Creating a Soundtrack for a Cartoon

Creating a Soundtrack for a Cartoon

Jonathan Kurtz
jonathan_kurtz@hotmail.com
Urbana Middle School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Music Production
Multimedia

Level:

Middle School

Class:

General Music

Equipment:

Garage Band, 30 second movie/cartoon clip

Duration:

30-45 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Basic knowledge of Garage Band

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 2: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
MENC 4: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
MENC 7: Evaluating music and music performances.
MENC 8: Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
MENC 9: Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture

Materials:

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

Objectives:

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.

Procedures:

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.

Evaluation:

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:

Now

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