- Middle School/High School
- The students will arrange segments of a tenor saxophone solo
to create one continuous solo in GarageBand.
- The students will create four varied arrangements to accompany
the tenor saxophone by choosing appropriate loops in GarageBand
- The students and teacher will appraise their arrangements in
relation to given genres.
- Students should know how to find, audition, and select loops
- Website: The Freesound Project (http://freesound.iua.upf.edu)
- Apple GarageBand (free on new Macs) or a version of ACID (PC)
- Broadband internet connection and web browser
- MENC 2: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a
varied repertoire of music.
- MENC 3: Improvising melodies, harmonies, and accompaniments.
- MENC 4: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
- MENC 5: Reading and notating music.
- MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
- MENC 7: Evaluating music and music performances.
- MENC 9: Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture
Teacher preparation: Download the sample pack
Tenor Sax D major 110bpm by simondsouza from The Freesound
Project website: http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/packsViewSingle.php?id=84
- Part 1 (15-20 mins): Students will drag the samples into the
GarageBand window and then arrange them onto one track in a preferred
- Part 2 (40-60 mins): Create backing tracks from loops that transform
the feel of the arrangement. Leave the Tenor Sax part alone and
only use instrumental loops to effect this change. Students should
produce four separate arrangements in the following styles:
- Jazzy/Laid Back
- Heavy Rock
- Percussion only
- The students will appraise their own and each others work in
relation to given musical genres.
- The teacher will provide formative assessment during the class
so that the student can edit their work.
- The teacher can assess the finished recordings at a later time.
A similar project using the Mastertrack
to adjust the pitch would be a more advanced activity. In this
way, the students can approximate chord changes within the arrangement.