New Project Ideas

​About 3 years ago Ellie and I started to include a "Projects" portion in the recital.  This would include any creative thing done by the student - arranging a song, composing a song, improvising a song, making a Garage Band original composition, arrangement of a song, etc.  This year there are some new creative ideas from some of my percussion players I would like to share with you.

​1.  Using a looping app to create a song (possibly live in the performance).  There is an app called Loopy that I will be doing a post on later this week that lets you easily record and loop samples to create a song.  We are working on some new Latin rhythms that he will be combining together into a song.  He also will be using a keyboard sampler to play in the melody of the song (the keyboard sampler will change the pitch of the sound to higher and lower notes to make a melody).

2.  Creating a Garage Band background and playing the percussion part of the Imagine Dragons song "Thunder."  This song has a great strong percussion track to it, a nice simple bassline, and a very catchy melody line.  It will be really fun, and the student will be doing leg slaps, snaps and claps for the live percussion track.

Zoom Lesson Example
Using the Metronome - Eye of the Tiger

Our Favorite Composers/Books

  • John Williams
    John Williams has been composing music for movies for such a long time! Many of the students enjoy playing the music from "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter," two of his most loved musical scores.
  • Melody Bober
    Melody Bober is such a popular composer with our students! We think it is because she is from Minnesota. So she knows what Minnesotans like in their music!
  • Frederic Chopin
    Chopin is Elizabeth's favorite composer for the piano. In fact, he composed ONLY for the piano. It is no wonder many of her more advanced students enjoy playing his music also!
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