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.
MIDI Hymn Project-The Next Step
After completing 6 verses of Glory Be to Jesus, students should pick another hymn to input into GarageBand. Before starting your next hymn, make sure you set up your project correctly: 1. Check the key signature of your hymn and set it on the GarageBand project.
2. Check the meter of your hymn and set the same meter in Garageband.
3. Don't worry about tempo now, you can always change that later.Enter your hymn in the same way you did Glory Be to Jesus: every voice in its own track. Fix mistakes before option-dragging multiple verses. Set instruments for each verse like we did for Glory Be-groups of church instruments: brass, woodwind, string, whether by themselves of grouped together.
Questions? Leave me a comment. Happy Thanksgiving!
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.