Songwriting and Production with GarageBand

Songwriting and Production with GarageBand

NSM’s Songwriting and Production class utilizes GarageBand, Apple’s free but surprisingly resourceful program that allows recording, editing and mixing audio. GarageBand can be used to create audio and music, including original songs, albums, and covers; commercials and radio; content creation for your social channels, music for tv and film; and composing for video games and other media. Since students learn in our fully outfitted music technology lab, they are not required to own a MAC computer or iPad. However, having an Apple devise allows the student to work on their project at home as well as in our lab.

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Record Your Own Song and Write Your Own Beats!

In this 8-week course you will write and recorded you very own song! We will teach you about MAC’s free Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), GarageBand, and show you the tools and techniques you need to start recording and mixing. This course is designed to help students develop a full and in depth understanding of GarageBand and its uses, and to navigate it with ease. If your passion for music has you interested in the process of recording, editing and mixing music, this is the course for you!

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Learn in Our State-of-the-Art Music Technology Lab!

Each workstation in NSM’s Modern Music Technology Lab includes an iMac computer, a 61-key MIDI keyboard controller with full size velocity sensitive keys, a Behringer Audio Interface to plug in a guitar and vocal/instrument mics and Behringer Headphones. Students also have access to PreSonus speaker monitors and large diaphragm condenser microphones. NSM’s workstations include modern software like GarageBand, Logic Audio X, PreSonus Studio One 6, Sibelius and MuseScore notation software, and an extensive library of sounds and loops. Please scroll down to view photos of our lab in action!

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Class Schedule and Registration

Class Details and Tuition
Songwriting and Production with GarageBand

Number of Students Per Class
: 3-5
Course Length: 8 weeks, one 50-minute class per week
Class Offerings:
1.     Songwriting and Production with GarageBand for Youth - 101 (Ages 9-13)
2.     Songwriting and Production with GarageBand for Teens & Adults – 101 (Ages 13-Adult)
3.     Songwriting and Production with GarageBand for Homeschoolers – 101 (Ages TBD based on interest)
Prerequisites: Although no experience is required, we recommend that each student have  completed at least one year of study on an instrument, or have a basic understanding of notes  and rhythms.
Additional Lab Use (optional): Students are allotted one additional hour per week of individual lab usage to work on their project. This allotment is based on workstation availability and must be scheduled at the front desk. Instructors are not available during this time.
Equipment Requirements:
1.     A portable hard drive or flash drive to store student projects
2.     A binder or notebook to take class notes
Note: Students will use NSM’s technology lab's equipment for all classes. Therefore it is NOT required that the student own a MAC computer or iPad. However owning a MAC device will allow the student to work on their project at home and gain further experience navigating GarageBand
Tuition: $384 ($48 per class)
Early Registration Discount (by December 31): $320 ($40 per class)

Registration Requirements: Due to the small class size and high demand:
1.    A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at registration. (no deposit needed for pre-registration)
2.    All tuition must be paid prior to the first class and no refunds are granted for missed classes.
WINTER CYCLE - Class Schedule and Registration
Songwriting and Production with GarageBand
Mondays - Teens & Adults
Time: 4:30pm-5:20pm
Ages: 13-Adult
Instructor: Andy Zabinski

Tuesdays - Youth
Time: 5:30pm-6:20pm
Ages: 9-13
Instructor: John Pagano

Tuesdays - Teens & Adults
Time: 6:30pm-7:20pm
Ages: 13-Adult
Instructor: John Pagano

Wednesdays - Teens & Adults
Time: 5:30pm-6:20pm
Ages: 13-Adult
Instructor: John Pagano
Thursdays - Homeschoolers
Time: 2:00pm-2:50pm
Ages TBD based on interest
Instructor: Alex Thomlinson

Thursdays - Teens & Adults
Time: 4:30pm-5:20pm
Instructor: Troy Lucia

Saturdays - Teens & Adults
Time: 2:10pm-3:00pm
Ages: 13-Adult
Instructor: Alex Thomlinson
SPRING CYCLE - Class Schedule and Registration
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