Everything You Need to Know About GarageBand iOS

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Everything You Need to Know About GarageBand iOS for Success in the Music Classroom

Designed with the 3-8 General Music educator in mind.

March 28, 2020

Bring your iPad loaded with GarageBand iOS and discover how you can use it in your music classroom! From composition and creative projects to performance and assessment, GarageBand iOS for the iPad is a powerhouse app that has a wealth of teacher- and student-centered uses. You’ll learn the nuts and bolts of the GarageBand iOS feature set in this intensive course, as well as numerous tips and tricks that will help you design fun, creative and effective lessons for your students. Designed with the 3-8 General Music Educator in mind, this course is also relevant for anyone who wants to use the iPad and GarageBand iOS as a tool to facilitate music creation in their classroom.

GarageBand iOS is a free app for any model of iPad purchased after 2013 that is running version iOS 10 or higher. This course will be based on the most recent version of GarageBand iOS. This course is not designed for the desktop version of GarageBand.

PLEASE NOTE: This single-credit course will have required pre- and post-course online components that will be used for reflection and assessment.  

Course Learning Objectives:

  • How to use and record with Smart Instruments
  • How to record audio
  • How to compose a multi-track song from start to finish
  • How to save and share student work
  • How to use other accessories and apps with the iPad and GarageBand iOS
  • How to use one iPad in the classroom
  • How to use GarageBand iOS for assessment
  • Knowledge of lesson plan ideas that can be adapted to different teaching environments

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.

Course Details

Everything You Need to Know About GarageBand iOS
Course Code 6250
Instructor: Stefani Langol
March 28, 2020
1 Graduate Credit
$350, due in full with registration
Online Component(s)
Dates TBD
Online coursework to prep for this single-day course will take place two weeks prior to the course date.
Required Text(s)
Software/Hardware Requirements
An iPad with GarageBand (version 10 or higher) preloaded.
No previous GarageBand experience necessary.
An iPad is necessary in order to complete this course.
Access to a Mac, PC or Chromebook, connected to the Internet.


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