GarageBand, not GarbageBand

Garageband and Podcasting Made Easy

ABC's of GarageBand



It's all about ME!!!

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Crayon Story

If you use a box of crayons to draw a picture, you wouldn’t use the every color and cover the entire page, leaving a lot of “white” space actually improves your picture. You should have a lot of  ‘white space” with using Garageband.




Three Levels

   Level One


  Level Two



 Level Three



Simple Tips


By adding a vocal track (track>new track>real instrument,) be careful to have headsets on. If you don’t, the computer will double record your voice and the loops, you will have a weird echo of your voice and the Garageband song. Having headsets on and using the built-in microphone, only your voice will be recorded. A simple tip, but well worth the effort.


It is important that students listen to a lot of Garageband songs to differentiate between what they like and don’t like. As students listen to more and more songs, they ask, “How do you do that?”


Music is highly subjective; students are taught to have an open ear/mind and must have other students listen to their compositions to offer suggestions. This is where the composition process really is electrifying. You will see students go from station to station, listening and offering suggestions. It is a very stimulating time in the MIDI classroom.


Posting is a validation of composing. The students run home and listen to their compositions and comment. I review commenting procedures in class, so everyone is aware of the rules: first names only, with positive comments or I delete. I weed and feed the website on a daily basis..


Having podcasts part of the music curriculum has transformed the entire school, it is easy and with a little work, very exciting.




Student files on


Alien Attack Fourth grade - first GarageBand song with a theme


Jazz Fifth grade - first GarageBand

Holiday Fifth grade - Using a movie from Sibelius

Burger Blast Sixth grade - Screen shots of Inspiration, with a story and a song

Sammy and Olivia Play Fifth grade - piano only, recorded, then placed in GarageBand


The Three Pigs - Sixth grade, stories with piano keyboard

The Pencil Sixth grade - Using Flash and GarageBand

The Need for Speed Sixth grade - ELL student, drawings in flash

Turtle Dove Sixth grade - Sibelius and GarageBand

Dance Sixth grade rap

Presents Sixth grade - Piano Keyboard, story, and GarageBand


Max and Ryan - Fifth Grade - Flash, composer project

The Wedding - Fifth Grade - Flash, composer project


GFIII  - Sixth grade - GarageBand, Flash, iTunes, iPhoto, and iMovie


3rd Trimester Eighth grade - composed own loops on keyboard - NO piano lessons


Spring Storm - Music Composition and performance




Number 47 - Eighth Grade - Flash, Piano Keyboard, GarageBand



Teacher Files


Sunset Ridge Teachers - two day workshop

     Quadratic Formula

     Mr. Bean