iPads and Garage Band for Student Playing Assignments

By John Gardner

ipad-Pep-Band-CloseupOne of the challenges in working with a larger ensemble is having the time to listen to and critique or advise each musician. Historically there have been the dreaded “playing tests”, where the student comes into a room with the teacher, gets one shot, gets nervous, or  closer to petrified, messes up, feels bad, and leaves almost in tears (or anger). Teachers can add time for conversation to try to calm the nerves, but that adds time and time is a problem.

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