Last week in 'Technology in Music Education' class, we focused on multi-tracking various sounds using the program garageBand. To complete this task we were split into groups of 3-4 and were asked to choose a song or melody and create loops to then overlay on top of one another to create a fun piece of music.
My group decided on the well-known song 'The Lion Sleeps tonight', where one person sang the chorus, two sang separate countermelodies, and the remaining person sang an A Capella rhythmic accompaniment. It took us a total of 15 minutes to record and edit this project, keeping in mind that it would take an average high school group about a full lesson.
This project required for us to use an audio interface to plug an XLR Dynamic microphone into an Apple Mac. Using a Dynamic Mic would be highly beneficial in a classroom setting, as noise levels can run high amidst large groups of people, let alone high school students, so having a less sensitive microphone would limit background noise in recordings. Not to mention, practically, it is more durable than most microphones available and can handle a few accidental drops and scratches.
This activity was highly engaging as a learner and I would definitely recommend working on multi-tracking with children in schools as it teaches many new musical skills, possibly sparking an interest in sound engineering or music production in the future.
To listen to our short creation click on the link below!