Tips and Tricks for Creating Digital Music
experiementing with digital music creation in my class for a few years now and
the children really get into it. All you have to do is drag loops into the work
space and play. I run workshops with and have students play with about 6 different
versions of this software. They are all so easy and so much fun!
Techno Ejay music creation
are some ideas for integrating digital music production into the classroom:
Compose a 3 minute piece that you and your friends would stay on the dance floor
for at a school social.
Compose a moody 1 minute piece that will accompany a photostory.
Compose a 10 second stinger for a podcast segment.
Compose a piece with no 'traditional instruments' ie no bass, drums or guitar.
Compose a piece of music to accompany a dance, aerobics or Jump Rope for Heart
Compose a piece of music to be played with the reading of a piece of poetry. The
music must reflect the mood of the poetry.
Try looking for this software on Ebay. You can often find it cheap.
Try looking for this software in 'throw out' bin in major retailer shops. You
can often find it for around $10
Have the students place all one type of sound on one or two lines ie all the drums
on tracks 1 & 2, all the bass on 3, etc
Look for this sort of software on music magazine cover disks but make sure you
read the user agreement.
When sitting side by side working on a computer have the children take the headphone
off one of their ears so they don't yell at each other.
Demonstrate using an older version of the software and have the students make
their music in a newer version so they 'transfer' their learning from one application
Download the Ejay demos and begin to explore the world of electronic music
out the demo of versions of Ejay 6 or 7
here and have a listen to some of
the music you can create.