Music – Lesson plan BYOC – Bring Your Own Class – 6 Broome
- Gain an introductory knowledge of Audacity, and demonstrate capacity to record and playback multiple tracks in order to make and respond to a short two-bar repeating Ostinato.
- Open, record, save and export (in MP3 format) an Audacity project.
- Gain an introductory knowledge of GarageBand for the iPad, specifically using the sampler instrument to sample their constructed djembe tones.
- Use a checklist and peer moderation to confirm Audacity and Sampler skills.
- Notate their invented ostinato using a basic notational method from previous lessons.
Curriculum map – Year 6
- AC (Music) making and responding
- Creating and sharing musical compositions
- Understanding sound pressure, rhythm and tones
- ICT – digital media, manipulating sounds, sampling
Lesson sequence 9–11 am (Total time: 120 mins)
Introductions (5 mins)
What do you already know about Audacity? What can it do?
Audacity recording demonstration (5 mins)
- Emphasise count in or using a metronome (click track)
- Record a track, counted in and to a click
- Record a second, third track - show how to line it up, balance, normalise
- Show how to save an Audacity project and to export a merged sound file (MP3)
Powering on Macs and Using the Touchpad: Josh Excite (5 mins)
Student Audacity recordings (20 mins)
- In pairs, students use Audacity to record, play back, and critique their composed ostinatos
- Students fill out skills checklist, and get signoff from their peer/partner
- Students export their ostinato as an MP3 file
Garageband mixing demonstration (25 mins)
- What do you already know about GarageBand? What can it do? Is it just for music?
- Open demo song 'Curtain Call'
- Orientate to track and mixer functions (solo, mute, volume, pan and FX)
- Have students zero volume on each track and do their own mix
Garageband sampling sounds (30 mins)
- Demonstrate sampler tool
- Have students record djembe sounds (up to eight samples i.e. eight tracks)
- Have them mix a repeating percussive composition (two-bar ostinato)
- Students fill out skills checklist and get signoff from their peer/partner
- Share their session with a peer or possibly class (if time permits)
Notation (15 mins)
- Students notate their ostinato in their work books
Possible extensions – time permitting (10 mins)
- Free exploration on smart instruments on iPads
- Practise vocal on 'Forever Young' and record it via Audacity
Closure (5 mins)
- Closure comments and planning for Week 6 demonstrations