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Music Technology Curriculum Bundle: 12 Project Ideas for use with GarageBand

Music Technology Curriculum Bundle: 12 Project Ideas for use with GarageBand
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In this bundle you'll receive:
•the 12 project ideas which include a project details page with lots of tips and tricks, and a teacher's page with an easily customizable rubric
•a glossary of "techy" terms
•a map of important GarageBand functions
•a huge list of keyboard shortcuts
•and a rich, comprehensive list of all the supplemental videos, articles, files, etc. that I use to teach each lesson

Check out my worksheet bundle designed to go along with each lesson!

The lessons are primarily aimed at the high school or younger college student, but can easily be adapted for middle school, and in some cases, can even be simplified for upper-elementary. I like to consider this a collection of projects that teach music through technology (as opposed to simply teaching the technology).

Enough lessons to teach a year-long, Music Technology course, each project is sequential. They start with the basic functions of GarageBand and move toward more advanced features. In the same way, the projects begin with little to no music theory, and advance to a point where students are writing, recording and producing their own songs. (Even so, the projects are still created in such a way that things can be simplified a great deal to accommodate any student level; the level of music theory can be pared down, or amped up as needed.)

I’d like to note that these are not exactly formal lesson plans. However, they can easily be transformed into actual lesson plans with the addition of standards and a few other tweaks. Really, it’s a collection of project ideas that can be adapted for many different situations or uses.

Created for GarageBand, but the general concept will still apply with most programs (Audacity, Soundation, Logic, etc.).
If you aren't familiar with GarageBand you will probably need to study up on some of the basics as the lessons assume a basic knowledge of the DAW... but you don’t need to be a pro to begin teaching these lessons. I wasn’t when I started. You’ll learn with the students as you progress.

Each project is very comprehensive and includes a “project details sheet” that can be printed and given to students. For every project, the project details sheet will include the following:
• a basic overview of what the project will be
• the list of skills that will be learned (here’s where you can easily add standards)
• a step-by-step of how to accomplish the project
• a list of requirements to earn their grade
• a “tips and tricks” section designed to help students with common mistakes, challenges, etc. which I’ve encountered after teaching these projects for many years

On a separate page you’ll find:
• a rubric that can be easily customized
• a “teacher to teacher” section designed to help the instructor effectively communicate and teach the project. Here I explain some common issues I’ve run into in the past and ways I’ve found to help students be more successful.

If you're looking for something for younger or beginner students, check out my mini lesson bundle!

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Total Pages
50 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Year
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