Beepbox is a simple online sequencing website that allows you to create chiptune video game compositions. It’s easy to use but has a number of options which let you explore melody, composing with multiple parts and musical form. You can save your compositions and export them a number of formats.
In the video below, I walk through some tips and tricks for using Beepbox.
Update March 2020
There have been a few minor updates to Beepbox since I made the teacher and lesson videos. I run through the main changes in this video:
Lesson – Compose a Mario-style video game theme
About this Lesson
In this lesson, students will compose their own video game music using Beepbox. This is an easy activity in which students will compose a melody based on the pentatonic scale.
Which age students?
This is an adaptable lesson which suits students in years 3-8.
Free Website Used in this Lesson
This video by the 8 Bit Guy provides some great background information on the way early video game music was produced:
- Download the free Beepbox Teacher Information Sheet
- Download the Music Tech Lesson Plan: Compose your own video game theme
- Download the Mario video clip (sound effects only – no music) if you’d like to combine your student compositions with a Mario video
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