Monday was the first day that students really got to dive into the technology! We kicked off the week by talking about patterns. We created different patterns using shapes, sizes, and colors on the SmartBoard. Students learned that we have musical patterns, too! We call these musical patterns "form" which acts like a road map to tell us where our song is going to go. We worked specifically with something called ABA form. This means that our song starts with an "A" section which is the beginning of our song. In the middle of our song (the "B" section) we have music that sounds totally different than the "A" section we had at the beginning of our composition. Finally, we wrap up our song by repeating the "A" section which is familiar music. Students were given the rest of class to work on the first Ipad project - composing a ABA song!
The rest of the week allowed us to finish up and present our ABA form projects that we started on the Ipads on Monday. Instead of having performances quizzes during our music technology unit, we present our finished project to the class! The class gives feed back using "I like... I see... and I wonder...". Project Performance days are always a lot of fun as students get to show off their work as well as provide feedback for others, too!
On Friday we began our second project! Students will be paired up for the second project which is about writing a jingle. Students came up with a product on Friday in class and filled out a product brainstorm worksheet. As we continue this project, students will write lyrics to advertise their product as well as a musical jingle utilizing Garageband on the Ipad to create the music for their jingle, too! Check back next week to see a few finished projects!