Materials: 2 iPad and headphones ( One iPad is for following these instructions and the other is for using GarageBand)
Purpose: To develop an understanding of how fractions are applied to music.
Open the GarageBand app on your iPad. Click "My Songs" at the top left if you are already in a project. Click the "+" at the top left of the screen and select "Create New Song." Select "Tracks" at the top middle. Slide left and right, find the drums option, and select "Acoustic Drums." Make sure your volume is up and put on headphones. Click on the wrench symbol at the top right and set the tempo to 80 bmp (beats per minute). Hit the play button at the top middle and you will hear the metronome click. The purpose of the metronome is to assist you with your timing. You will hear one loud tick followed by three softer ticks. Each tick from the group of four represents a quarter 1/4 note. So four ticks together makes one 1 whole note. Now get comfortable with each goal and show Mr. H that you can do what the goal asks before moving on to the next. Click the question mark at the top right to see all the parts of the drum kit. In this activity, you will be using the Bass Drum, Snare Drum, and Closed Hi-Hat.
Goal 1: Tap with your right finger the bass drum at the bottom of the drum kit for every tick. Get the tick and bass beat to sync. Now try the same thing with the snare drum at the bottom left of the kit. Now try the same thing with the high hat at the middle left using your left finger. Note: Hit the gold high hat at the edge.
Goal 2: So far you have been working with quarter 1/4 notes. Now you will work with eighth 1/8 notes. This may be a little tricky at first. For every tick tap with your right finger the bass drum and tap the bass drum once between every tick. Each tap should be evenly spaced. Now try the same thing with the snare drum. Now try the same thing with the gold high hat using your left finger.
Goal 3: Let's go back to quarter 1/4 notes now. On the first loud tick hit the bass drum. On the second and fourth tick, hit the snare drum.
Goal 4: With your left finger tap eighth 1/8 notes on the gold high hat. With the right finger, tap the bass drum on the first beat (tick) and the snare drum on the second and fourth beat. You are now playing the drums. You know how to play one of the most basic drum beats using three parts of a drum kit.
Now you can compose your own song. Press the red circle at the top middle to record the drum beat you mastered in goal 4. You can tap on the track and delete it if your timing was off and try again. Ask Mr. H for help to establish a drum loop. After you have established a solid drum beat foundation you can explore the use of other instruments. Try the piano or guitar to start. Have fun!