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Music Technology: My own band in my hand…

Music and the appreciation of music can be enhanced by the use of technology. This blog will focus on the GarageBand app: A free music creation app that is pre downloaded onto all iPads – what a bonus!

GarageBand is great to utilise within schools that don’t have access to a multitude and variety of instruments as it still allows children to explore a diverse range of instruments and their sounds.

GarageBand offers the perfect opportunity to learn and have fun with music technology. 

Children can delve into their musical learning as this app offers the opportunity to explore and focus upon:

  • Singing
  • Playing
  • Improvising
  • Composing
  • Listening

These are key aspects of not only music but learning on a wider scale.

SING UP music created a document to support teachers when using GarageBand within music lessons. They stated 3 easy steps to assess children’s musical development within the app. Can children:

  1. Make and explain their choices about their preferred drum and bass?
  2. Play a repeating improvised rhythmic pattern?
  3. Sing along to the chorus with correct timing, pitch and articulation?

My Experience: 

I found GarageBand really easy to navigate around and use. I feel that the app will add huge benefits to a music lesson and can be incorporated through free exploration sessions or through a structured lesson in which the teacher outlines specific outcomes.

I managed to loop some pre recorded tracks to a beat I improvised to create a latin samba style track. I was impressed with the track quality and number of differing options available on the app. It could easily engage and occupy children within paired of individual work. As songs can be saved, children could create a song, pass it on the next pair and they could peer assess the music.

This is without doubt a favourite app of mine!

Guide to iPad GarageBand:


  1. My songs (click here to save work and find other files)
  2. Instruments (click here to find instruments)
  3. Current instrument
  4. Click to go to arrange window
  5. Transport controls
  6. Master volume
  7. Loops (Very handy. A collection of short music excerpts that when dragged into the arrange area automatically work together in speed but not necessarily in tonality)
  8. Volume controls
  9. Settings
  10. Arrange area (The blocks are called regions or building blocks. They can be edited by clicking on them or lengthening/cropping from the edges)
  11. Track instruments with individual volumes when mixing.

Below are some links to youtube clips regarding the app.

GarageBand Tutorial 1 – Getting Started in GarageBand on the iMac and iPad version.

Extensive GarageBand iPad tutorial

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