Friday, March 3

Class Starter:


Class Activity: Garage Band Demonstrationgarage_band-main_1

*Use the remainder of class time to work on your Garageband Assignment.  Remember to export your project as an mp3 file and put the final mp3 in your Google drive folder.



Wednesday, March 1

Class Starter:  Watch as I present a Google Slides Project. 

Class Activity:

Garage Band Assignment  (100 points) Due 3/9   
Work in teams to create a project in Garage Band. You will make a multiple track project that includes music loops in the application and music or voice recordings that you make. Even though you are working in teams, each individual student is required to do the following:

1- Work in a team to create a multi track recording using the Garage Band Application.

2-Export the final project as an mp3 and put a copy in your Google Drive Assignment Folder.

Friday, November 11

Class Starter: Spruce up your Blog

When someone goes to your blog to read “Site Title” or “My First Blog Post” at the top of the page, well, it looks like you don’t know what you’re doing or that you don’t care. Today’s challenge is to go to your WordPress Blog & actually customize your site.  

Go to Theme > Customize and make a change in every tab:

To change your site icon, go to Settings.

If you want to have a little fun with your site icon, you might like 8biticon

Mrs. Bury – Recognize the Smirk?


Class Activity:
Work on your Garage Band-1 Assignment. Due next class!

Wednesday, November 9

Class Starter …Life’s Unseen Patterns

Check out this recording from NPR’s program called Hidden Brain, where researchers test the effects of background music on people.

Hidden Brain


Class Activities:

#1 – Go check your grades on Skyward & try not to PANIC!
If you need to complete an assignment, you still can!  images

#2 -Garage Band–1 Assignment  (100 points) Due 11/15    
Work in teams to create a project in Garage Band. You will make a multiple track project that includes voice recording and background music. Even though you are working in teams, each individual student is required to follow all of the instructions on the GARAGEBAND-1 Assignment. <<download
This assignment is complete after you have :
-made a Garageband multi track project
-hosted it online
-written a blog post that includes a media player for your project
-handed in the Garageband-1 handout to the teacher
Helpful hint:
This assignment is almost the same as the Podcast Assignments.
So make sure you got those right before you finish this one!

Monday, November 7

Dare to Put it Out There!

Class Starter:  “Bolivia” – the most recent episode of the class podcast

I thought it only fair that your teacher should have to record and produce a podcast episode, too.  I am not a voice actor and it shows in this episode, so don’t judge!  This project proved how simple it is to get content online, but doing it for the first time is rather nerve wracking and a bit embarrassing, too.

This project required the following:

  • write an outline of what to say
  • gather photo assets. In this case, I used my own
  • gather music mp3s from and copy attribution info for each song
  • Using Garage Band on my iPad, I recorded my voice and added extra tracks for background music
  • When the project was complete, I hit the share button to email the file to myself so that I could download it to my computer
  • upload mp3 files to my host
  • find the mp3 file on my library and copy the URL for that file
  • write a blog post on my WordPress Blog to tell more about my podcast episode. I included photography and the URL for the recording.  I included attribution for the music included.
  • I added the episode to RSS Feed for the DBA Podcast by adding the appropriate “tag” to the blog post

Class Activity:  Make Podcast Teams!  

Your team will work together to produce a multiple track recording using Garage Band on the iPads.  Follow the steps that I shared in this post. You will have a few class periods to get this done and publish it for a grade.

DBA Class Podcast-Special Episode “Bolivia”

It’s one thing to talk about how a publishing a podcast, but it’s quite another to create an episode worth listening to.  Since I’m your teacher, I thought it was only fair that I  should have to make one myself . I used the Garage Band App on and iPad to record my voice and and add background music. us-oruro

This episode is based on a trip to Bolivia that I took in 2003.  My husband and I went to LaPaz and some surrounding cities as representatives of the Utah Bolivia Partners.  The purpose of the trip was to have an educational and culture exchange with schools in Bolivia in the form of music.  We performed American bluegrass and old-time folk to a bunch of different kinds of schools and music academies. They loved our music, but not nearly as much as we were fascinated by theirs.  The rhythms and melodies of Andean music is fantastic!

old-newThe people of Bolivia made a real impression on us.  We saw a way of life similar to ours, with a few very stark differences.  The culture is much older than ours, and in many ways the modern conveniences such as clean water and safe electricity and plumbing are fairly inconsistent. We saw the old and the new side by side everywhere we went.  It was not uncommon to see a woman in traditional indigenous clothing along side her husband wearing modern attire.

We met a wide variety of Bolivian people.  Some working professionals, some educators and many that still identify very much with their indigenous culture, language and customs.

The cities we visited were not tourist destinations, so we stood out as very white in every crowd.  To me that was one of the most lasting impressions that it left me.  To be different has got it’s own set of challenges. Especially if you can’t speak the language.

The Catholic Orphanage for girls in Oruro, Bolivia. There were many hands touching my hair and skin as if to see if I felt different. I was the object of their curiosity.

carneval-practiceThe music and culture of Bolivia is very old and rich with complex rhythms and melodies. We enjoyed many impromptu performances and shared in a few.
Listen to my story…

Music included in this episode:
“Back on Track”  &  “Lagoa” by Kevin MacLeod ( under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Photography by Amy Bury