Loop Sequencer Arranging

Loop Sequencer Arranging 

David M. Marshall
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Joseph Case High School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments
Sequencing

Level:

High School

Class:

Music Theory

Equipment:

1. MIDI / Sequencer / Electronic Keyboard Station with teacher station (with projector)
2. Any Sequencer Software Program that has preprogrammed loops
3. CD Burner Software

Duration:

2, 45-minute sessions Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

1. Students have an understanding of song form
2. Students have basic keyboard skills

MENC Standards Addressed:

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

Materials:

1. Lead sheet of simple nursery rhyme melodies
2. Handout created by teacher with helpful hints on how to operate the sequencer program used in the lesson.

Objectives:

The successful student will learn how to create a sequenced song by adding accompaniment loops and inputting midi data via a midi keyboard.

Procedures:

1. Handout helpful hints sheets and nursery rhyme lead sheet

2. Practice lead sheet melodies as a group.

3. Students open sequencer program and teacher explains the basics of the program.

4. Teacher creates a sequence with drum, bass, guitar, piano loops and records a melody.

5. Students create their own sequence with loops and record their selected nursery rhyme into the sequence.

6. Teacher asks students to change the key that the sequence is performing and try multiple forms by copying and pasting loops.

7. Students are asked to add 2 new tracks such as auxiliary percussion, horn riffs, drum fills, etc.

8. Students first save the file within the program, then as a mp3 file.

9. Students burn their arrangement on a CD

10. Teacher reviews each CD in class for open discussion

Evaluation:

Results are evaluated based on each student’s proficiency using the program and level of creativity in their arrangement.

Follow Up:

1. Students compose a melody to sequence.
2. Students create a sequence in which they input audio data via a microphone (Instrumental or Vocal)

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