Teacher Review for GarageBand

Wonderful tool for older students

Tori H.
Classroom teacher
Christ the King, Kansas City, MO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
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
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
Its interface is simple enough to teach about songwriting basics, and once students are comfortable with using it and learning more about theory, I have had 8th graders actually create a song track in small groups with moderate teacher help. They absolutely love it, and have indicated that they don't feel like they're learning or working hard, which of course they are! I've also had students use it as a recording studio to record their own performances. I can't recommend this app enough.
My Take
This app is amazing, allowing students to become composers who experiment with different instrument sounds, rhythms, loops, and so much more. I have the Complete Set in-app purchase, but even without it it would be a great tool for most music classrooms. My students are K-8 and I have used it from 3rd grade and up. The instruments sounds are very clear, although the voice track isn't as great.