Sycamore class have had a great introduction to Music Technology this term and have impressed us all with how quickly they have extended their musical skills using Garage Band. The children began the term by learning to record and edit a simple sampler before adding smart drums and a bass line. They were able to explore and change different sounds and make their own choices for their compositions. The children quickly realised the importance of keeping a consistent beat to ensure all of their recordings were in time with each other so they began to use an electronic metronome to support with this. We have looked at tempo and dynamics this term and the children now know how to maintain a balance between instruments and vocal recordings to produce a successful composition. Year 6 have also learned about the history of Rap music this term and listened to different recordings from different rap artists. We discussed the main structure of rap and the use of rhyming couplets. Their task was then to compose their own rap with a rhythmic live loop backing to accompany. Sycamore class learned how to create, organise and manipulate different live loop cells to a given beat to accompany their lyrics. The children also chose to extend their compositions by adding different effects such as mixing and fading in/out to improve their rap. Year 6 organised and arranged their ideas successfully to engage their audience and performed these to their peers.