Three 8th grade students from Edgar Middle School's General Music Classes were awarded Gold and Silver Ratings at the Student Music Technology Expo, held on May 18th at Montclair State University.
All three students composed music for a ringtone, which was then orchestrated on Garageband. Olivia Matisse won the Gold rating. The judges commented on her "ambitious use of melody and harmony", scoring a perfect 10 for creativity.
Gregory Noma won a Silver rating. The judges said that he used "sophisticated rhythmic ideas" in the original composition and they had "great fun listening to the final product".
Emily Rehorn won a Silver rating. The judges commented on her imaginative use of simple melodic and rhythmic materials" and said that the final Garageband was "clever" and made "sophisticated use of Garageband features".
The Music Technology Expo was sponsored by TI:ME (Technology for Music Education). 8 Schools participated in the Expo and 35 projects were adjudicated. The ringtone projects were part of the Grade 8 General Music Curriculum focusing on Composition.