This week the 4th and 5th grade students started their composing unit with a bang! We used the class sets of iPads to utilize a free app called Looptastic. A "loop" is a short section of music that is repeated- just like the ostinatos we have learned about in class!
Here is a screenshot of what the app looks like:
Students experimented on their iPads to compose a piece they were happy with, then we all shared! It was really fun to hear the different ways each student used the app- no two compositions were the same!
We will be continuing the composing unit through the spring, using traditional means (pen and paper), as well as via a music notation program in the computer lab. We are looking forward to sharing the student's songs on the blog as we near the end of the school year!