Teacher Review for GarageBand

Everyone can be a musician- functions for novice and the expert musician!

Kim P.
Classroom teacher
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My Rating
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I used this product to add create music with the students to add to the background of iMovies. What didn't work- too many options and too confusing for lower elementary students. I also used this app to teach my colleagues. In this setting it was much more functional. My colleagues really enjoyed the jam session feature and the high school music teachers said they could really see this app used in their setting.
My Take
This app appeals to the novice and expert musician. Even if you know nothing about music composition the SMART instruments can make you sound like you do. On the other hand if you have an extensive musical background or play an instrument there are options for you to create more authentic pieces. I like that this app could appeal to anyone. This product would provide open-ended creativity for the students and could be used an array of ways (imovie, book recordings, podcasts, etc.)