This activity introduces students to the Live Loops Interface on GarageBand for iOS. Students will create a script for themself (or partners) to be performed while playing a set of Live Loops that complements the script or message. The activity sheets introduce Live Loops, where to find and download them on the iPad (Internet connection required), and the basis of their use. With a little practice, a structured piece of music can be impressively achieved within one lesson. Your students will love this!
The goal is to create a musical background or accompaniment for the script. The script can take on any form and expressed with elements of drama and other Arts areas. Students audition Live Loops from the many free, downloadable packages through GarageBand for iOS (iPhone, iPad). Each set is genre-based. They are encouraged to use headphones and listen to each loop (horizontal) and loop sets (vertical) to determine what is best for their background.
Using the accompanying planning sheet(s), students can write their script in point form, choose their Live Loop set and loops, and decide on any expressive elements they will add to make their performance expressive and memorable by the audience. In the spirit of innovation and creativity, students are encouraged to add live elements to their backgrounds, such as acoustic instruments and sound effects. In an ideal situation, the performance could be recorded by a second device and/or video camera to capture other live instruments and sounds, dramatic and subtle movements by the performer(s), and elements of visual art projected on a screen.
The audio performance from Live Loops is easily recorded as the student interacts with the Interface.
Suggested purposes include:
• dance movements with voice
• visual art reflections with background music and vocal description
• use of text types (narrative, recount, explanation, procedures, etc.)
• background for a student-created video (a little tricky without a time display in this interface and device compared with GarageBand for Mac.
Future Live Loop for GarageBand iOS activities will include creating your own set of favourite Live Loops and creating your own live loop using chords, musical motifs, drums, and various textures of sounds and tonal colour (Alchemy Synth). The sale and success of this activity will push the creation of others. Keep in touch and let me know your needs! I’m a full-time educator, possibly like yourself, hopefully soon to retire to create full-time. This will allow me to better equip our students with music creation experiences for their future! Thanks for your support.