This course is FREE with an Online Subscription

Course Description

GarageBand for iPad has been in music classrooms for almost a decade.

Its intuitive user interface was revolutionary and it has provided thousands of students with wonderful musical experiences.

However, there’s even more power lurking beneath the surface of this app. 

We provide all of the resources you need to structure a Gig Based Approach to mastering GarageBand for iPad.

 Participants will go deeper into GarageBand by accepting a ‘gig’ to create a fully realised piece of music through a series of scaffolded composition experiences. 

We’ll cover all of the hidden gems that are often overlooked and equip you to help your students to master GarageBand for iPad as they create great sounding musical compositions. 

Course participants will also have ongoing access to a suite of GarageBand for iPad digital instructional materials that can be provided to students upon returning to your classrooms.


Stage 3 and 4 Music Teachers

Teaching Standards

2.6.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Information and Communication Technology (ICT):  Use effective teaching strategies to integrate ICT into learning and teaching programs to make selected content relevant and meaningful

3.4.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Select and use resources:  Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning

$  307 + GST - Individual Enrolment
$1250 + GST - Team Enrolment

FREE with  Online Subscription

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Make Hot Hits with GarageBand for iPad

    • Welcome

    • Course Overview

    • Course Setup

    • Gig Overview

    • Pedagogical Overview

  • 2

    The Best Way to Use Our Resources

    • Canvas Navigation

    • Efficiency

  • 3

    Get into the Groove

    • Guided Listening 1

    • Recording Hygeine

    • Creating a drum groove using smart drums

    • Creating a drum groove using Touch Drums

    • Editing a drum groove

    • Check In

  • 4

    The Bass Line Baseline

    • Guided Listening 2

    • Smart Bass Overview

    • Raw ≠ Finished

  • 5

    Harmony and Melody

    • Guided Listening 3

    • Harmony with Smart Keys

    • Melody with Alchemy Synth

    • Melody with The Sampler

  • 6

    Build It - They Will Come

    • Building Your Composition

  • 7

    Signing Off

    • Signing Off

  • 8

    Course Feedback

    • Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback


Gig Based Learning  (GBL)

Gig Based Learning (GBL)

Gig Based Learning is a musically informed, philosophically driven learning design and facilitation process. It gives teachers tools to provide students with opportunities for active, engaging, real-world music(k)ing with/for an authentic audience. Building on the integrated learning experiences model - performance, composition, musicology, aural, GBL puts all of these experiences to work for the benefit of producing a great gig, contextualising the learning for the student so that it’s ‘just in time’ not ‘just in case’

Features of TTA Online PD

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    Online courses are available 24/7. Designed to be done in your own time at your own pace.

  • Team Online

    All online courses are available for team purchase. Unlimited teachers from the one Campus for any course for $1250 + GST

  • Money back Guarantee

    If you complete less than 25% of an online course and aren't completely satisfied, let us know, and we will cancel your enrolment and provide a full refund.