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GarageBand for the Music Educator

The newest versions of GarageBand for Mac and iOS (released in October 2013) provide a multitude of music production, recording and learning tools that can be utilized in the classroom. This in-depth course will explore both versions through a variety of tutorials, projects and practical applications. Students will learn how to efficiently navigate the software and how to integrate it in their teaching. Step-by-step instruction will be provided for beginning users, while more advanced users will have opportunities to extend their learning beyond the standard material.
Students are required to have access to both GarageBand for Mac (most current version) and GarageBand for iOS throughout the course. This course is open to all music educators.

Instructor: Rick Palese

palese_rick_retouchRick Palese joined the administrative team at VanderCook in July 2010, however his relationship with the institution goes back much further. Rick is a VanderCook alumnus, having earned his B.M.Ed. in 2003, and M.M.Ed. in 2008.

Prior to being hired at VanderCook, Rick taught for seven years at Prairie Hill School in Cary, IL, where he directed both 5th and 6th grade bands. While at Prairie Hill, Rick also sponsored Jazz Club, Podcasting Club, and assisted with 6th grade musical productions and school assemblies.

Rick is an avid percussionist and maintains an active teaching studio at Absolute Music in Geneva, IL. He is a member of the Hudson Music Teacher Integration Project, and Vic Firth Education Team.



Registration for all online courses closes at 12:00 noon Central Time on January 31, 2014. All online courses will begin on February 3 and conclude on May 2, 2014.

Course Information

7604 GarageBand for the Music Educator
3 graduate credits
Tuition: $900, due in full with registration.

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