GarageBand: create and edit your own music

Course Dates: 25/10/20 - 15/11/20
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Online

Apple’s GarageBand is one of the easiest ways to make music with a computer. The simple layout, instruments and sounds encourage you to explore and create music.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


What is the course about?

This is a one-day introductory crash course to get you started.
Learn to use Apple's fabulously simple but powerful Garageband software to help you realise your musical ideas. Record using a microphone and/or instruments and using a musical MIDI keyboard to play in (notate) musical ideas. Edit your tracks with easy-to-use tools in order to create a polished final product.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Building a track from a variety of instruments and recordings
- Playing in musical ideas using a MIDI keyboard and Garageband's realistic software instruments
- MIDI editing to correct mistakes in playing or to create ideas from scratch
- Recording and importing audio into Garageband
- Basic corrective audio editing
- Basic mixing with attention to sound balance and stereo position.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Build a track from a variety of instruments and recordings
- Play in musical ideas using a MIDI keyboard and Garageband's realistic software instruments
- Edit this MIDI information to correct mistakes in playing and create ideas from scratch
- Record and import audio into Garageband
- Perform basic corrective audio editing
- Perform a basic mix with attention to sound balance and stereo position
- Burn your composition onto a CD.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This one-day course is for anyone who wishes to learn how to put this exciting technology to creative use, and is suitable for complete beginners in music technology. However, you need to be confident with computers and IT generally.
Some familiarity with computers is useful. If you are not familiar with Macs, City Lit offers introductory courses on this platform that you may wish to take.
You will need to be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Classes will generally begin with a demonstration and discussion followed by practical work.
You will work on an individual Mac workstation to practise set themes, techniques and skills, applying these to your developing ideas and material
You will present your work in progress regularly to the group and receive feedback, support and encouragement from your tutor throughout the course.
It is useful to have access to a Mac outside class to work on your project between sessions. GarageBand is now available for the PC platform and for iPads as well as Mac desktop computers.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Notepad, pen, own memory stick/storage device for saving work.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may wish to move on to:
- Apple's Logic software, the professional 'big brother' to GarageBand
- develop further your skills in Mixing, music production and mastering
- get into live electronics through Ableton Live, Sonic Arts, Max/MSP, BBCradiophonic workshop, or Arduino workshops
- develop specialist skills through Vocal Recording Techniques, Create a home vocal recording booth, Sampling, beat-making and synth programming
Go to the Music Technology and Digital Audio Production page to see the full range of courses. For advice email the music office or phone us on (020) 7492 2630
The Music department also offers a wide range of instrumental, singing, ensemble and musicianship courses.


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Brilliant introduction to GarageBand. You'll learn a lot in just three sessions. The tutor kindly shared from his vast experience which made the course come to life.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/03/2020)
A good introduction to Garage Band
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 17/09/2019)
Very worthwhile although a lot of stuff to get through.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 10/10/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Max La Villa

Max’s musical training began in New York City where he was lucky enough to have major session musicians as neighbors in his building teaching him guitar as a child. By his early teens he was studying classical guitar, alongside theory and orchestration, at the High School of the Performing Arts. He relocated to Spain to further his classical guitar studies under the esteemed guitarist/ teacher Jose Tomas. While there Max ran a commercial recording studio, where he began immersing himself in the emerging digital technologies. After moving to London, he continued working as a session musician. He has recorded, toured and collaborated with artists including Kevin Ayers, Paul Weller, Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Jah Wobble, Carl Barat (Libertines) and Marc Almond. In 2011 he was commissioned to compose recitatives and an aria for a production of “The Coronation of Poppea” by the Théatre du Châtelet in Paris which centered around virtual instruments and sampling delivered by multiple computers live on stage with the players. Max continues working with artists of every genre in mixing, sound design, drum programming, bass and keyboards.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: MK504

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Sun, day, 25 Oct - 15 Nov '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £97.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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