Rhythm Complex 

Ted Rood
t.rood@staff.chuh.org
Roxboro Middle School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Multimedia/Digital Media

Level:

Middle School

Class:

Music Technology

Equipment:

Audacity, Computer, Headphones

Duration:

30 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Use of Audacity

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Improvising melodies, harmonies, and accompaniments.
NAfME Standards of 1994: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

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

NAfME 2014: Responding 

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

NAfME 2014: Connections

Materials:

Percussion samples that can be imported to a Musical Production program.

Objectives:

Students will create and develop a rhythm complex using music production software.

Procedures:

Before teaching the lesson, Create several samples of percussion instruments using a keyboard and Audacity. Place them on a track so they can be selected and listened to. After a discussion on what a rhythm complex is and it’s history, have students create a rhythm complex using audacity. Set some guidelines so that they can complete the lesson in time. Start by having students make only 5 tracks of percussion and that the beat of instruments can be placed only on each second of time on the timeline. A total of 12 to 24 sec. would be plenty. For each track one instrument is selected, and can be placed over any sec/beat. Explain how in the rhythm complex, some sec/beats should be left silent to bring out other parts. Once completed, have students playback each rhythm complex to make sure they followed the guidelines set.

Evaluation:

Have each project played for the class to listen to and discuss how each one was put together.

Follow Up:

You can create a rhythm complex and alter the given percussion sounds by using audacity’s effects. This will allow the students to explore the program and the effects that are available.

Items to Purchase:

A keyboard that has percussion samples, or live instruments to be recorded into audacity. Audacity is free!

When budget should be submitted:

One month

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