Don’t just learn GarageBand. Learn how to teach your students to create music with it!

Award winning teacher and author Barbara Freedman will give you tips, techniques and all the tools you’ll need to teach music through the creative process of composition. You will leave with lesson plans, student assignment sheets, MIDI files, audio files and pdf files to use in your classroom to teach music for all your students to be successful composers and creators of music. These lessons were designed with the beginning music student in mind and contain modifications for use with younger students and students with special needs. A copy of  Barbara’s book: “Teaching Music Through Composition: A Curriculum Using Technology” will be included with the course.

This course is offered online in four (4)  Topics/Units. Participants will log into a secure Learning Management System, MusicEdTech Moodle Classroom, to receive course materials including readings, lesson plans for teaching with GarageBand, assignments for student use, video instruction on how to use the software, video instruction on teaching with GarageBand, pertinent audio, MIDI files and assignments for participants. Assignments simulate student assignments in the lesson plans to demonstrate content and technical proficiency. Participants will share work and comment on other participants work via our online, secure classroom.

Course begins Tuesday, July 9, 2019   

What you’ll learn:
  • work directly with standards-based curriculum materials, primarily the book Teaching Music Through Composition: A Curriculum Using Technology, with guidance from the instructor, so they understand how the content, pedagogy, technology, assessment, and computer lab management issues interplay in the implementation process.
  • understand the basic functions of the music software GarageBand through a direct experience with the curricular materials by implementation of the student assignments.
  • understand music technology terminology and how it is used in the creation of digital music compositions and be able to use the technology to complete a variety of music composition assignments within the curriculum.
  • present their compositions throughout the course for feed back from the instructor and other participants.
  • develop a repertoire of language to teach to students to intelligently assess and comment on the aesthetic of music.
  •  discuss common implementation issues such as content issues, pedagogical issues including music lab management, specific music technology issues, and alternative assessment in the music classroom
Teaching Music with GarageBand includes:
  • 4 session course delivered asynchronously. Learn on your own schedule within the course weeks.
  • A copy of the book “Teaching Music Though Composition: A Curriculum Using Technology”
  • Materials to use in your classroom including Student Assignment Sheets, audio, MIDI and videos files, not just for the first 8 Units (17 lessons) covered in this course but for all 29 Units (68 lessons) in the book.
  • All course materials to complete the course.
  • FREE subscription to for the duration of the course.
Who should take this course?

This course is for music educators who teach grades 5 – 12 and college educators who are interested in teaching music utilizing composition or those that teach in a music lab or with music technology.

 By the end of this course you will know and be able to:
  • teach your students to use GarageBand as a tool to manipulate and save compositions
  • teach your students basic music technology terminology
  • understand the basic and advanced equipment available for a computer lab
  • understand issues of and solutions for music lab classroom management
  • know the difference and utilization of software instrument and audio tracks
  • distinguish and use MIDI and audio regions
  • implement classroom management techniques in evaluating student music
  • implement “best practices” in student presentation of music
  • implement“best practices” in student evaluation of peer’s music
  • implement “best practices” in assessment of student music
  • use basic digital effects and their musical use in GarageBand
  • implement the Rhythm States Method for teaching rhythmic notation
  •  manipulate music style, change genres, using digital music technology
  • understand and implement composition techniques for creating original melodies
  • understand and implement composition techniques for creating melodic variations within compositional structure for aesthetic variety and interest
What you will need:
  • A Macintosh computer with internet access
  • GarageBand 10 or later installed and working on your computer
Cost and Payment Terms

Cost: US $250.00. An optional one (1) graduate credit is available.

Payment options for the course are:

  • Credit card (via the Paypal website. No Paypal account necessary.)
  • Paypal
  • Invoice option available for schools and businesses in the US. Purchase order number required at time of registration
  • Payment or PO must be received before the first course date. Please also note the course cancellation policy
  • If you wish to sign up for the course, but do not yet have approval (a PO) from your school, please email me.
Music Ed Tech Cancellation Policy

Please review the MusicEdTech Cancellation Policy.

