Teacher Review For GarageBand

Garageband is the BEST- Students and Teachers alike will benefit!

Katie H.
Technology coordinator
East Sandy School
Sandy, UT
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Garageband for iOS is a great way to engage students. I use it to accompany my recorder students. The smart instruments turn the iPad into the coolest autoharp that ever existed. If you understand chord structure, this app takes singing in your class to the next level! Students can also record their voices and add layers of sound. The latest update turns anyone into a DJ. Students have used this feature to complete projects and presentations.
My Take
This is a very powerful app. Students will need some preparation to use it, however. The tools in the app are quite engaging and powerful. Students will need a moment to explore and play before they can focus on a specific project. I advise the teacher to give this time as it will have students leaving class asking for more. Headphones are advised and students should be well managed before introducing the app.