Creating a BIAB Personal Improvisation File

Creating a BIAB Personal Improvisation File

David Thomas May
dmay@burlington-nj.net
Burlington City High School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments
Notation Software
Music Production
Instructional Software

Level:

High School

Class:

Music Technology

Equipment:

MacPro Desktop Units, Korg X-50 keyboards, Band In A Box (BIAB) Software, FINALE / SIBELIUS Notation Software. Room projector hook-up for teacher computer.

Duration:

38 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

The students should know how to input chord changes into a BIAB file and select styles. Students should have ability to do some very basic improvisation ideas.

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 2: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
MENC 3: Improvising melodies, harmonies, and accompaniments.
MENC 4: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
MENC 5: Reading and notating music.
MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
MENC 7: Evaluating music and music performances.

Materials:

Projection Screen shots of computer visuals for students to view during opening instructions. List of steps to execute the project.
The Real Book Music Fake Book

Objectives:

Students will be able to identify, prioritize, assemble and finalize the necessary elements to construct an improvisation rehearsal file for a standard lead sheet.

Procedures:

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

Students will then be asked to turn their attention to the projection screen as the teacher lectures through the steps of the project. 5 minutes

Students will then select a lead sheet from their improvisation folder and input the chord changes into their BIAB file. (there should be 4 time repeat / loop). 10 minutes

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

The students will continue with improvisational ideas recorded into the “soloist” track on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th loops. 15 minutes

Wrap up – Save Up – Clean Up

Evaluation:

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.

Items to Purchase:

None

When budget should be submitted:

N/A

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