To cancel your registration for a class, please use our Contact Form or send an email to: support(at)

How to register

Registration for the course is separate from the optional graduate credit registration. Register for this course using the button at the bottom of this page. You will be given the option to pay via PayPal, credit card or a personal check. If you are paying via credit card, click on the PayPal option. You DO NOT need a PayPal account to pay via credit card. PayPal is the vehicle through which we collect and charge your credits card. There are no additional fees to you.

If you would like graduate credit, please register for the course on this registration site before processing the paperwork and fees to the university. For school purchases orders, please use the contact form to make a request.

Graduate Credit:

Please check with your district, graduate school or state department of education for their graduate credit requirements.

Each MusicEdTech online course has been eligible for one (1) graduate credit and may be eligible for Professional development hours through your district. A Certificate of Completion can be provided to those that complete the course for submission to your district for 15 Professional Development hours at the discretion of your district. Please check with your district in advance if they will accept these hours.

Please stay tuned for more information on Graduate Credits for the 2019 online classes. Information should be available by March, 2019.

Instructor: Barbara Freedman 

BFREEDMAN_ThumbNamed the 2012 TI:ME Technology Teacher of the Year, Barbara Freedman has been teaching Electronic Music & Audio Engineering at Greenwich High School in Connecticut since 2001 and is the author of the book “Teaching Music Through Composition: A Curriculum Using Technology” published by Oxford University Press. She is a technology trainer, professional development leader, graduate course instructor, and consultant to schools and districts seeking to create technology labs and integrate technology into curricula. Barbara is on the music technology education advisory boards for MusicFirst, Spotify and the International Baccalaureate Organization and is the Co-President of the Connecticut Chapter of TI:ME. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Music in Performance from Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, City University of New York and Professional Studies Diploma from the Mannes College of Music. She studied conducting at the Hartt School of Music, Westminster Choir College, and The Juilliard School. Barbara performs regularly with the Ridgefield and Bridgeport Symphonies and is a freelance musician in the NY Metropolitan area. Best known as a music technology educator and trainer, Barbara’s motto, “Teach music. The technology will follow.” Has become the rallying cry for music technology teachers around the world.

Week 1: Course Management Software, Basics of Music Technology, Basic Composition Skills, Composing Using Loops:

Course learning management software

  1. Review of the course materials and technology to implement the course
  2. Basic music technology terminology
  3. Issues of music lab classroom management
  4. Understanding the difference and utilization of software instrument and audio tracks
  5. Understanding MIDI and audio regions
  6. Understanding the Loops Library
  7. Composing melodies with loops
  8. Teaching song form (AB)
  9. Using loops to create harmony and other accompaniment features
  10. Using loops to understand musical form

Week 2-: Rhythmic Notation, Recording & Editing Digital Rhythms, Basic Digital Mixing Techniques

  1. Understanding the use of standard music rhythmic notation in GarageBand and other software for music creation
  2. Exploration of the Rhythm States Method for teaching rhythmic notation
  3. Implementation method for dictation in the music technology lab specifically relate to GarageBand
  4. Understanding and execution of basic 20th century drum beats and their relation to musical style.
  5. Understanding and execution of the manipulation of music style in digital music technology as it relates to drum beats
  6. Understanding variations and improvisation techniques with rhythm in music composition
  7. Volume & panning
  8. Understanding basic effects and their musical use in GarageBand
  9. Track automation

Week 3 – Melodic Composition, Melodic Dictation, Basic Melodic Variation Techniques

  1. Digital tools for student’s understanding the piano keyboard
  2. Implementation of melodic dictation in the music technology lab specifically related to GarageBand
  3. Understanding melodic structure
  4. Composition techniques for creating original melodies
  5. Melodic variations within compositional structure for aesthetic variety and interest

Week 4 – Melody, Basic Melodic Variations & Their Use In Modified Sonata Allegro Form, Classroom Student Presentation and Evaluation Techniques

  1. Understanding of the use of melodic variations to implement advanced musical form, modified Sonata Allegro
  2. Implementation of melody, melodic variations and music technology in GarageBand to compose an original piece in a modified Sonata Allegro form (Final Composition Project)
  3. Assessment and grading of student projects


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Tuition for the course is $250