I am fortunate to have 1:1 devices in the fourth and fifth grades at all four of my schools. Each fourth grade student has MadPad installed on their iPads. Since my students and I were so excited about this new app, I wanted to use it in our upcoming music program. Luckily our transportation theme for the program fit perfectly with the Honda Accord set on MadPad! I then decided to create a composition project for my fourth grade students using MadPad.
To begin, I found a wonderful composition worksheet from O for Tuna Orff that she used for Boomwhackers. I created a similar worksheet that could be used for MadPad.
For this activity, you will need a die, pencil, and worksheet. I first partnered up my students for this activity. Students roll the die to determine the rhythm to fit in each beat, or oval. Once all ovals are filled in, the students placed the MadPad number in the square. This number designates the sound clip used for that rhythm (shown below).
After students completed their rhythms and sound clips for their compositions, they then practiced their parts. Due to time restrictions, I had each pair of students pick their favorite line to create a rhythmic ostinato. We then combined pairs of students to create a group of 8 students. The students decided how they wanted to put their parts together. They also decided on a name for their composition, an introduction, and an ending. The collaboration was incredible!
Our next project (in the future) is to create our own MadPad sets using found sounds in our classroom! My students LOVED Madpad! You NEED to try it! Your students will fall in love too!