (by ear!) in the Piano Roll window

Sing Frere Jacques (Are you sleeping?)

Click in or option-drag C3, D3, E3, C3 (are you sleeping?)

Quarter notes (show 1/4 notes on ruler)

$0.25 x 4 = $1.00  is like 4 quarter notes = one measure

Box those notes and option drag to create 2nd set

E3, F3, G3 (Brother John)

Option-drag 2nd “Brother John”

Problem? leave a quarter rest between the “brother John”

Tap your foot and sing that far.

One tap for each word = quarter notes

One tap for two words or syllables = eighth notes (8 in a measure)

“Morning bells are” = eighth notes (G3, A3, G3, F3) 

Change the ruler to show 1/8 notes

“Ringing” = quarter notes (E3, C3)

Option-drag the 2nd “Morning bells are ringing”

“Ding, ding dong” = quarter notes (C3, G3, C3)

Make three new tracks (Track>New Track>(Green) Software Instrument)

Option-drag the region in the project window into each new track

Drag each track two measures to the right of the region above it

Change instruments for each track to hear the entrances of the round

Sit back and enjoy!


Inputting by notes in the Staff window


Recording notes with a MIDI Keyboard




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Dale Witte is the choir director and music technology teacher at Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Fond du Lac, WI. He has been teaching since January 1990 and really enjoys teaching students how God's gift of music works. Dale is also a church organist, piano player, violinist, and church music composer. Locations of visitors to this page

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