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 GarageBand before there's bound to be something that'll make you see the program in a new way. The course will be taught online and is based on GarageBand 10.2.0. 


Course Learning Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this graduate music education course, students will be able to:

  • Record and edit music using loops, MIDI and audio

  • Produce music using music production features such as automation and digital signal processing 

  • Use GarageBand to create a multimedia-based projects such as podcasts, audio books and sound scoring for video.

  • Plan and record an arrangement of a song or an original composition.

  • Understand and use GarageBand to support student musical learning and growth that is age- and developmentally appropriate.

  • Plan and design lessons that uses GarageBand to make creative connections to curricular content, and/or as a tool to archive student learning and performance.

Instructor: Stefani Langol

slangolStefani Langol is a music educator, clinician, author and education technology consultant. She is Associate Professor of Music Education at Berklee College of Music and also serves as the technology coordinator for the Music Education department. In addition, Langol is an adjunct assistant professor at the Boston Conservatory of Music, where she teaches music technology classes for the masters of music education program. 

Langol is a certified instructor for the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) and offers graduate credit and TI:ME national certification courses at numerous sites throughout the Northeast. In addition, Langol served as editor-in-chief of the TI:MEs newsletter from 1997-2004 and as technology editor for the Massachusetts Music Educators Journal from 2004-2012. For over 20 years, Langol has designed and delivered technology training to K-12 and higher education music educators, and has been a featured presenter at numerous state, national and international music educator conferences, including New York, Pennsylvania, California, Ohio, Rhode Island, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Texas, Illinois and Toronto.
Langol is a co-author of the Alfred Music Tech Series, which includes Playing Keyboard, Music Production and MIDI Sequencing, Composing with Notation Software, and the accompanying Teacher’s Guide: Book 1. In addition, she has published several articles on music technology that have appeared in the Music Educators Journal, Music Education Technology Magazine, Music and Computers, Artists House, and Massachusetts Music Educators Journal.

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