Today I had to opportunity to learn from Alan Kaschub, music professor from the University of Southern Maine. He gave us a quick tour of Apple's GarageBand application, while discussing with us how he uses it to teach music.
During his two-hour presentation, we not only created our own piece of music (I've embedded mine below), but were able to think seriously about how much "music class" has changed over the years. Paraphrasing Alan:
The music class of today is very different. Kids don't need to bring their own instruments any more. With computer applications like GarageBand and Finale Notepad, they can learn composition and music theory without spending money on the actual instruments.Apparently, it helps when even music teachers pay attention.
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