Introduction to Sequencing Using GarageBand

Introduction to Sequencing using GarageBand

James Moyer
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Lafayette College

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Music Production


High School


Music Technology


Mac Mini, eMac or iMac with GarageBand


40 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Basic knowledge of Mac OSX

NAfME Standard of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standard of 1994: Improvising melodies, harmonies, and accompaniments.
NAfME Standard of 1994: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

NAfME Standard of 1994: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.

NAfME 2014: Responding


Garage Band 2 – Mary Plummer – Peachpit Press


Students will be able to enter basic sequence using MIDI keyboard and loops


Introduce bass and drum loop into tracks by selecting the Loop browser – 10 minutes
Have students audition a number of loops and select one bass and drum loop for their “favorites” – 10 minutes
Improvise a short melody via the keyboard over the loop tracks – 20 minutes


Students understand how to audition and select loops, drag them into a new track.
Understand the difference between real and software loops and tracks
Students can select appropriate style loops that work well together and compose a simple melody on a midi keyboard over top

Follow Up:

Editing regions, extending loops, changing instruments for software solo

Items to Purchase:

Small lab of Macs with iMac, Mini or eMacs with GB 2 installed

When budget should be submitted:

1-2 years in advance or per school guideline.

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