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Music Resources Home > Articles > A Taste of Music Tech: Learning About Melody


By Laura B. Whitmore

Your students don't just want to be shown how to write and record music, they want to do it! Here's a new series of books that harnesses powerful music technology tools and gives you progressive lesson plans that maximize hands on time for your students. Alfred Publishing has been kind enough to share usable lesson excerpts from each of the three books in their new Music Tech Series, so be sure to check back for more lesson plans in future issues of this newsletter.

The first is a lesson from Alfred's Music Tech Series: Sequencing and Music Production, Book 1. It comes from a section of the book entitled, Unit 2: Rhythm, Melody and MIDI Recording. This exercise focuses on listening to and learning about the characteristics of melody and gives students step by step instructions for creating their own "answers" to melodic examples. You can open a PDF of the lesson by simply clicking here. All audio and MIDI files used in this lesson can be downloaded by clicking here. Alfred's Music Tech Series: Sequencing and Music Production, Book 1, is designed for the beginning student who is learning about digital composition and recording in a group lab setting. It is targeted for grades 5-9, and can be used in an elective music class where there is access to a music technology lab, MIDI controllers and desktop music production software like Cakewalk's SONAR.

This course is unique, as it allows students to work on projects individually or in small groups with the provided lesson materials. It may be used with a variety of sequencing and digital recording programs on either Microsoft Windows or Macintosh operating systems. Alfred's Music Tech Series also includes two other books entitled, Composing Music with Notation, Book 1 and Playing Keyboard, Book 1. All of the books come with a companion CD that includes audio, MIDI files, or both, with hands on exercises for students. A teacher's manual with lesson plans and supplemental material is due out next month.

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