Class Composition Using Pro Tools

Class Composition using Pro Tools

Leslie Mac Pherson
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Northern Valley Regional High School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:



High School


Music Theory


Mac or windows computers Pro Tools Microphones


200 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

A basic knowledge of Pro Tools Expertise on an instrument or as a vocalist

NAfME Standard of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standard of 1994: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
NAfME Standard of 1994: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

NAfME 2014: Performing 

NAfME Standard of 1994: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

NAfME Standard of 1994: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.

NAfME 2014: Responding 


Microphones and cables Pro Tools Electric keyboard


1. Main objective – compose a composition combining the talents of the entire Music Tech class 2. Each student will record a track on a Pro Tools session by playing their instrument or singing 3. The drummer will lay down the track first 4. After all the tracks are done, edit the composition as a class


1. Teach the Music Tech class the basics of Pro Tools (3 to 5 class periods) 2. Play some professional recordings including a variety of styles for the class as examples of good recordings 3. Set-up the microphones and the correct cables in preparation for the recording sessions 4. Be sure Pro Tools is in good working order


1. Effort of each individual student to do his/her best 50% 2. Knowledge of program 25% 3. Ability to work together as a group 25%

Follow Up:

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