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Music Tech Lab at Green Acres

Students are practicing music on the keyboards in our new lab at Green Acres.

Music Tech Lab at Green Acres

Students are practicing music on the keyboards in our new lab at Green Acres.

Music Tech Students 2013

This is our new Music Tech Lab at Green Acres.

Music Tech Lab at Green Acres

Students are practicing music on the keyboards in our new lab at Green Acres.

Music Tech Students 2013

Students use their Noteflight.com accounts to write and play music.

Music Tech Students 2013

Students use their Noteflight.com accounts to write and play music.

Music Tech Students 2013

Students use their Noteflight.com accounts to write and play music.

Music Tech Students 2013

One of our PTA Reflections Winners for 2012-2013 practices the keyboard.

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Ms. Garrett's Music Lessons and Projects

The lessons below are a sample of what we study in my Music Technology Classes. Each lesson or project below can cover from one to three weeks of music classes. Each student receives a 40-minute lesson per week. I taught 230-250 students per week in the 2nd through 5th Grades in 2011-2012.

Newer Lessons (2011-2012)
* Lessons 01-02 Introduction to Music Technology
* Lessons 03-04 Identifying Instrument Families
* Lessons 05-06 Treble Clef Notes
* Lessons 07-08 Scale and Tetrachords
* Lessons 09-10 Basic Rhythms
* Lessons 11-12 Interactive Quiz (SoundTree Institute)
* Lessons 13-14 Compose a Phrase (SoundTree Institute)
* Lessons 15-16 Preparing for Performance
* Lesson 17 Performance at Christmas
* Lessons 18-20 Musician Louis Armstrong
* Lessons 21-22 Musician Erskine Hawkins
* Lessons 23-24 Musician Duke Ellington
* Lessons 25-26 Musician Bill Withers
* Lessons 27-28 Musician Michael Jackson
* Lessons 29-30 Musician Count Basie
* Lessons 31-32 Musician Stevie Wonder
* Lessons 33-34 Mixcraft Software (Class Favorite)
* Lessons 35-36 Final Lessons
* Lesson - Weebly Website Tutorial
* Flash Piano Practice Keyboards and Chord Chart

Gotcha Song

Older Lessons (Before 2011)
* 001 Introduction to Music Tech 1
* 002 Introduction to Music Tech 2
* 003 Simple Retrograde Lesson
* 004 Form ABA Lesson
* 005 Sound Waves
* 006 Sound Waves and Cartoons
* 007 Make a CD
* 008 It's A Rap! Creating Songs (Class Favorite)
* 009 Major Chords
* 010 Composers Workshop
* 011 Copyright Lessons
* 012 microKORG Lessons
* 013 Student Made Quizzes - Hot Potatoes
* 014 WebQuests Intro
* 015 Music WebQuest 1 - Build a Lab
* 016 Additional Studies (End of Year)
* 017 Compose a Phrase
* 018 Bass Clef Notes
* 020 Time Signatures
* 022 Jazz Musician 'Dizzy' Gillespie
* 025 Gotcha Song, Cartoon and Video (Class Favorite)

* Creating Quizzes / Question Writer 2 Quiz Edition
* Creating Quizzes / Question Writer 2 Flash Files
* Lansky Composer-in-Residence Project 2010

SoundTree Institute

Ms. Garrett also has interactive lesson plans with games on the SoundTree Institute site (subscription-based).
* Making an Interactive Quiz / Instruments Lesson
* Compose a Phrase Using the C Major Scale
* Interactive Rhythm Activities
* Basic Melodic Intervals Study
* Skips, Steps and Leaps in Music

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Music Lab 2012

Donors Choose
Thank you to all of the donors who helped us obtain funding for four more keyboards! The project is fully funded and we received the keyboards in August!

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Books / Software / Multimedia
The students are using the Alfred Basic Piano Library music books to learn to read and play beginning piano (keyboard).

The students use music notation programs such as Noteflight.com or Sibelius 6 to learn to compose and print music notes. The students are learning how to sequence music - entering one musical part into the computer at a time, then changing the sounds to different instruments, such as the flute, clarinet, or drums. We use Scorch (Sibelius) to post student compositions on the website for viewing and playing.

Besides learning to read, compose, and print their music, some of the students will produce their own music files to be recorded on CD's. We create CD's with student compositions and video clips of their work to post in a multimedia portfolio.

Students are learning about MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and how MIDI works with different electronic musical instruments to communicate with other instruments and computers. The students have seen ways in which various electronic wind and percussion instruments can be played along with the computer accompaniments.

TI:ME Music Tech Organization (www.ti-me.org)
There are many different areas of exploration and instruction in Music Technology. The Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) Strategies for Teaching includes the following areas of study: electronic musical instruments, MIDI sequencing, music notation software, computer-assisted instruction, multimedia and digitized media, Internet and telecommunications, information processing, computer systems, and lab management.

TI:ME Music Technology Benchmarks:
1) To become a lifelong adopter of music technology for personal expression
2) To create multimedia productions
3) To collaborate with music peers and experts on the Internet as a resource
4) To create, manipulate, and graphically represent music with a computer-based music device
5) To collaborate in the performance of technology-based music in solo or ensemble
6) To capture and edit digital audio
7) To capture and sequence music with a MIDI controller
8) To communicate with music peers, experts and resources on the Internet
9) To understand how a music technology device captures, stores, and manipulates sound and performance.

 

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