Balcombe Grammar School

I believe that the achievements made at my recent replacement full time Head of Music Position at Balcombe Grammar School will give valuable insight into my capacities and skillset that I will bring to any new school setting.

BALCOMBE GRAMMAR SCHOOL REPLACEMENT FULL TIME HEAD OF MUSIC ROLE 15/1/21 – 1/4/21

Duties:

  1. Conduct music classes for Years 7-8 Music and Media (4 week mini course rotations), Year 9 Mini Production, VCE Music,
  2. Generate engaging programs for students,
  3. Preparing online reporting assessments using the school LMS (Schoolbox), and generate quality formative and summative assessments,
  4. Managing the Instrumental teaching staff and holding meetings where appropriate,
  5. Receive incoming parental enquires, enrolments and concerns from the parental body, and resolve issues where appropriate,
  6. Developing a new vision for the music ensemble program for the school after it was ravaged by the Covid19 lockdowns of last year,
  7. Recruit new students for Instrumental/vocal lessons from the school cohort,
  8. Rehearse, prepare and present student performances for school assemblies,
  9. Accompany performances where appropriate,
  10. Teach my own list of Brass Students on a weekly basis,
  11. Update student enrolments on the Music lesson database (music monitor) and generate staff pays and parent invoices in liaison with the school office,
  12. Undertake a year 11 tutor (pastoral) group
  13. Undertake 2 lunchtime yard duties per week,
  14. Lead students weekly on community programs (Thursday afternoons) – Active Community Program.
  15. Report to the Head of Performing Arts on a regular basis throughout the term.

Key Achievements:

  1. Conducted engaging lessons in classroom music at all secondary levels without a single behavioural incident,
  2. Developed curricula that was as effective onsite as on an online format (did not need modification during the snap 3 day lockdown in February 2021),
  3. Completed all reporting outcomes on time,
  4. Supervised sound and lighting students in a highly successful mini school production in March,
  5. Recruited new students to the point where enrolments had successfully reach pre Covid19 levels,
  6. Generated weekly rolls from Music Monitor for Instrumental teachers and successfully resolved a discrepancy in pay generated by a ‘glitch’ in the program,
  7. Presented highly engaging student performances to the school community and accompanied same on piano where appropriate,
  8. Prepared a vision statement addressing the need for a post Covid ‘culture shift’ enabling ensembles to thrive and be more resilient for the future, to be actioned in term 2 after the Head of Music returns from Long Service Leave,
  9. Maintained harmonious relationships with staff, student and parent bodies,
  10. Maintained 100% punctual attendance for work.

Sample Curriculum – Year 7-8 Music and Media mini course – completed in a 3 week rotation.

Key Features:

  1. Students created their own music using a DAW – Digital Audio Workstation – either on Garageband (ipad) or Bandlab (PC and Mac),
  2. Completely digital delivery, including youtube links and support files. The course was not modified during the 3 day lockdown in February 2021,
  3. Extensive use of Formative and summative assessment tools using the Victorian Curriculum Framework.
  4. Extensive use of Differentiation enabling all student to complete the course successfully, but also for competent musicians to utilize their abilities to access advanced features of the DAW, including recording of their own instruments/voices into their compositions.

Three Week Course outline:

WEEK 1:

Signing up to Bandlab/Garageband – Introduction.

  1. Using Loops in Garageband and Bandlab

Tutorial Link:

FOR BANDLAB (PC’s and MACs)

BandLab Tutorial: Using Loops part 1 – YouTube

BandLab Tutorial: Using Loops part 2 – YouTube

FOR IPADS:

Introduction to loops (also use the suggested videos on the link:

How to make a song using loops in GarageBand iOS (iPhone/iPad) – YouTube

when you have done that, try altering some loops using this tutorial:

GarageBand for iPad Transforming the 12 Bar Blues – YouTube

2. Editing Loops in Garageband and Bandlab

Editing Loops in Garageband and Bandlab

Garageband tutorial:

