Long term project: Write a song of any genre with the goal of editing until you would consider putting it in the student showcase. You'll have time in class to work on this, but also make sure you are spending some time thinking about it after class.
Beat: the pulse of the music.
Most common time signatures are 4/4, 3/4, 6/8, and 12/8. Those time signatures with 4 as the bottom number usually divide the beat in multiples of 2. Those with 8 as the bottom number often divide into multiples of 3.
Here's a video about beat:
Reminder that final projects are due by Monday, July 1st!
Walk the beat!
As you are walking around campus, walk the beat and write songs as you go!
Some examples of ballads:
Send me examples of your own!
Some examples of rap:
Lose Yourself by Eminem
Plug Tunin by De La Soul