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Creating Podcasts with 


How to Build a Podcast
Structure of a Podcast

Download GarageBand onto your MacBook

GarageBand is an Apple program that can be downloaded from the Self-Service application on your MacBook. 


Start a New Project

  1. Open GarageBand and select Empty Project to start your podcast.  Allow GarageBand to access the microphone if prompted.

  2. A second box will open and ask you to choose a track type.  Choose the microphone under the Audio tab.

  3. Decide what type of microphone to use:
    a. If you will be connecting an external microphone to record audio, change the default setting in the Input dropdown (the microphone must be plugged in). 
    b. If you use the MacBook's built-in microphone to record audio, just click Create to start the project.


Prepare for Recording

  • Turn off the metronome.               Purple means it is on.

  • Turn off the count-in (if desired).

  • Check the sound levels. When you speak, the volume measurement should be green and stretch at least halfway across the bar.

  • Reduce background noise. Record in the quietest space possible!


Create a Recording

  1. Click the Record button and start speaking once the line moves horizontally across the screen.

  2. Click the Stop button when you have finished recording.

  3. To listen to the recording, return the play head to the beginning of the track and select Play.

  4. To create a second recording, select the Add New Track + sign and choose the microphone again.


Pose an overarching question

Back up the claim with evidence

Include interviews

Use transitions between segments
End with a connection to the world

Check the Project Rubric for more specific instructions!

Editing the Podcast
Copyright Friendly Resources


Royalty-free music in the following categories: jazz, rock, acoustic/folk, cinematic, pop, electronica, funky/groove, world/others.

Free Music Archive  

"The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet."


Purple Planet  

Free Collection of Royalty Free Music available for download, composed and performed by Geoff Harvey and Chris Martyn. 
Music can be used free of charge for web-based projects e.g. YouTube (see 'Using Our Music' for more info) in exchange for a link to our site.

Sound Bible  

" offers free sound clips for download in either wav or mp3 format. We offer free and royalty-free sound effects and clips for video editors, movie scores, game designers, and weekend sound warriors."


Classical Cat  

Free classical music catalog.



"Welcome to the Netlabels collection at the Internet Archive. This collection hosts complete, freely downloadable/streamable, often Creative Commons-licensed catalogs of 'virtual record labels'."

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