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.
NEW 2013-2014 We're moving our blogs to Google's Blogger since WLA is using Google Apps for Education. Click here for Mr. Witte's new Music Tech blog. Click on the student names in the right hand column below to find links to their Google blogs for Music Tech and to see and hear what they've been working on in class.
You don't have to know how to play an instrument, write a song, or even sing in tune. With GarageBand and a little inspiration from the Apple Store expert staff, you'll learn everything you need to write, compose, and record your first hit song.
This free one-hour workshop covers music-making basics and gives you songwriting tips from the pros. You'll learn about song structure, chord progression, lyrics, and just what makes a great song great. You'll also get to explore GarageBand hands-on and see how fun and easy it is to create music.
You'll leave the workshop with the knowledge, ideas, and inspiration to compose a masterpiece to enter into the American Idol Songwriting Competition. And who knows, if you win, you'll hear your song performed live on American Idol.
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.