Mix n Match Tenor Sax

Mix n Match Tenor Sax

Matthew Etherington
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Camelot Academy

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation Software
Music Production
Instructional Software


Middle School


General Music


Apple GarageBand Internet browser with broadband internet access


60 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students should know how to find, audition, and select loops in GarageBand.

NAfME standard of 1994 Addressed:

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

NAfME 2014: Performing 

NAfME standard of 1994: Improvising melodies, harmonies, and accompaniments.
NAfME standard of 1994: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
NAfME standard of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

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

NAfME 2014: Responding 

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

NAfME 2014: Connections


Website: The Freesound Project (http://freesound.iua.upf.edu)


– The students will arrange segments of a tenor saxophone solo to create one continuous solo in GarageBand.
– The students will create four varied arrangements to accompany the tenor saxophone by choosing appropriate loops in GarageBand.
– The students and teacher will appraise their arrangements in relation to given genres.


Teacher preparation: Download the sample pack Tenor Sax D major 110bpm by simondsouza from The Freesound Project website: http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/packsViewSingle.php?id=84.

Part 1 (15-20 mins): Students will drag the samples into the GarageBand window and then arrange them onto one track in a preferred order.

Part 2 (40-60 mins): Create backing tracks from loops that transform the feel of the arrangement. Leave the Tenor Sax part alone and only use instrumental loops to effect this change. Students should produce four separate arrangements in the following styles:
1 – Jazzy/Laid Back
2 – Heavy Rock
3 – Percussion only
4 – Abstract


The students will appraise their own and each others work in relation to given musical genres.
The teacher will provide formative assessment during the class so that the student can edit their work.
The teacher can assess the finished recordings at a later time.

Follow Up:

A similar project using the Mastertrack to adjust the pitch would be a more advanced activity. In this way, the students can approximate chord changes within the arrangement.

Items to Purchase:

New Apple computers come with GarageBand pre-installed. For older Apple computers, it is possible to purchase GarageBand, as part of the iLife suite, with an educator discount.

When budget should be submitted:


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