GarageBand for iOS has Smart Instruments that allow for finger-gestured chords to be played, in chordal form (with inversions), or in arpeggiated style with the Autoplay feature turned on.
By introducing simple chord progressions (chord-ordered sequences), students can achieve impressive chordal accompaniments to compose melodies, and add drum patterns, if desired (separate tracks).
In the information pages that follow, students will be presented with the GarageBand for iOS Smart Instruments that allow for finger-gestured chords and this information:
-guitar chord symbol,
-triad (3 note chord) and broken chord (arpeggio) represented with traditional notation
-notation represented with AlphaNotes (Finale Font)
The activity sheets present common chord progressions that teach chord-based composition, based on the chord (triad) notes. These simple melodies will be melodically pleasing as all the notes are from the chords. Students select only from the notes within the basic chord triad. The next activities will involve passing notes and the introduction of eighth notes.
Participants will be using one of GarageBand for iOS Smart Instruments to record their chord progression and then add other tracks for their melody, drums and any other requirements set by the educator. Once complete, students can share their composition with the class, and/or email with the usual sharing features of GarageBand for iOS.