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Student Project: Virtual Instruments and Loops in A-B-A Form in MixCraft

As we approach the end of the first marking period, the high school students in my Digital Music Composition class are trying their hands at their first true creative composition assignment using MixCraft5. They had to create their own drum loops using virtual instruments, then select loops to create a song with a two measure intro, A-B-A form, and a two measure outro. The only other requirement was to apply at least one effect to either the entire project (global) or to an individual track. This student's work is a great example of what happens when you give someone with some music performing experience, intelligence, and a sense of musicality a tool like MixCraft. The student told me that the part he had the most trouble with was transitioning from the A section to the B section in a musical way, since loops end ubruptly and are designed to be repeated. I can't wait to get them to the point where they are writing all original material!

Posted by ★ Owner on October 26, 2010 at 11:11 AM 2548 Views

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