Record with MIDI

Learning Target OR Standards & Connections
  • NCAS Creating – Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
  • NCAS Performing (Extension Activity) –  Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.

  • NCAS Responding – Organize and develop artistic ideas and work
  • NCAS Connecting (Extension Activity) – Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art. 
Essential Outcome(s) Level(s)
Students will…

  • demonstrate the ability to record MIDI by using virtual software instruments.
Middle & High School
  1. Open a blank template in the Soundtrap studio.
  2. Click on the loop browser in the top-right. Click on the down arrow to open the loop filters. Choose the drum filter.
  3. Click on a loop once to hear it. Select a drum loop and drag it into your project.
  4. Create a new track and choose any of the software instruments (Guitar & Bass, Piano & Keyboards, Drum Kits, Synthesizer, Strings, or Brass & Woodwinds).
  5. Choose a preset and press the keys on your computer keyboard that correspond to the notes on the instrument. Experiment until you find a sound you like that works with the drums you already added.
  6. Press the record button and record yourself playing the virtual software instrument.
  7. Save and download your work.
Extended Learning
  1. Inspired and influenced by personal experiences, students identify additional song traits, the feeling & genre.
  2. Based on that, the project contains at least 4 ADDITIONAL tracks other than “loop”
  3. Students will share composition with the class and/or online community. 


Lesson Plan Submitted by Josh Emanuel. Josh teaches general music and music technology in Nanuet, NY. He is also a percussionist, composer, clinician, and researcher working on his PhD in Music Education at NYU. You can see some of his work at  or on Twitter @joshemanuel.

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