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DIY Soundtracks for Storytelling, Video and Podcasting Projects (For Complete Non-Musicians!)

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Wednesday, June 26, 1:00–2:00 pm
Location: 115C

Katie Wardrobe  
You probably know how time-consuming it is to find appropriate music for student multimedia projects. Why not make your own? Discover a simple step-by-step formula that will allow you to create original theme or mood music for movies, podcasts and storytelling projects. No musical experience necessary.

Audience: Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: During the session Soundtrap will be used to demonstrate the techniques but the methods will be adaptable for a range of software programs and apps such as Bandlab, GarageBand on Mac, GarageBand for iOS, Soundation or any other digital audio workstation.

1. Sign up for a free Soundtrap EDU account
2. Please bring headphones to the session!

Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts, Music
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
For Educators:
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Creating your own music for multimedia projects is surprisingly simple once you know a few basic techniques and no, you don’t need to have ANY musical background or experience.
Participants will learn a step-by-step process that can be used by students for:
- creating soundtracks for short films
- making intro and outro music for podcasts and radio shows
- create “mood” music for storytelling activities


We’ll start with a short introduction and discussion about where music might be used to enhance student multimedia projects and the role that music plays in setting a scene or mood. We will examine the functional purpose that music can have and identify the characteristics of a range of styles such as action music, comedy, suspense or spooky music, news themes, love themes and video game music (10 mins).

The main part of the session will involve the hands-on creation of a short music theme or two (40 mins).
Using an online digital audio workstation that works across all devices - such as Bandlab or Soundtrap - and online music creation websites such as Beepbox participants will learn how to:

- access loops in the library
- find loops that match a style or mood
- select loops that will work well together
- add loops to their project and organise them musically
- create a fade in/out
- save and export their work

Attendees will leave with one or two original pieces of music that they created themselves and a “recipe” that they can take back to the classroom to use with their students. A selection of completed example projects will also be played for teachers.

We’ll finish up with questions and a “show and tell” session where teachers can share their creations with one another.

Supporting research
How to Create Spooky Music

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Katie Wardrobe, Midnight Music

I am an Australian music technology trainer, consultant, blogger and podcaster with a passion for helping teachers incorporate technology meaningfully into the curriculum through a range of creative projects. I run hands-on professional development workshops, present at conferences and events, and deliver training via my online professional development community. While my main focus is working with music teachers, I also train non-music educators in creative sound and audio-related projects that can be adapted to any subject area.

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