Teacher Review For GarageBand

Great tool for introducing songwriting and arranging skills while having enough bells and whistles to keep more advanced students exploring.

Rob D.
San Domenico School
San Anselmo, CA
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
How I Use It
We've used GarageBand for everything from scratch recordings (where it is admittedly the weakest) to creating backup practice tracks to simply exploring the orchestration and arrangement of pop songs. Of course, "GarageOrchestra" would be a nice way to broaden its educational value, as well as including options for standard notation.
My Take
This is an intuitive and quick way for students to begin exploring the basics of music creation, but what sets it apart is how deep students can dig in, from the piano-roll editing to the customizable guitar effects.