production through performance

music technology curriculum


3.1 lesson plan // bass line rhythm


Students will be able to write, perform, and record a one note bass line that demonstrates one of the relationships between the bass and the kick.


Bass Line Rhythm →
Practice strategies →


3.1 Project Rubric →


  1. Listen to student and teacher selected music and identify the relationship type between the bass and kick.

  2. Write a drum groove together as a class.

  3. Split the class into three groups and have each group write a bass line that represents one of the three relationships.

  4. Have each group present their bass lines.


  1. Write a one measure drum groove using either eighth or sixteenth note subdivision.

  2. Create three bass lines representing the different relationships between the bass and kick.

  3. Record four measures of the drum groove using Soundtrap at a student selected tempo.

  4. Create a guitar/bass track and choose the clean bass patch.

  5. Choose one bass relationship and record four measures of that bass line using the note C.

  6. Quantize and trim the performances.


  • Limit the subdivision level to eighth note.

  • Have the student only complete relationship #1 on the organizer.


  • Play drum beat with one hand.

  • Have students quantize the track in front of the teacher.

  • Change the subdivision level to either 16th or 32nd note for teacher viewed quantize.