Can my students use computers to make Music?
Here are a few exciting ways you can use computers to make, record and modify music or noise. My students enjoy these programmes and activities and Iím sure yours will also.
Computers can be used as tape recorders by using a small cheap microphone that plugs into your sound card. Even the recording software that comes with Windows 95 or 98 can be used to create fun recordings and because the sound is digital you can play with and edit it easily.
The Windows Sound Recorder can be found in the Start menu under Programmes, Accessories, Entertainment.
With this programme students could record their stories with different voices and then add sounds and or music.
A more advanced recording programme
that can be down loaded for free is Cool Edit 96.
Is the hottest easy to use digital music maker for Standard 2 and up. Itís like "Paint by Numbers" for music. All you do is choose the sounds you want and highlight the buttons that represent beats or measures of music where you want the selected sound to be played.
If you click on the track you are working on and the small "KB" button you can easily change the note values or pitch of the sounds to add melody to your percussion.
You can down Load the almost complete
shareware version or pay $30 dollars to get the full version. This
programme is that good that I use the Pro $100 version professionally
within my home recording studio.
Hammer Head is similar to Fruit
Loops except it is very easy and even 5 year olds can make great
For a growing daily source of music
software go here to "Music Machine" for digital music
Myself: Jason Caldwell email: [email protected]
I have attached a basic hand out that I have used within Computers courses that I have taken in the past. It contains the basics that can save you and your school a lot of time and money.
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