Course Detail: MTEC-728 - GarageBand Does It All

GarageBand is an easy-to-learn musical workhorse with dozens of great uses for teachers and students. What's's lots of fun! Want your students to enjoy composing original music or making arrangements? How about getting them excited about music history as they make podcasts rather than boring traditional reports Wouldn't it be great to see students have fun improvising, or creating a musical underscoring with sound effects for a video? Want to make quality recordings of individuals or an ensemble without a complicated microphone scheme? Want a great way to demonstrate musical concepts such as form, dynamics, articulation, tempo, and texture so students really understand? Need to prepare sound clips for a PowerPoint presentation or webpage, blog, or wiki? GarageBand does all this and much more! Perhaps that's why many music teachers name this program as the technology tool they use most. In this course for general, vocal/choral, and instrumental music teachers at all levels, we'll explore and experience the many uses for Apple's GarageBand. Each year the program adds more features and functionality; so even if you've used Garage Band before there's bound to be something that'll make you see the program in a new way.

Required Materials/Equipment:

1) Version (of GarageBand) and OS.
GarageBand 10 (the current version is 10.3, but any iteration of version 10 is fine)...
running on desktop or laptop Mac computer with a recent version of Mac OSX - 10.12 "Sierra" through 10.15 "Catalina" (the current version).

2) MIDI Controller Keyboard. Any keyboard that fits the criteria below is fine - LOTS of flexibility here!
  • Number of Keys: anything from 25 mini keys to 88 full size keys
  • MIDI USB connect to your computer 
  • Controller (no onboard sounds, just triggers software sounds in GarageBand) or Keyboard Synth/Digital Piano (has onboard sounds, but we'll use it with the volume down so we only hear GarageBand sounds being triggered)
  • Peripherals (optional): things such as a sustain pedal, pitch bend wheel/stick, or modulation wheel/stick are optional, but nice to add expression to MIDI data.
If you do not have use of a MIDI controller keyboard, I suggest purchasing a small MIDI controller (approx. $50) such as:

3) Microphone. You need some sort of microphone for recording external signals during the course. 
  • Just Fine, but with Limitations: If you don't have a decent USB mic (see below), and choose not to acquire one, you can do all required course recording with the internal microphone on your desktop or laptop computer. 
  • Preferred: If you can afford it, I'd like you to have a USB microphone for recording voice and other signals (wind instrument, acoustic guitar, percussion sounds, Foley sound effects, etc.) into an audio track. The Blue Microphones Snowball USB Mic is, in my opinion, the best value for the price. It captures a clear signal and can be purchased for approximately $70. It is a mid-range USB mic (in terms of price and performance). 
  • High-end Option: If any student is interested in purchasing an even higher end USB mic for class, the Blue Microphones Yeti or the Audio -Technica 2020 USB+ are both great options.

4) OPTIONAL Extras: You may desire to use one or more of the following optional items throughout the course. None are required for the class: Music notation app (Finale, Sibelius or Noteflight, etc.); Mobile device (iPhone, iPad, etc.) video camera; acoustic instrument; electric guitar/bass; audio interface (such as the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 or the PreSonus Audiobox USB 96).

Available Sessions