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.
Week 1: Introduction (Loops)
Week 2: Breaking apart a song and reflecting it onto our own songs
Week 3: Melody Drums Bass
Week 4: How to add effects
Week 5: Getting complex with Note editor (Adding, shortening)
Week 6: Adding measures, changing tempo, adding dynamics into our songs using velocity
Week 7: How to use sampling to add originality to our songs
Week 8: Collaboration day part 1 - Testing our collaboration with another person using file upload
Week 9: Creating a song using your name (Sound Sampler)
Week 10: Collaboration day part 2 - using the things we learned about in our first time and how to improve!
Week 11: How to make a Soundcloud account and put songs on your profile as well as starting out final project
Week 12: Sharing Final Projects and uploading to SoundCloud
Students’ work samples:
No Class on 11/27