Teacher Review For GarageBand

A useful and productive creative tool, with limits only apparent to professional musicians.

Jean-Jacques T.
Classroom teacher
Mount Si High School
Snoqualmie, WA
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My Grades 9
My Subjects Science
My Rating 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Individual
Practice
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
The use of this app is only limited by the imagination of the teacher and student. My students use GarageBand to create songs that demonstrate their scientific knowledge, and the results are consistently excellent, pushing them to think about sometimes "boring" subjects in a new and interesting light.
My Take
A truly intuitive app from Apple, GarageBand for the iPad appears to be the leader in tablet-based music production applications at this time. Students with little to no prior knowledge of music production are able to get a song up an running in very little time, and students with a more formal background in music will be able to explore the app with ease. Although limits are obvious to this formerly professional musician (the iPad's built-in microphone is not of the highest quality, and the post-production options leave something to be desired), this app proves to be a reliable and easy-to-use way to show knowledge in a creative, non-traditional way.