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Workshop Syllabus

Workshop: Music Producing with Garageband

Length of workshop: Half Day

Overview: Learn to make your own beats all at the touch of a screen! Become a music producer without even knowing how to play an instrument with garageband today!

Starkids will learn how to use ios software Garageband via Apple ipad. Kids will learn how to create an 8-16 bar structured son complete with beats, melodies and lyrics, as well as effects and editing.

Please see this video https://vimeo.com/460854494 (password = starshine) for more detail on each step of the workshop

Participants will:

  • Learn to use ios Software Garageband on ipad. This skill is also transferrable to iphone.
  • Learn to make full structured songs by using stock plug ins and instruments provided by garageband app.
  • Learn about tempo, melody, chordal structure, lyricism and beat production all in one.

Session 1

Intro to Music – Production/Drums Tutorial

WHAT: Music Production: What is it? What kind of people produce music? For whom? Diving into the different realms that music production can take you. FROM scoring cinema, Soundtracks, personal artistry, sound design for theatres, commercials and much, much more!

HOW: Lead students in discussion

  • Introduce what music production is and its applications
  • Demonstrate how to open the Garageband App and begin new project etc
  • Begin with quick guessing game – can they put their hands up and guess each instrument you use?
  • Demonstrate how to lay down drum beats in Garageband
  • Demonstrate QUANTISATION and also how to use a METRONOME to ensure the instruments are in time and not random (see video for more info)

WHY: Participants will:

  • Experiment with different sounds and beats
  • Learn basic Garageband production skills
  • Introduced to basic musical concepts of rhythm and beat
  • Large screen with HDMI cord, iPad dongle, and speaker
  • iPads with Garageband installed (1 between 3 kids is ideal)

Head Coach:

  • To lead tutorial 

Coach:

  • Assist with crowd control 

Run the tutorial BEFORE handing out any iPads or placing children in groups.

Lay Down the Beat (10-15 minutes)

WHAT: Students split students into their groups where they will compose their drum beat

HOW:

  • Coaches to split children into groups of 3-4 kids (consider age, personalities, families groups, dynamic, etc.
  • Each group should come up with a name for their “Music Label”
  • Each group carries out the instructions from the previous tutorial on laying down a beat

WHY: Participants will:

  • Learn to collaborate ideas and experiment with different music styles
  • Implement instructions given in the tutorial
  • Lean into their individual creativity and be inspired by that of their group members
  • Large screen with HDMI cord, iPad dongle, and speaker
  • iPads with Garageband installed (1 between 3 kids is ideal)

Head Coach:

  • To break students into small groups, considering dynamics, behaviour, ages, etc.

  • Float around and assist groups

Coach:

  • Float around and assist groups
  • Crowd Control

You may wish to split siblings up in order to arguments. This tends to avoid a lot of tears and also encourages students to make new friends.

Adding Melody

WHAT: Demonstrate melodic instrument options and how to use them e.g. start with guitar or piano.  Send students into groups to apply these skills

HOW:

  • Head Coach to gather students together to demonstrate how to add melody to their composition
  • Demo how to use Guitar OR Piano chords
  • Send students back to groups to add melody to their composition

WHY: Participants will:

  • Learn to use basic chords and riffs
  • Develop their aural skills to hear what fits together to create a cohesive melody
  • Begin to develop their own musical style and taste
  • Develop their collaboration skills
  • iPads

Head Coach:

  • Deliver tutorial

Coach:

  • Float around and assist groups
  • Crowd Control

  • Troubleshooting help
Lyrical Genius

WHAT: Now that you have some basic music, it’s time write your lyrics for your rap or song

HOW:

  • Brainstorm lyrics as a team – what is the aim of your song e.g. creating a funky rap that people want to dance to, creating a jingle to convince people to buy a product… etc.
  • Write out lyrics on paper as a team
  • Select “new track” and “audio” to record your vocals.
  • Hit the red circle to “record” into your headphone’s mic

WHY: Participants will:

  • Learn to develop ideas on top of a beat
  • Learn to collaborate and nominate a lead singer or rapper
  • Learn to discover their musical strengths – are you a composer or singer, percussionist or guitarist
  • iPad
  • Headphones with microphone

Head Coach:

  • Introduce the task and create an example using a beat and lyrics of their own. this will outline how to achieve the recording of vocals. secondary coach will aid kids to stay on track and suggest fun lyrics or ideas if starkids are feeling lost a little shy

Coach:

  • Float around and assist groups
  • Crowd Control

Encourage students to go to a corner of the room where you can avoid recieving the same noise from your surrounding peers. if this doesn’t work and sounds are still bleeding into your mix, ask the headcoach about “noise gate”.

REMIX!

WHAT: Like your song? Time to remix using the Remix FX

HOW:

  • Head coach will demonstrate how to use the remix plug in and what the functions are. once achieved, students will try for themselves!

WHY: Participants will:

  • This task teaches kids to let go of control and have creative freedom in completely changing a song, whilst keeping the original ideas of their composition. This encourages abstract thinking and exciting new possibilities for change.
  • iPad

Head Coach:

  • To demonstrate the remix FX function and explain what each function is for.

Coach:

  • Float around and assist groups
  • To help students when lost or flag any questions of their own regarding the remix FX

Have fun! Students to take turns playing DJ Session 2

SHOWTIME!

WHAT: Students to demonstrate their new skills and knowledge by showing their new song. They can also exhibit their remixes too!

HOW:

Pressing play on their new project and pumping the volume to the maximum.

WHY: Participants will:

  • Learn confidence and courage.
  • Other students are encouraged to support their peers and applaud them for their bravery. This is also a great way to get inspired, by listening to other’s work!

iPads, speaker, connection to speaker e.g. aux cord

Head Coach:

  • Lead presentation 

Coach:

  • Ensure iPads are ready to go
  • Assist with crowd control

Get kids to SIMPLIFY their ideas – they will naturally want to tell complex stories that are hard to draw and hard to portray in 30 seconds – get them to pick the best 3 elements of their ideaExtension

Album Artwork

WHAT: Create your official Album Artwork using our Album Artwork Template

HOW: 

  • Individual Task for those who finish quickly or need to be occupied during group work…
  • Use the provided textas and StarTime Album Artwork Template to create the perfect album cover for your original song!
  • Consider marketing appeal, audience, imagery and themes

WHY: Participants will:

  • Understand the wider artistic and marketing aspects of music production
  • Exercise their creativity and eembrace individuality
  • Textas x 2 packets
  • StarTime Album Artwork Template print-out (1 per child plus spares)

Head Coach:

Coach: