Sharing your Music Composed in GarageBand

Sharing your music composed in GarageBand

James Moyer
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Lafayette College

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments
Music Production


High School


Music Technology


Any Mac running OSX (10.4) Tiger – iLife’05


40 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Have already composed and arranged music using GarageBand 2.0 Have a small collection of photos store in iPhoto.

NAfME Standard of 1994 Addressed:

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

NAfME 2014: Creating 

NAfME Standard of 1994: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.

NAfME 2014: Responding 


Need computer with iLife 05 installed


1. Complete final mixdown of GB file.
2. Save to iTunes as aiff
3. Be able to translate file to wav, aac or mp3 in iTunes
4. Be able to burn CD of your music in wav or aiff
5. Upload mp3 format to your webpage
6. Create AAC format for iPod transfer
7. Transfer file using iLife to slideshow in iPhoto


1. Using mixer console, create final mixes and pans for your multi track project.
2. Check levels on each track so that they do not peak above (unity) yellow peak.
3. Adjust Master volume so that is does not peak above (unity) at loudest portion.
4. Open iTunes 4.9, open preferences from FILE menu
5. From Importing tab – set file type to aiff
6. Return to GB file Export file to iTunes via FILE menu
7. Close Garage Band
8. Open iTunes and find file in aiff format
9. Burn CD via the BURN button using aiff
10. Create a wav, AAC and mp3 version of this file by repeating steps 4 and 5 and selecting the appropriate file type for importing.
11. Highlight your file in the Library list.
12. Go to ADVANCED menu and click on Convert file for each file type.
13. CD players will recognize both aiff and wav types.
14. Export mp3 version to the desktop for uploading to your webpage.
15. Using DreamWeaver or Fetch, upload this file to your webpage.
16. AAC is best format to export to your iPod (delete all non-AAC versions of your file before syncing to iPod)
17. Open iPhoto and choose an album of photos.
18. Click Play slideshow button and click the Music check box.
19. Choose your file from the iTunes library.
20. Play Slideshow.


Students will be able to complete all tasks and demonstrate their level of competency in class.

Follow Up:

Using same sound file, create a sound track for a small video project in iMovie.

Items to Purchase:

Computers running OSX and iLife ’05. MIDI controllers (keyboards)

When budget should be submitted:

1 year prior to approval

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