General Description

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


For music teachers and music tutors

Teaching Standards

1.2.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Understand how students learn:  Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn.

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area:  Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.

3.2.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and Implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Plan, structure and sequence learning programs:  Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.

6.3.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage with colleagues and improve practice:  Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice.

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing GarageBand for iPad Power User will contribute 4.5 hours of NSW Education Standards Education Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework, addressing standard descriptor 1.2.2 & 3.3.2 from the Australia Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.




15 minutes

Introduction to Brad and Pete and Music Education Philosophy

Get into the Groove

30 minutes

Advanced features for creating drum grooves in GarageBand for iPad

The Bass Line Baseline

30 minutes

Advanced features for creating bass lines in GarageBand for iPad

Harmony and Melody

1 hour

Advanced features for creating harmony and melody parts in GarageBand for iPad

Building your composition

1 hour

Advanced features for building your composition in GarageBand for iPad

Presentation of Learning

1 hour

Present your GarageBand composition


15 minutes

Question time


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’