A Gill St. Bernard's 5th Grader's hard work has hit all the right notes.
This past week, Lexie Eisenmenger '29 was named the top winner in an Original Song competition run by SoundTrap—an online digital audio workstation where students and musicians alike use loops and other collaborative tools to create songs and podcasts. As part of the competition, Lexie submitted her original song to the “Summer Creative Challenge”, which was open to K-12th grade students. Each submission was required to be an original song that was over one-minute long and built using SoundTrap’s audio loops.
Lexie and her classmates began using SoundTrap last year as part of their 4th grade music curriculum with GSB Music Teacher, Ms. Carney.
“Part of our mission at Gill St. Bernard's is to provide a balanced education,” said Ms. Carney. “In music at the Lower School, we study traditional music topics such as music history, composers, important pieces and perform music vocally and instrumentally. All those things are important and worthwhile, but to provide our students with a truly valuable, well-rounded music experience, we balance those traditional topics with forward-thinking new music and technology.”
“The students love using SoundTrap because it’s easy to learn, yet so powerful in its capabilities. The best part is that they can work on their projects at home or at school seamlessly because it is cloud-based. They have composed original works, remixed other artists' works and even created their own podcasts, I feel so fortunate to teach at a school that values tradition and trail-blazing with equal devotion.”
After SoundTrap announced their winners during an online webinar, Ms. Carney surprised Lexie with the good news during the Middle School Town Meeting with balloons and flowers in her Homeroom.
“I couldn’t believe it when they said my name,” commented Lexie. “It was a really happy moment for me.” Lexie explained that the inspiration for her song, The Surprise Spell, came from an animated series called Kepo and the Age of the Wonderbeasts. Listening to different songs and figuring out what elements would embody the same feelings she felt when watching the show was a fun part of her song-building process.
“When we used Soundtrap in class, it helped me understand how to use it and to make the song,” said Lexie. “It was really cool.”
Please join us in congratulating Lexie on wonderful accomplishment and be sure to listen to her original song using the link below!