Creating a Soundtrack for a Cartoon

Creating a Soundtrack for a Cartoon

Jonathan Kurtz
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Urbana Middle School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Music Production


Middle School


General Music


Garage Band, 30 second movie/cartoon clip


30-45 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Basic knowledge of Garage Band

NAfME standard of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME standard of 1994: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

NAfME 2014: Performing 

NAfME standard of 1994: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

NAfME standard of 1994: Evaluating music and music performances.

NAfME 2014: Responding 

NAfME standard of 1994: Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
NAfME standard of 1994: Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture

NAfME 2014: Connections


Laptop Cart, Garage Band Software, CD’s or I-pods containing music for soundtracks.


Students will understand how movie/cartoon soundtracks are created Students will create a brief soundtrack to a cartoon clip integrating both music and sound effects.


This project should follow the lesson on Movie/Film production.
Review basic principles of production.
Show movie clip in Garage Band to entire class.
Ask for ideas of what sounds are needed within a five second time frame
Have volunteers input the sounds while reviewing the basics of Garage Band.
Explain assignment: Add sound effects and music that enhances the movie/cartoon.
Distribute laptops and have students open the file and get started.


Play each group’s project for the class at the end or during the next session.
Students will be graded using a rubric.

Follow Up:

Record a longer segment Add sound and music to your own video.

Items to Purchase:

Acid for a laptop cart.

When budget should be submitted:


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