The newest versions of GarageBand for Mac (10.0) and iOS (2.0) 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, teaching you how to efficiently navigate the software and how to integrate it in your teaching. Step-by-step instruction will be provided for beginners, while more advanced users will have opportunities to extend their learning beyond the standard material. This course is open to all music educators.
Required software: Students must have access to both GarageBand for Mac (10.0.2 or higher) and an iOS device with GarageBand for iOS (2.0.1 or higher) for use throughout the course.

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.


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