Improvisation with digital instruments and use of Soundtrap

Phase 1. Introducing the Soundtrap and digital instruments

The teacher should open the Soundtrap site with his already existing account. There he demonstrates to the students how to record and what can be done with Soundtrap: recording through a microphone, making a rhythmic pattern, piano roll, digital instruments, cutting the recording/editing, etc. Students then log in to their profiles and try out different options briefly.

The teacher uses digital instruments or a microphone to record the background from the last lesson in the Soundtrap or a new one depending on the theme of the lesson and shows the students options with digital instruments (colors, percussion, piano) and shows them where the notes would match the keyboard the background is in the appropriate key, or In the case of percussion which button is which element).

 Phase 2. Playing over the musical background (base)

Each student chooses the instrument/color of the instrument they want and tries to improvise over the background. The teacher should not be burdened by the fact that the students play perfectly in the key, but only by acting as technical support and answering the students' questions as to how many they have. He can show something from time to time, but the essence is that the children are instructed and try to achieve something independently in the program.

The teacher in the program limits the duration of the background. One by one, the students use the color/instrument of their choice to record their improvisation over it. The teacher can give suggestions and some instructions, but we must not "compose" improvisation instead of the child.



Phase 3. Selection and use of the recorded material

The teacher listens to all the improvisations with the students. Students choose the part from their improvisation that they like the most and that they can fit into the background.

Children use the Soundtrap to try to cut and isolate the parts they like from their improvisations and to fit them to the background. They can copy them and make a loop if they succeed, or they can just practice that part with a digital instrument and record it again. In the end, all the parts are listened to individually against the background and all together.

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