As I was up late tonight formatting all of my students’ Garage Band pieces into mp3′s to look nice and clean for my new inline Yahoo! Media Player, I came across this little gem for those who are looking to use Garage Band for the first time in the classroom or need to brush up on some of its basic features. Granted, the “tutorials” are for Garage Band versions 2 and 3, but that’s all the higher I go in my lab anyway. (Actually I’m still running version 1.1 on most of my iMacs because they have less memory than my phone! But that’s a rant for another post… )
John G. Hendron of Goochland County Public Schools published these Garage Band Tutorials, and I think you’ll find them useful and can even give to your students as self-learning guides. Topics include Mixing, Transposing, Musical Forms, Exporting to iTunes, and a Bonus Section which includes 2 composition lessons. He even included an update for Podcasting Using Garage Band in 2006. I’m also impressed by the questions at the bottom of each section. I can use these as review questions to check for understanding after the lesson! I’m out to find out if John is still around and to shoot him an email about how awesome this resource is. In the meanwhile, you can check out some of my students Garage Band pieces on my newly table-ized projects page.