Create Practice Accompaniment in 3 Styles and Tempos

Create Practice Accompaniment in 3 styles and tempos.

David Thomas May
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Burlington City High School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments
Notation Software
Music Production
Instructional Software


High School


Music Technology


Mac Pro Desk Top Units, Korg X-50 keyboards, Band In A Box (BIAB), SIBELIUS Notation Software.


38 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students must know how to enter notation into Sibelius.
Students must know how to enter chords and Styles in BIAB.

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

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

NAfME 2014: Performing 

NAfME Standards of 1994: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
NAfME Standards of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

NAfME Standards of 1994: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
NAfME Standards of 1994: Evaluating music and music performances.

NAfME 2014: Responding 

NAfME Standards of 1994: Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture

NAfME 2014: Connections




The students will take practice examples and adapt them to BIAB for styles and tempos.


Class will begin with a brief verbal overview of the project and the anticipated end result. 1 minute

Students will listen as the teacher lectures through the steps of the project. 5 minutes

Students will then select an exercise from their band folder and input their own chord changes for their exercises into their BIAB file. (there should be 4 time repeat / loop). 10 minutes

Students will then record in the exercise melody (a comfortable tempo should be selected) in the first time. 5 minutes

The students will continue with various style ideas recorded into the BIAB FIles they create. 15 minutes

Wrap up – Save Up – Clean Up


Student work and progress will be evaluated by the instructor, throughout the class period.

The ensuing class period will used to provide an opportunity for a class performance of the file and will be evaluated for a grade by the instructor.

Follow Up:

Students would be asked to use this project in their improvisation lessons to demonstrate the usage of the tool for improvisational practice ideas.

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