Classroom GarageBand

GarageBand is such a powerful tool for creating music. I wish when I was in school, that I had access to basically what is a recording studio on a handheld device. Gone are the days of having to hire recording studios or like I did as a student, having to multitrack songs using one cassette recorder to another!

As a teacher of music in an Apple Distinguished School where every student has their own iPad for learning, GarageBand has given access and opportunity to all students to create high quality music, no matter their ability and experience. I feel this is important because without the technology, only the students who have been learning for years and practising every day will be able achieve a qualification. After all, Calvin Harris never had any formal training and is unable to read music, but he is one of the world's most successful music producers and songwriters, thanks to having access to the digital technology like GarageBand.

I wrote my book 'Classroom GarageBand' based on the way I use the app in my lessons. It's not a tutorial on how to use the app but its a guide for educators to take some ideas on how to use GarageBand to create and perform music in class. Some of my favourite ideas from the book are using the touch instruments to create a live band or even using the draw tool to visually create graphic notation. I hope you'll find it useful and please let me know in the comments how you use GarageBand in your classroom.

Here is a link to my book 'Classroom GarageBand', I hope you enjoy reading it and if you would like any more information please get in touch in the comments of this post.

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Posted on January 02, 2023

Thanks, Richard! This looks like a great resource.

Posted on January 18, 2023

Thanks Karen.

Posted on January 11, 2023

Really appreciate your GarageBand classroom ideas. So helpful for teachers who are looking for ways to incorporate music into instruction. I’m looking forward to your Book Talk Richard!

Posted on January 18, 2023


Posted on January 18, 2023

Thanks Cheryl. See you at the book talk.

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