Exploring Nature Sounds and Music Composition with GarageBand

Exploring Nature Sounds and Music Composition with GarageBand

Introduction (10 mins)

  • Instruct students on using GarageBand for sound recording.
  • Lead students on a nature walk, prompting them to find a quiet spot and record ambient sounds using the iPad's microphone in GarageBand.
  • Guide students to use GarageBand's microphone features to improve sound quality (adjusting gain, noise reduction, etc.).


 GarageBand Song Creation (30 mins)

  • Smart Instruments: Demonstrate how to use Smart Instruments in GarageBand to create a musical composition from the recorded nature sounds.
  • Experimentation: Encourage students to experiment with layering sounds, applying effects, and altering tempo or pitch to craft an original song.


Keynote and Nature Photo Editing (20 mins)

  • Transition to Keynote: Guide students in importing a nature photo into Keynote from the iPad's photo gallery.
  • Visual Editing: Demonstrate editing tools in Keynote (filters, mark-up, drawing) to set a scene that complements the created music from GarageBand.


Integration & Presentation (20 mins)

  • Linking Projects: Assist students in linking their GarageBand songs to their Keynote presentations.
  • Presentation Practice: Instruct on presenting their integrated projects, emphasizing the connection between the music and visuals.
  • Sharing and Discussion: Encourage students to share insights into their creative process and discuss how their music and visuals complement each other.


Review and Reflection (10 mins)

  • Reflection Time: Prompt students to reflect on the process, asking what worked well and what challenges they faced.
  • Discussion: Lead a discussion about the connections they discovered between the nature sounds, music composition, and edited visuals.


  • Have students reflect on the process: What worked well? What challenges did they face?
  • Discuss the connections between the nature sounds, music composition, and edited visuals.

There is a rubric attached below!


Hope you enjoy :)

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Posted on December 06, 2023

Thank you for sharing this well-structured activity that includes use of multiple apps to produce a multimedia project. Not only do students learn subject matter, they develop technology skills that help them to bring their creative ideas to life through integration of technology.

I love that the framework you have provided here could be focused in many specific areas (bird sounds, animal sounds, tree sounds, etc.). I would love to hear the sounds they could produce using the sampler as well!

What a delight it would be to experience a gallery walk showcasing multiple student multimedia works.

The reflection piece is key and helps students look back on the process and to make those connections between nature sounds, music composition, and edited visuals - as you stated. I’ll be sure to share this activity/resource with teachers seeking creative activities with iPad.

Posted on December 20, 2023

This is fantastic, Belen!

Such a fantastic integration of music, sound, and imagery of the natural world!

Music can be such a powerful way for students to express their learning, voice and environment. And, I’m always a big fan of any activity that helps students to be more confident in how they create, express and understand music!

Amazing work! 👏

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