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Music Coding Projects

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Gaming

Music

Technology

Di you know the coding term “loop” is used by both musicians and developers? Within this Music World you can create your own loop.

avatar Submitted By: Samuel Wright

January 23, 2018

Skills

  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Music & Minecraft YouTube Walkthoughs

A series of videos made by myself and future students to get you started on each of my lessons.

Supporting Files

Music Coding Projects


This world has three looped musical projects for you to experiment with and then create your own.

Learning Objectives

  • Experiment with redstone to make musical loops.
  • Create a digital portfolio of your creations and experiments.

Guiding Ideas

  1. How do loops work in Minecraft? Or in Music?
  2. What is a circuit and how can it trigger and/or stop sound?
  3. If music note blocks can sound at the same time what does this create?
  4. How can a loop be made to play 'in time' (such as in 4/4 time)?
  5. How can we document what we make or experiment with in Minecraft?

 

Student Activities

Start by watching this 5 short series of YouTube videos on Music & Minecraft: http://bit.ly/MusicandMinecraft

The fourth video connects to this Music World with its 3 Projects.

1. Looping Project No.1

  • This consists of three independent loops that use a piston to break the circuit and keep the loop running. Can you make all three play in time together?
  • Once it has started, how do you break the loop cycle? and then reset it for another try?
  • What blocks do you notice make drum or piano sounds?

2. Looping Project No.2

  • This is a squared-loop for its kick-snare-kick-snare pattern that most popular songs use. Do you notice how the loop has an even amount of beats for each bar/measure? Why do you think this is?
  • Chords have been added on each corner. It sounds like Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." What chords can you make?
  • A smaller inside pattern has been added to the centre. What melodic ostinato (loop pattern) can you make?

3. Looping Project No.3

  • This is based on a pyramid type of structure. It has three squares on different levels. Can you use your combined knowledge from projects 1 and 2 to improve it?

Performance Expectations

  1. Document each project and your changes using the camera in your inventory (first slot). This will add it to your Portfolio (also in your inventory).
  2. Understand how different block materials produce different sounds when music blocks are placed on/near them.
  3. Understand how redstone circuits power music blocks.
  4. Understand how the concept of a 'loop' requires certain functions and commands placed in a particular order to operate.
  5. Have fun making musical loops, chords and ostinatos!

Skills

  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Music & Minecraft YouTube Walkthoughs

A series of videos made by myself and future students to get you started on each of my lessons.

Supporting Files

Music Coding Projects


This world has three looped musical projects for you to experiment with and then create your own.