Creating a BIAB Personal Improvisation File

Creating a BIAB Personal Improvisation File

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


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


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.


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


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


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


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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