Compose epic music with your students in GarageBand. Ignore plastic recorders and wood blocks, and add engaging loops of real instruments.

Write songs with students in GarageBand. Integrate music into the common core with songwriting, music theory, and creativity. In this workshop, participants will compose music for a variety of cross-curricular purposes: video soundtracks, song parodies, song form, algebra (patterning), and original compositions.

  • Develop a basic understanding of the GarageBand interface on iPad and Mac.
  • Create & edit recording.
  • Compose a song parody based on common core standards.
  • Create an original musical composition utilizing GarageBand’s loops.
  • Integrate music into various subject areas.

1. Introduction to GarageBand on Mac

  • Loops
  • Magic GarageBand
  • Recording
  • Tempo, Key, Time Signature

2. Introduction to GarageBand on iPad

  • Smart Instruments
  • Sampling

3. Add pre-recorded loops: hands-on

  • Loop categories
  • Repeat and automate loops

4. Record audio: hands-on

  • builit-in microphone
  • external microphones

5. Write a song parody based on common core standard

  • examples for language arts
  • examples for math

6. Cross-curricular ideas

  • songs to study to
  • instructional songs (written by students, for students)
  • song composition
  • song form and algebra

7. Video soundtrack

  • sync audio with video track
  • edit video
  • auto-tune and quantize
  • matching tone of music with visuals