Semester 1 Project 1: Clips (Provided)

For this project, you will create a song using the clips provided in the “Clips 1” project. You will then upload your song to SoundCloud.

 

Your song must have the following features:

  • It must make use of at least 5 different clips.

  • It must evolve/change over time.

  • It must be between 40 seconds and 1 minute long.

  • It must have appropriately balanced levels between the tracks.

Due Date:

August 28th/29th

 

Semester 1 Project 2: Drums

For this project, you will create a song that uses premade pitched clips (clips with notes) and a drum clip that you write yourself.

 

Your song must have the following features:

  • It must contain at least 4 tracks, and at least 4 different clips.

  • 3 of the clips in your song can be pre-made clips.

  • 1 of the clips in your song must be an original drum pattern written by you.

  • All pitched elements must be in the same scale/key.

  • All clips must be at the same tempo.

  • It must be between 1 minute and 1:30 minutes long.

  • It must evolve/change over time.

  • It must fade out at the end.

Due Date:

Wednesday/Thursday, September 18th/19th

 

Semester 1 Project 3: Halloween Heaters, Melody Edition

 

For this project, you will create and share an original score to a short piece of film that contains at least one original melodic element and a sound effect.

  • Students’ songs must include at least one student-composed/programmed melody track

  • Students’ songs must include at least one student-composed/programmed drum track

  • Students’ songs must include at least one sound effect

  • Students’ songs must include at least 3 tracks in addition to the video

  • Students’ projects must be between 1:30 and 2:30 long.

  • Students’ projects must have appropriately balanced volume levels between the tracks.

  • Students must structure their song so that it has at least three changes over time.

  • Students’ songs must include a fadeout.

Due Date:

Wednesday/Thursday, October 9th/10th

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Halloween Heaters Submission Form

Semester 1 Project 3 - My Piano Weighs a Ton: Intro to Chords and Harmony

Students will create a simple composition that includes an original chord progression consisting of at least three chords. Students’ projects must include the following features:

  • Students’ projects must include an original chord progression consisting of at least three chords

  • Students’ songs must include at least one student-composed/programmed melody in addition to their chord progression

  • Students’ songs must include at least one student-composed/programmed drum track

  • Students’ songs must include at least 4 tracks (drums, melodies or chord progressions)

  • Students’ projects must be between 1:30 and 2:30 long.

  • All student-created pitched information must be in the same key

  • Students’ projects must have appropriately balanced volume levels between the tracks.

  • Students must be appropriately arranged and evolve over time.

Due Date:

Friday, November 15th

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Semester 1 Project 5 - Semester Final

For this project, you must choose one of the following options:

  1. Write an original chord progression.

    • You can use any instrument you’d like.

    • You must use at least 2 chords in your progression.

  2. Record original vocals.

    • You must either sing or rap.

    • You must record at least 4 bars of vocals.

  3. Record a melody or chord progression with a real instrument (guitar, bass, etc).

    • You can record any instrument you’d like. 

    • You can loop what you record (You don’t have to play it all the way through the song.)

In addition, everyone must include the following features:

  • You must use a delay effect to create a drop.

  • You must pan two of your tracks somewhere other than the center.

  • Your song must contain at least 4 tracks.

  • Your song must contain at least one original melody - Be intentional about the scale and key you are playing in – Decide before you start writing and set your Push to that scale and key – You cannot use C Major

  • Your song must contain at least one original drum pattern – Be intentional about the tempo of your song – Set it before you start programming drums.

  • Your song must be between 1 and 3 minutes long.

Due Date:

Monday, December 16th

Tuesday, December 17th

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Semester 2 - Project 2: Acapellas

For this project, you will take an acapella and create a song around it

  • Your song must contain at least one original chord progression.

  • Your song must contain at least one original melody.

  • Your song must contain at least one original drum part.

  • Your song must contain at least one original bass line.

  • You must differentiate the verse sections from the chorus sections in some way – that is, the verses must have a different melody, drum pattern, or chord progression 

Due Date:

Wednesday, February 26th

Thursday, February 27th

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