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Summer 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Inside GarageBand for the Mac


June 10-August 2, 2024

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,125 is due in full with registration.


This course is for Apple Mac users who want to discover how powerful the current version (10.4) of GarageBand is as a music production and recording tool. Lessons will cover working with Apple Loops, recording MIDI and audio tracks, editing, processing, mixing and mastering your projects. We’ll also cover studio and live recording setups and equipment for live recordings. You’ll also learn some tips and tricks to create more professional sounding tracks that you can apply to any situation or recording software.

This course is not for anyone solely using the iOS version of GarageBand. We will look at its features, and you can use the performance instruments on an iPad or iPhone for projects if you have access to an iOS device, but we will not use it for any required coursework.

Software Requirements: 

  • GarageBand 10.4 or newer (iOS versions of GarageBand are not usable for this course)

Hardware Requirements: 

  • Macintosh computer with sufficient hard drive space to install and run GarageBand. External drive for file storage is recommended but not required
  • MIDI keyboard with connection to the computer
  • External, or computer internal microphone

Optional Hardware: 

  • XLR microphone
  • Audio interface with at least one microphone input and stereo output



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Vince Leonard

Adjunct MECA Faculty

Producer and composer Vincent A. Leonard Jr. has had works premiered nationally and internationally. He is published by Arrangers Publishing Company, Educational Programs Network, and National Music Works. He co-authored Recording in the Digital World; Finale: An Easy Guide to Music Notation; Sibelius: A Comprehensive Guide to Music Notation; and Musical iPad. In 1996, he and fellow producer and engineer Jack Klotz Jr. formed Invincible Entertainment and 3 IPS Studio, and have released two CDs, Magic Up Our Sleeve and On the Brink of Tomorrow. Compositional credits include the feature film Running On Empty Dreams, theme and episode music for the Captain Courteous radio series, and numerous theater pieces and industrials. Leonard has provided orchestrations for world premiere productions of Redwall for Opera Delaware, Elliot and the Magic Bed, Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell and The Little Princess for Upper Darby Summer Stage. Also widely known as a copyist and arranger, he has worked on projects with Peter Nero, the Philly Pops Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, the London Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione and Leslie Burrs, and in musicals by Duke Ellington, Alan Menken, Kurt Weill and Mitch Leigh. Leonard is a member of NARAS and ASCAP, and is active as a clinician and music software beta-tester for Apple computers. 

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