Music Technology Lessons
Lessons © K. Garrett, www.musictechteacher.com
Lesson 016, DATES ___________
The 2nd through 5th Grade students receive one 40 minute lesson per week.
begin selection of new students interested in the music technology
program and obtain information from students for the next school
year. To introduce music technology program to parents/students.
* To continue to familiarize current students with reading music notes by
completing Music Ace theory lessons and Sibelius notation software.
* To allow students to open MIDI files (independently) to accompany their
music from the Alfred Piano Lesson Books.
* To introduce students to looking up information on the Internet related
to careers in music. Music Careers are posted near the
Casio Keyboards, Stand-alone and Internet computers, Sequencer
or Tone Generator and MIDI disks, Alfred Basic Piano Method
Level 1A, Music Ace 1, Sibelius and Music Time Deluxe software, and all
cables, adapters and headphones associated with electronic
note-reading worksheets, folders, notebooks, pencils, etc.
selection of students recommended by each homeroom teacher
for the Music Tech Class. Handout forms (Music Technology
Handbook) to prospective students. Obtain information on each
student (name, address, phone, parents, etc.). Each student
/ parent must sign the Music Technology Handbook form. (If VCR-TV available, show the Ray Dretske Computers in
Music Video to students and parents.) Explain handbook
carefully. Students may take a quiz on the Internet after viewing
the video. (Ray Dretske's Computers In Music Online.)
Current Music Tech students - Music
Ace / Sibelius -Work at individual pace. Student Goals:
comprehension of loud and soft tones, listening, same and different
pitch / timbres. Students are on Lessons 12-24 in Music Ace.
Students working on Sibelius are composing music using
two melody staves and one percussion staff. Additional commands
for operating Sibelius are being memorized and implemented
by students. Students are also learning how to (independently)
change the sound from playing through the keyboard to playing
through the computer speaker.
Students are to use Sibelius or Music Time Deluxe software to open a MIDI
file from the hard drive. The students can use the MIDI file
to accompany them in playing from the Alfred Basic Piano Book,
pp. 20-54. Students can adjust the tempo of the music by using
the tempo slider on the computer. After practice, they can
adjust the slider to a faster tempo. Teach the students how
to close the file and open another.
Introduce students to looking up information on the Internet
about a musical career. A career list will be posted outside of Music
Tech Lab. Students can start by going to the Links web page
and clicking on links to other music sites, or they can type
the career name in the address bar at the top of the screen.
Monitor student use of the Internet. Two students at a time
may use the Internet. Others are to continue with their keyboard
will be able to identify / demonstrate procedures for opening,
closing, and adjusting tempo on MIDI music files with the Music
Time Deluxe and Sibelius software.
will be able to identify / demonstrate procedures for changing
the computer speakers sound to the keyboard sound output.
will be able to operate the keyboard / computer in the correct
will be able to complete various exercises on pages 20-54 of
the Alfred Piano Lesson 1A.
will identify loud and soft notes / same and different pitch
/ timbre on the keyboard and in Music Ace lessons.
will demonstrate knowledge of finding information on the Internet
through school links and search engines. Students will write
a few paragraphs about a career in music that they would like
to explore, and site their sources.
on musical skills through some of the quizzes and games on
the Music Tech Teacher Quizzes
and Games pages. Choose games according to the skill level
of the students.
listen to selections played by Ms. Garrett from the Alfred
Jazz, Rags and Blues Book using a sequencer and MIDI disks.
develop sense of freedom playing in different genres of music
from various keyboard books, depending on level of proficiency.
study of music history through use of the Time Travelers Guide
to Music History, Books 1 and 2, and study of composers through
various other Alfred resource books.