Using Imagine Logo for Composition
Carolyn Lewis, from the West
Berkshire Advisory team at West Berkshire, has been exploring
the music facility within Imagine Logo. Using Imagine Logo,
Carolyn has been exploring beat and rhythm with her pupils,
experimenting with timing, rounds and different "voice"
effects. Suddenly, this potentially mundane area has become
hugely dynamic and a great deal of fun!
Carolyn's worksheets are
now available to teachers wishing to use Imagine Logo in their
Music lessons. Carolyn has structured a group activity exercise
and the necessary resources are included.
Of course, from here, teachers
and pupils may want to build on what they have composed. Carolyn
begins to look at "mood" in her lesson. Why not extend this
and bring in an appropriate background (or draw one from scratch)?
How about changing the shape of the music buttons in to something
relevant to your scene? Perhaps you can bring in a video clip
to play while your composition is playing? With Imagine Logo,
whatever you do.is just the start.
in Music Lesson
Open the main screen for Imagine
Go to the multimedia button, and choose melody.
Click on the 'page' to set
the button and bring up the keyboard.
the single beat symbol, and the single rest
write the lines of your rhythm onto the stave.
NB: Symbols can be dragged
from the "note box" onto the stave.
A right click on a symbol allows you to drop it back into
the "note box" (then use left click to drop it), if it is
Use the slider to choose
a suitable timing between 60 and 100.
Play your piece to check it
and alter timing if needed.
Click on OK and the button on the page, will now play your
The default voice in Imagine
Logo is the piano.
To change this, right click on the button, and choose edit
This should bring up the keyboard again.
Now use the drop down menu to choose 47 Timpani.
Play your piece again, and
click on OK.
Now repeat the whole process
to make a second button with the second rhythm melody.
This time choose 108 Kalimba as the voice.
It is important that this button has the melody set at
the same speed as the first button.
When you have done that, you
now have the chance to try the 2 rhythms together.
Click the first button and count 4 beats. On the 4th beat
click the second button.
(You may have to practise this a bit as there is a slight
delay after the click).
When you get it right, your 2 rhythm should play as one!!
NB: Don't worry if you don't
quite get it synchronised (in time), the effects can be really
The next stage is to keep the rhythm the same, but to alter
notes on the stave to different positions.
Does this change the mood of the music?
here to download an activity sheet to use with this project
(in Word format)