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.