Give your students the opportunity to work with a Wisconsin composer as they learn the basics of composing. This workshop offers the experience of creative collaboration and promotes teamwork as students learn the process of composing a song from beginning to end. Click here for details.
Composition, Inspiration, and Improvisation: The Birth and Growth of Musical Ideas
Composing is exciting, mysterious, and magical, and deeply human—it gives us an essential and powerful way to describe what it is to be alive in this world. This workshop explores the creative journey—from inspiration to expression—through experimentation with musical materials, improvisation, and construction. Click here for details.
Sampling for Electronic Music
Sampling is the technique of digitally encoding music or sound and reusing it as part of a composition or recording. During this workshop, students will experience the sampling process in three different ways: searching for samples on vinyl records, making music with found sounds, and remixing a currently popular song. Suggested for students in grades 9-12. Click here for details.
This workshop focuses on techniques and tools to help high school students develop their ideas into their own compositions. We’ll start with short melodic and rhythmic figures and explore various ways those motives can expand to create a cohesive composition. Click here for details.
Creating Sampler Instruments in Logic Pro
In this workshop, students will learn to create their own sample instruments using Apple Logic Pro’s powerful Sampler (formerly EXS24) plug-in. Students will learn to identify potentially useful sounds, collect field recordings, process them, and map them into sampler instruments. Students will then learn how to further shape the sound of their instruments using Sampler’s filters and envelopes, and to refine their sounds using other AU plug-ins within Logic. Suggested for students in grades 9-12. Click here for details.
Using Plug-ins to Shape Sounds in Logic Pro
In this workshop, students will explore the use of AU plugins to shape the sounds of virtual instruments and recorded tracks in Apple’s Logic Pro. Students will learn how to instantiate and use EQ, Compression, Delay, Reverb, Modulation effects, and much more. Bussing techniques as well as techniques for managing CPU resources will be discussed. Suggested for students in grades 9-12. Click here for details.
In this workshop, students will learn the basics of subtractive synthesis. Students will learn how oscillators create raw sounds, and how those sounds are further processed by filters and amplifiers to create the electronic sounds prevalent in today’s music. Emphasis will be placed on learning the theory of how synthesizers work rather than how to re-create certain sounds. Suggested for students in grades 9-12. Click here for details.
Working With Audio in Logic Pro
In this workshop, students will learn how to record and manipulate audio within Logic Pro. Students will learn the management of audio files, techniques for aligning, slicing, fading. Techniques for combining multiple performances into a single take (comping), automation, and the use of basic plug-ins will be discussed. Suggested for students in grades 9-12. Click here for details.
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Questions about classroom workshops? Contact Victoria Donahue at 608-850-1022.