Yesterday my wife took me on a yearly trip to the ballet to see the Nutcracker. It is an historical masterpiece with dancing so fragile as porcelain and music so beautiful it fill your ears with stories to be heard long after the show is over.

One particular scene reminded me of an old music box that got left in some forgotten corner of the attic. When we arrived home, I couldn’t sleep immediately and to get tired I decided to climb up on the attic.

The music box was no where to be found. Luckily the ballet had recreated the memory of it and I decided to design my own using shapes in Keynote and music from GarageBand.

Combining music and graphics creates a whole new experience filled with nostalgia.

Kurt Klynen

The Steps.

Here is my story:

First up is the base. This can be created by adding three rectangles in different shapes.

TIP: To give the base a bit of a wooden, shiny feel I added a gradient to the shapes. You can give it a go for yourself by tapping on the shape, then tapping on the paintbrush and going to the Fill option.

Next up is the figurine that will pop out of the music box and starts dancing. In my example I created a Nutcracker, but you can use any shape you want from the shapes Library.

Before making the magic happen, make sure that you place the figurine outside of the slide underneath the box.

TIP: You might need to add a rectangular shape in the color of the background depending on where you place your base. This is to make sure that no one will see your figure appear.

Next tap on the first slide and choose Transition.

Select Magic Move. When you get asked the question to duplicate your slide, confirm with Yes.

Now go to the second slide and move the figurine to the top of your music box.

Tap Play and behold your music memoir.

Going Further.

After creating this animated music box you can take your creativity even further by recording your own jingles in GarageBand and Live Loops to go with the dancing nutcracker.

If you are inspired to try this yourself, have a look at the resources I used:

Everyone Can Create: Teacher Guide

Apple Teacher: Keynote for iPad Starter Guide

Apple Teacher: GarageBand for iPad Starter Guide


Have fun!