Garageband String Orchestra

posted Jun 1, 2015, 5:14 PM by Patrick Johnson   [ updated Jun 1, 2015, 5:15 PM ]
Today we had a music lesson using iPads as instruments. First students were introduced to the Garageband app on the iPad. They were allowed time to explore Garageband by trying out the smart instruments. The smart instruments can play individual notes, chords as well as melodies.

Next students were asked to find a drum kit in Garageband. Together we drummed through some rhythms and reviewed the length of different notes (whole, half, quarter and eighth).

Sample rhythms:

Finally students were asked to open Smart Strings in Garageband. Smart strings simulates violins, violas, cellos and basses and allows the musician to play notes by simulating a bow as well as plucking individual strings.

Students were then divided into groups of 4 and each group was designated one of the instruments below. Together we made a string orchestra.
  • bass
  • cello
  • viola
  • violin
We practised a few chords together and ran our fingers up and down the chords to simulate the sound of a bow. In our grand finale, I led them through the chord progression to the beginning of Pachelbel's Canon in D (C, G, Am, Em, F, C, F, G). Each instrument on its own sounded okay playing the chords however together, it created quite the beautiful symphony of music in our classroom.