How I Use It
I use GarageBand in my classroom for creative and composition projects. Students are able to create tracks or use loops to create a full band of instruments. Students really enjoy when they are able to create a song through the app, then create lyrics and perform their song in front of the classroom. They also enjoy using the app in a group setting where they can collaborate and make a song together. I typically use the app as more of an extra activity for students who finish work early or on "free days" where students can choose their musical activity.
Overall, I enjoy using GarageBand as a teaching tool. It is fun and interactive. It is creative and requires the students to think, listen, and apply their musical knowledge. It allows students to compose their own ideas on instruments and gives them the opportunity to work more closely with pitch and rhythm. Students can use this app at home or on vacation. Anywhere! The more students use the app outside of the classroom, the more likely they are to understand more of the concepts I teach inside my classroom.