Don’t just play music, compose it!
Composition is about curiosity, creativity and ingenuity.
This class will inspire interest in music creation through exposure to and guided exploration of a common digital audio workstation (GarageBand), combined with an introduction to basic concepts in music theory and production.
As the semester progresses, classes will shift focus toward students developing full songs of their own. Gradually, more time will be spent composing than discussion or specific exercises. The last few classes of the semester will be fully dedicated to student composition and production, where they will create their final pieces of music on the course. These pieces will be combined into a class album, which will then be put up on Soundcloud.
Lesson 1: Introduction (Loops)
Lesson 2: Breaking apart a song and reflecting it onto our own songs
Lesson 3: Melody Drums Bass
Lesson 4: How to add effects
Lesson 5: Getting complex with Note editor (Adding, shortening)
Lesson 6: Adding measures, changing tempo, adding dynamics into our songs using velocity
Lesson 7: How to use sampling to add originality to our songs
Lesson 8: Sharing Final Projects and uploading to SoundCloud
Students’ work samples:
8 Classes, 4 Weeks