How to edit Apple Loops in GarageBand iOS (iPhone/iPad) – YouTube​​​​​​

Bandlab tutorial:

HOW TO: Edit loops in BandLab (Lesson 4) – YouTube

HOW TO: Start using basic controls in BandLab (Lesson 2) – YouTube

HOW TO: Use the drum machine in BandLab (Lesson 5) – YouTube

HOW TO: Use FX in BandLab (Lesson 6) – YouTube

HOW TO: Use automation in BandLab (Lesson 7) – YouTube

Extension: Recording a live instrument or voice onto your soundtrack

How To Record A Vocal or Instrument In BandLab & BandLab For Education – YouTube

Record with NO GEAR in GarageBand iOS – Guitar/Vocals Using Internal Mic (iPhone/iPad) – YouTube

Create your own edited loop library to use in your assignments.  Try to create at least 10 loops to use for your work.

WEEK 2:

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT:

Create your own ‘Bell time’ (music to be played over the speakers while students walk to class at the end of recess and lunch) 2 minute composition using Bandlab or Garageband.  You must use existing loops plus your own edited loops for this assessment

Creating music for certain moods (preparation for Summative Assessment)

Creating suspense INTENSE music in  Garageband ipad and Bandlab

How to create spooky music in Garageband for iPad – YouTube

BandLab – How To Create Scary Halloween Music – WARNING! – YouTube

Creating a LoFi Beat on Garageband and Bandlab

BANDLAB Tutorial | How to make a LOFI beat – YouTube

How to make Deep House in Garageband (iPad & iPhone) – YouTube

Creating an Epic Orchestral Soundtrack on Garageband and Bandlab

Cinematic Trailer Music Tutorial (GarageBand iPad Edition) – YouTube

how to create epic movie soundtracks on bandlab – YouTube

How to make sad (Mellow) music on Garageband and Bandlab

How To Make An Emotional & Deep Sounding Melody [GarageBand iOS] – YouTube

BandLab Tutorial: Creating Your Own Melodies part 1 – YouTube

WEEK 3:

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – CREATING A SOUNDTRACK TO A VIDEO

2.  Watch this video: BandLab – Create Amazing Soundscapes & Film Music – Part 1 – YouTube

3. Choose the video clip you want to use for your major assignment.  See templates in resources.

4. Write timing points for your video which will be used to shape your soundtrack.

5. Compose your soundtrack using Bandlab or Garageband

6. Use the extra loop packs provided in the resources

7. Edit your loops and use effects and envelopes to get a great soundtrack.

8. Playing your own live loop using a digital or live instrument of your choice

9. Download the finished soundtrack and put with your chosen video on #1 Free Online Movie Maker (kizoa.com) or your own app.

10. Export the finished movie and soundtrack for marking.

Keep a detailed Journal of the steps you have taken to create your video soundtrack.

Enjoy!

Timing points for Halo Video

Video game Halo trailer bandlab Timings

00:00:00​ Hole Dripping Water

00:00:05​ Dark Mountain

00:00:06​ Sunlight Flash

00:00:09​ Deer Drinking

00:00:12​ Deer Startled

00:00:13​ Trees – Firelight

00:00:17​ Ancient Writing

00:00:21​ Desert Vehicle

00:00:25​ Walkie Talkie – Tent – Shadow

00:00:30​ Rocks – River – Jungle

00:00:35​ Beast

00:00:37​ Blue Mountain

00:00:38​ Sky Flash

00:00:39​ Beasts Grazing

00:00:41​ Beast Stampede

00:00:46​ Shadows

00:00:50​ Camp

00:00:52​ Crashed Plane

00:00:56​ Sea Creature

00:00:59​ End

MARKING GUIDE:

By the end of Level 8, students manipulate the elements of music and stylistic conventions to improvise, compose and perform music. They use evidence from listening and analysis to interpret, rehearse and perform songs and instrumental pieces in unison and in parts, demonstrating technical and expressive skills. They use music terminology and symbols to recognise, describe and notate selected features of music.

