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Jessika Richter
Jessika Richter
(Lund - Sweden)

The short and sweet: I have been a passionate teacher since 2001.  I first worked with the National Park Service in Washington (state), then moved to Australia where I completed my DipEd at the University of Melbourne and then taught at Hailebury  ...

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Opera Argument


A fun way for younger grades to explore Opera music - create a fun and silly Opera argument!

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Mix n' Match Tenor Sax

Mix n' Match Tenor Sax

A unit on Arrangement in two parts, using Apple's GarageBand and the Internet

Lesson plan © M.J. Etherington 2007


  • Middle School/High School


  • The students will arrange segments of a tenor saxophone solo to create one continuous solo in GarageBand.
  • The students will create four varied arrangements to accompany the tenor saxophone by choosing appropriate loops in GarageBand
  • The students and teacher will appraise their arrangements in relation to given genres.

Prior Knowledge:

  • Students should know how to find, audition, and select loops in GarageBand.


  • Website: The Freesound Project (http://freesound.iua.upf.edu)
  • Apple GarageBand (free on new Macs) or a version of ACID (PC)
  • Broadband internet connection and web browser


MENC Standards Addressed:

  • MENC 2: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
  • MENC 3: Improvising melodies, harmonies, and accompaniments.
  • MENC 4: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
  • MENC 5: Reading and notating music.
  • MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
  • MENC 7: Evaluating music and music performances.
  • MENC 9: Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture


Teacher preparation: Download the sample pack Tenor Sax D major 110bpm by simondsouza from The Freesound Project website: http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/packsViewSingle.php?id=84 

  • Part 1 (15-20 mins): Students will drag the samples into the GarageBand window and then arrange them onto one track in a preferred order.

  • Part 2 (40-60 mins): Create backing tracks from loops that transform the feel of the arrangement. Leave the Tenor Sax part alone and only use instrumental loops to effect this change. Students should produce four separate arrangements in the following styles:
    1. Jazzy/Laid Back
    2. Heavy Rock
    3. Percussion only
    4. Abstract


  • The students will appraise their own and each others work in relation to given musical genres.
  • The teacher will provide formative assessment during the class so that the student can edit their work.
  • The teacher can assess the finished recordings at a later time.

Extension Activity:

A similar project using the Mastertrack to adjust the pitch would be a more advanced activity. In this way, the students can approximate chord changes within the arrangement.

Starlight Starbright - Compose Your Own Melody

Use this simple seasonal tune as an introduction to pentatonic improvisation and composition.

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The Music of Wild Birds


A cross-curricular unit on birdsong that focuses on melody structure, improvisation, and sound recording.

Featured in the resource book "Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom"- More resources available at www.music4education.com.

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3 Little Birds (Reggae)


A single-sheet performance guide for students learning 'Three Little Birds' by Bob Marley. Supporting materials provided.

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Writing the Blues

A worksheet focused on writing Blues lyrics (AAB structure). A way to explore the genre if you don't have instruments or other possibilities.

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Exploring Rounds and Canons


Some examples and worksheets which should help to guide students through the process of understanding rounds and being able to write their own.

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