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This year, I was a co-judge with Dr. Gao for 5 presentations featuring music and composing. The students ranged from 5th- 8th grade and all used Garage Band as their software of choice. Personally, I have never used Garage Band, but it appears to be standard software on Macs. Several students’ projects focused on getting them familiar with different instrumental sounds and how they are placed together in a song. Students were encouraged to use metronome settings to keep a consistent beat to their creations. Several older students created original instrumental pieces and one duo created their own song!
Allowing students to experience this type of creativity in the classroom gets them more involved in their lessons. Students can steer their own projects to learn what they want to without sacrificing essential curriculum. I had a great experience as a judge and am glad to see what teachers are offering for their students in the classroom.