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Introducing The Music Teacher’s Guide To GarageBand for iPad

Ready to go from GarageBand zero to GarageBand hero?

  • A GarageBand course designed especially for educators. The course teaches you the basics of using the GarageBand app and includes tips that are UNIQUE to the classroom setting. 
  • A collection of adaptable Lesson Plans with full step-by-step walkthrough videos that show you (and your students) exactly what to do. The lesson plans are adaptable, creative, fun projects that are perfect for students in grades 3-8. 
  • Completely online, affordable PD hours PLUS lesson plans you can access online, anywhere, anytime.


Avoid sifting through countless Youtube videos and online tutorials to find the information you need. This is an all-in-one course to add GarageBand to your list of mastered apps!


Not only will the course walk you through the ins and outs of using GarageBand, there are full lesson plans that you can use straight away with your students.  


This course is completely flexible to YOU. Learn at your own pace, at a time that suits you - whenever and wherever you'd like.

Explanations in plain English with no prior knowledge assumed.

Ready to dive into GarageBand?

What's Included in the Course?

There are two parts to this course: 

1. A complete walkthrough of the different parts of the GarageBand app with tips that are specific to music teachers

2. A collection of lesson plans with step-by-step videos that show you and your students exactly what to do. These videos show the GarageBand screen and I demonstrate each step along the way. 

Module 1: Intro to the GarageBand iPad App

  • 1.1 Introduction
  • 1.2 Navigation - the Project Screen
  • 1.3 The Sound Browser
  • 1.4 Track View
  • 1.5 Live Loops view 
  • 1.6 The Sound Library

Module 2: Instruments Walkthrough 

  • 2.1 Intro to the instruments 
  • 2.2 Keyboards
  • 2.3 Guitar and Bass Guitar
  • 2.4 Strings
  • 2.5 Drums and Drummer 
  • 2.6 World instruments
  • 2.7 Amp and Audio Recorder
  • 2.8 Sound Library

Module 3: Recording workflow and steps 

  • 3.1 Introduction to the recording workflow
  • 3.2 Workflow for song projects
  • 3.3 How to set up for a storytelling or radio show project

Module 4: Saving and exporting work

  • 4.1 Intro to saving and exporting GarageBand projects
  • 4.2 Understanding file types
  • 4.3 Saving and opening works in progress
  • 4.4 How to get GarageBand projects off the iPads
  • 4.5 Five ways to gather GarageBand files for assessment  

Module 5: Accessories

  • 5.1 Intro to adapters and accessory options
  • 5.2 I want to...plug in a microphone
  • 5.3 I want to...connect a guitar
  • 5.4 About using "regular" audio interfaces
  • 5.5 I want to...connect a MIDI keyboard
  • 5.6 I want to...control my iPad hands-free
  • 5.7 I want to...mount my iPad on a stand
  • 5.8 I want...students to share one iPad
  • 5.9 I want to...display my iPad on a screen
  • 5.10 I want to...amplify my iPad sound


A collection of GarageBand lesson plans with step-by-step videos that show you and your students exactly what to do.

Each lesson has a teacher video which explains the aims of the lesson, a brief outline and provide tips, PLUS a separate student video which you can show your class. 

The student video shows the GarageBand steps in full and you can pause, rewind and replay when needed! While the student video is “teaching your class”, you are free to provide one-on-one help to students that need it most.

Here’s a sneak peek at the lessons that are available inside the course right now:

What’s in a Name?

A quick and easy lesson in which students sample their name, compose a rhythm and add a drum backing.

Rap My Name

This lesson is a great "getting-to-know" activity for the beginning of the school year. Write and record a rap using the provided structure and compose a rhythmic backing.

Transforming the Blues

Take the standard blues progression, transform it into a non-blues style and improvise a solo using one, two or many notes!  

Chinese Lullaby

Use GarageBand's world instruments to learn about the Erhu and  Guzheng, then compose a pentatonic-based accompaniment and melody.

The Song Made With No Instruments

Record found sounds and body percussion and turn them into drums, bass guitar, keyboard and other instruments!

Superhero Themes (easy film scoring project!)

Explore the compositional techniques that go into a superhero theme, compose your own version and synchronise it to a short movie clip (clip is provided). 

And more...!

The lesson plans alone are worth their weight in gold!

In the Music Teacher’s Guide to GarageBand for iPad, Katie guides you step by step inside the GarageBand app and how to navigate through it all. As you get comfortable with the app, Katie will also teach you some “ninja” tips throughout the course that will extend the creative possibilities to new heights. The lesson plans alone are worth their weight in gold. With step by step video tutorial and a printable PDF, Katie has made it super easy for teachers! Whether you are a novice to GarageBand or have been using it for a while, Music Teacher’s Guide to GarageBand for iPad has something for everyone.


