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.
In this unit, you will learn four things: (1) how to play a simple drum set pattern, (2) how to notate that pattern and read other common patterns, (3) how to program Garageband to play those patterns and, ultimately, (4) how to program the drum track for your Beatles song.
ASSIGNMENT FOR MONDAY, FEB 16, 2009: Program the following five drum loops : Balled Rock 3, Ballad Rock 4, Disco 1, Disco 2, Heavy Metal 5
1. Do all loops in the same project.
2. Label each drum loop by changing the region name (e.g. "Ballad - Rock 3" or "Disco 2") DUE DATE: Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009
I wrote an article about this topic back on April 24, 2007 called "Programming Your Own Drum Loops" which explained the basics of this project. We are going to follow a smiliar path to learning how to read set notation, but the end result will be learning how to read the drum parts for our Beatles songs
Article posted February 15, 2009 at 03:33 PM GMT-6 •
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Read this assignment (I modified it since Friday) and program the five drum loops indicated. Just so you can check your work, you can listen to my versions of those loops below. Each was made using the Rock Kit and played back at 121 beats per minute (bpm).
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.