Students identify and analyse how the elements of music are used in different styles and apply this knowledge in their performances and compositions. They evaluate musical choices they and others have made to communicate ideas and intentions as performers and composers of music from different cultures, times and locations.

Explore and Express ideas:   Experiment with elements of music, in isolation and in combination, using listening skills, voice, instruments and technologies to find ways to create and manipulate effects (VCAMUE033)Not ShownVery Limited insight to the experimentation and decision making process.Limited insight into decision making re: appropriate video showing a variety of moods and appropriate musical loops for use in the compositional process.Satisfactory organisation of decision making re: appropriate video showing a variety of moods and appropriate musical loops for use in the compositional process.High organisation of decision making re: appropriate video showing a variety of moods and appropriate musical loops for use in the compositional process.Sophisticated selection process of appropriate video showing a variety of moods.  The mood(s) of Music that are to be used are discussed and decided upon selected using the Mood Wheel. Appropraite loops are selected for the compisitional process. 
Music Practises:Structure compositions by combining and manipulating the elements of music and using notation (VCAMUM036)Not ShownVery Limited use of Bandlab and Garageband to select appropriate musical loops,  editing and adapting to enhance the compositional process.Limited use of Bandlab and Garageband to select appropriate musical loops,  editing and adapting to enhance the compositional process.Satisfactory use of Bandlab and Garageband to select appropriate musical loops,  edit and adapt loops, add effects to enhance the compositional process.High use of Bandlab and Garageband to select appropriate musical loops,  edit and adapt loops, add effects and own effects/live tracks to enhance the compositional process.Sophisticated use of Bandlab and Garageband to select appropriate musical loops,  edit and adapt loops, add effects and own effects/live tracks to enhance the compositional process.
Present and Perform: Rehearse and modify the performance track to include elements of syncing, snapping, dynamic envelope, fade ins and outs and different effects using different settings and contexts,using a range of music already composed, using techniques and expression appropriate to style (VCAMUP037) Not ShownVery limited demonstration of the general features of Garageband and Bandlab to create an effective video/sound clip.Limited demonstartion of the general features of Garageband and Bandlab to create an effective video/sound clip.Satisfactory demonstration of the general features of Garageband and Bandlab to create a cohesive video/sound clip.High knowledge of the advanced features of Garageband and Bandlab to create a polished final video/sound clip of high quality and impact.Sophisticated knowledge of the advanced features of Garageband and Bandlab to create an exceptionally polished final result that syncs and snaps to the video clip in a highly effective manner, producing a final video/sound clip of exceptional quality and impact.
Respond and InterpretAnalyse the use of the elements of music and stylistic features when listening to and interpreting music (VCAMUR038)Not ShownVery limited use of journalling in this task.  Reflections and self assessment lack any substance.Limited use of journalling in this task. Reflections and self assessment reveal a very basic working knowledge iinto the scope and sequence of this task.Satisfactory journal describing how the elements music are manipulated and used.  Reflections and self assessment reveal a working knowledge iinto the scope and sequence of this task.Highly detailed  journal describing how the elements music are manipulated and used to create music of high impact and stylistic beauty. Reflections and self assessment reveal a developed understanding iinto the scope and sequence of this task.Sophisticated and highly detailed journalling describing how the elements music are manipulated and used to create music of high impact and stylistic beauty.  Reflections and self assessment reveal an outstanding insight into the scope of this task and how to achieve an outstanding product.

Samples of Student Work

‘Bell time Music’

  1. Cleo, Year 8

2. Oscar, Year 8

3. Zac, Year 7 (in video mode showing the DAW interface)

‘Major Summative Assessment – Composition of a video Soundtrack’

  1. Oscar, Year 8

2. Taj, Year 7

3. Cleo, Year 8

4. Lilly, Year 8 (Using all the moods presented in the course)

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