Join With 2 Easy Investment Options


One-off course purchase

Simple, fast and effective move

USD $197 one-off purchase

  • Instant access to GarageBand Course
  • 5 course modules 
  • 12 interactive lesson plans 
  • PD certificate on completion


Full GarageBand course is included with membership

Special quarterly subscription offer

USD $99 per quarter

(recurring, cancel anytime)

  • Instant access to GarageBand course
  • 5 course modules 
  • 12 interactive lesson plans
  • PD certificate on completion

- PLUS -

  • Access to ALL Midnight Music training courses & lesson plans
  • Lesson materials for iPads, Chromebooks, Macs, PCs
  • Music Tech Resource Bank - collection of lesson resources
  • Monthly live music tech training session
  • Join over 400 teachers in the discussion forum
  • Ask any music tech questions you like
  • Professional development certificates available for training 
  •  Ongoing support
  •  Cancel anytime

About the Midnight Music Community

The Midnight Music Community is an online community where music tech professional development, lesson ideas, and accountability come together.

As a member, you have unlimited access to:

More than 150+ hours of Online Music Tech Courses

More than standard how-tos, these courses teach you about software from an education specific angle.

Courses and training materials for: iPads, Chromebooks, Macs/PCs, GarageBand, Mixcraft, Sibelius, IWBs, Music Tech for Beginners, Film Scoring, Video Game Composition, Songwriting, Super-Simple Lessons Using Free Tech Resources and more

The Music Tech Resource Bank

A growing collection of resources that you can use for your lessons. Includes videos for film scoring, notation images for worksheets, guitar and ukulele chord images, audio samples, and remix stems.

Rest assured - all content is appropriate for student use.

Private Members-Only


Connect with other music teachers just like you! Ask questions, share ideas, and collaborate on solutions to problems. I am in the forums daily to personally answer questions, offer advice, and give step-by-step assistance

Monthly Live Trainings and Q&A's with Katie

New training videos and other resources are added regularly. We also have live Q&A sessions especially for members!

Personalised PD Certificates

Receive personalized professional development certificates of attendance on completion of online training. Perfect for professional development record-keeping!

Music Tech Lesson Ideas

Discover engaging lesson ideas for iPads, laptops, Chromebooks, and BYOD. Complete with printable guides and checklists, these lesson plans are ready to be used with eager students.

"I have learned many shortcuts that I never knew existed. Even my pupils were unaware of most of them!"

"The Music Teachers’ Guide to Garageband is absolutely brilliant. Katie takes you through many topics in a step-by-step format. I have learned many shortcuts that I never knew existed. Even my pupils were unaware of most of them! Like all Katie’s training, nothing is left unturned. It is always my go-to resource for anything involving music tech and, if I cannot find the answer myself, I know Katie and her team are only an email away. I am a subscriber to lots of communities but, I can honestly say, this is my favourite. Worth every penny (as we say in the UK!). Long may it continue."

LINDA HORNE  //  Midnight Music Community Member

Who is Katie?

I'm Katie -  a music technology trainer, speaker, blogger and podcaster - and my passion is helping music teachers incorporate technology in their teaching. I like to explain things in simple terms and believe there are no "dumb" or "silly" questions.  

GarageBand is one of the most versatile apps on your iPad and capable of much more than you might think. I’m pleased to share this course with you so that you can learn some of its “hidden” features and discover exciting ways to use it creatively with your students.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course only for the iOS version of GarageBand? Does it apply the Mac/desktop version, too?

Which version of GarageBand is this course based on? Does it apply if I have an old version?

What’s the difference between purchasing the standalone course and accessing the course inside the Midnight Music Community?

How long will I have access to the course and lesson materials?

My students have iPad Minis or iPhones - is the GarageBand app still the same?

I only have access to a small number of iPads - will the lesson plans work with groups of students?

When is the course running? Do I need to log in at a specific time?

What if I'm a beginner? And a "technophobe"??

Do you offer a professional development certificate for this course? 


The Music Teacher's Guide To GarageBand On iPad is 100% RISK FREE. If you feel like you don't get great value from the training materials and lesson plans, email the Midnight Music support team at ( ANYTIME during the first 30 days, show us that you actually did the work and we'll happily refund your full payment. 

The best part is this: if you think there is a "slight chance" that The Music Teacher's Guide To GarageBand On iPad will work for you, you should enrol today. Because you can try the material... and see if it's right for you over the next 30 days. No guess work needed. Use the material and see for yourself. If you commit to the work and don't feel the value is there, email us and we'll give you a prompt refund. Satisfaction Guaranteed or your money back. 

I've gone from having "tech-phobia" to being "tech-savvy"!

"Thanks Katie. You have been so amazing giving so much of your time, and putting together all of these videos and lessons. I've gone from having "tech-phobia" to being "tech-savvy" 😂😂... thank you!!"

BRIELLE D'SOUZA  //  music teacher, Melbourne, Australia

Why wait? Become GarageBand savvy today!

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