Teacher Review for GarageBand

Garageband: An expensive but effective tool for learning about music

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My Subjects Arts
My Rating
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with General
How I Use It
I use it mainly in my private lesson settings. I have students create a beat and any other layers they choose. They can have a melody and then try to play it by ear (ear training) or the can improvise a melody to the beat they created.
My Take
Garageband is great for teaching musical concepts such as composition, texture, timbre, expression, harmony, etc. It is also good for reinforcing what instruments go together well. It is kind of expensive and a little difficult to figure out how to use at first, but I think it is worth it.