iPads in the Music Classroom 101
Mike Klinger Mike Klinger

iPads in the Music Classroom 101

Pace yourself into an 8 week study to compose music using your iPAD

27 Nov 2012

Self paced



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Winter 2016 session starts January,11, 2016 and an ends on March 18, 2016 for 10 Weeks.

You are allowed to work at you own pace, if you wish to finish the course early.

  • This course has been designed to harness the power of an iPad to learn/teach music and is apt for music teachers and middle school / high school students. This course essentially takes you through a journey of musical exploration, and the best thing is you don’t even need to be a master of the iPad to take up this course. We have all the bases covered for you. The course begins with explaining the basic workings of the iPad, and then moves on to musical form. Subsequently, the course teaches how to successfully use and teach musical form, chord progression, music sequencing and song composition on an iPad.How exactly does this course work? What exactly does ‘learn to build music on an iPad mean’ and how does the whole process work? You don’t need to worry. The following series of steps outline each of the activities you would be accomplishing in the course in a sequential manner. Go through these and you would understand the nuts and bolts of the program:
  • Understand the workings of an iPad.
  • Understand the basics of musical form and map out on a sheet of paper your own song based on these musical forms.
  • Develop an understanding of chord progressions and cadences.
  • Use the musical form sheet you have generated as a blueprint to compose your song
  • You take this song to an iPad and use Garage Band to generate a 5 part song.
  • The song consists of drums, bass, piano, guitar, strings, and an audio track in Garage Band.
  • Master the recording by completing the following: Mixing, Panning, Effects and Editing.
  • Get the songs checked by the instructor, and voila, you are ready to publish your song online, email it to a friend, or share on social networks, and be the musical star you want to be.

Who can benefit from this course? 

This course is intended for teachers and middle school / high school students. All you need is a computer with Internet access and an iPAD pre loaded with the Garage Band app.

Course Details:

  • This is a pre-recorded course (consisting of video tutorials) and it gives you the option of completing it according to your own convenience.
  • You download the tutorial assignment, follow the instructions, submit to the instructor as directed, and receive feedback from the instructor.
  • You can complete the course materials on a weekly basis (usually 2-3 hours per week), or you can proceed at your own pace and finish the course early.
  • For the complete list of sessions and a suggested study plan, you can refer to the comprehensive course outline provided at the bottom of the page.

Course Content:

  • 23 tutorial videos and a few downloadable PDF's.
  • Weekly Assignments
  • Step by step video tutorials will be provided
  • Weekly assignments you can submit to your teacher for feedback


Course Duration:

January'11'2016- March'18'2016 (10 week session) or...self pace yourself if you want to move along quicker.

Optional College Credit Available:

  • Also, Optional (1) graduate-level quarter credits will be made available for this course through Seattle Pacific University at $50.
  • The cost for the 1 units is $50 per credit hour payable to SPU.
  • Once registered for this course, please register with SPU within one week of starting your course by following the link below to online registration or by calling 800-482-3848. SPU registration is paid to Seattle Pacific University and handled separately from the course registration.
  • To Register:Click here and search for EDMU 5063
  • This course is time specific and assignments / projects will be organized into (10) weekly folders to be completed weekly.

The Comprehensive Course Outline:

  • Week 1A:Welcome and how the course works
  • Week 1B: iPad workings
  • Week 1C:Garage Band Basics.
  • Week 2A: Musical Form Motive and Semi Phase
  • Week 2B: Musical Form Phrase and cadences
  • Week 2C: Musical Form Periods
  • Week 2D: Musical Form Double Periods
  • Week 2E: Construct your own Form
  • Week 3A: Chord Progressions
  • Week 4A: Garage Band: Working with Drums
  • Week 4B: Recording Your Song : Record the drums
  • Week 4C: Recording Your Song : Record the Bass
  • Week 5A: Recording Your Song : Record the Piano
  • Week 5B: Recording Your Song : Record the Guitar
  • Week 5C: Recording Your Song : Record the Strings
  • Week 6A: Recording Your Song : Record the Audio Track
  • Week 6B: Mastering Part 1
  • Week 6C: Mastering Part 2
  • Week 6D: Publishing/Sharing your song
  • Weeks 7-8: Work on your Final assignment and submit


Class Comments :

  • This course gave a great overview of how to use Garageband and will be a great resource as I make arrangements and accompaniments with my elementary kids and choirs.


  • I have taken two classes from Mike Klinger as well as a session at his beautiful retreat center in Washington. I was impressed with Mike from the very beginning. Mike had the entire class room totally equipped, organized, and ready to go. He made me and the other band directors feel comfortable and free to ask questions as he lead us through a very thorough learning experience. Everything we did was covered in printouts that Mike had compiled for us, so that when I got home,I could retrace the steps. I witnessed Mike calmly answering every question we could create, and believe me, we had tons of questions. It was nice to know that I was not the only director that was a novice on the computer. On the questions, it didn't matter if they were regarding PC or Mac. Mike knew the answers. He also was totally up to date on equipment, software, brand names, prices, adapters, what is new on the market, the glitches that are common on certain brands,and more. I nicknamed Mike as "Captain Knowledge". I've never experienced anyone as knowledgable in this field as Mike Klinger. I owe everything I have done on Coda Finale for my classrooms, projects, and my music, to Mike Klinger. Without his help, I would have given up long ago.So, if you are looking for help, ideas, suggestions, and answers on music notation, music recording, software, equipment, and computers, you need to give Mike Klinger your highest consideration. You will find a great friend and mentor that has at his command, an incredible amount of knowledge and experience and he wants you to be successful.

~Douglas B. Davis

  • First, I want to tell you how MUCH I enjoyed this class! It was fantastic! You laid it out so well and I really feel like I have a handle on Garage Band -- as well as song form and the process of laying down tracks, etc.I got so into the final project, that I added some other instruments and a conga loop as well. It is just so fun!Also, the form of my piece took on a little different pattern (Intro, ABABCABCB, Ending)... Wanted to throw another bridge section in...Anyway, thanks so much for putting this together and for helping me get enthused about the possibilities for using this with my kids at school. Please let me know if something does not come through O.K.Thanks!

~Peter Nilsen-Goodin

  • I took the iPad 101 course with Mike Kinger. I really enjoyed the format of the course. He leads you through the creation of composition in garageband using the iPad allowing you to explore each feature step by step. The project provided me with skills that will be directly relevant to working with students in my class but was also fun and rewarding for me as a musician and teacher. I feel very confident using this app in my teaching now. Thanks for creating a class that is relevant, enjoyable and affordable!

~Bridget Kazukiewicz

Language of instruction: English

About the instructor
Mike Klinger

Carson , United States

Mike Klinger has over 28 years of experience in music technology. More than 5,000 music teachers from all over the world have benefited by studying with him. He was also hired by DoDEA (Department of Defense Educational Activity) to train all of its 268 music teachers in United States, Europe and Asia. He is the owner of The Synthesis Midi Workshop located in Carson, WA which specializes in educational sales in music technology items and is the home of The Mike Klinger Music Technology Retreat Center.Qualifications:

M.M. in Music Composition, University of North Texas, Texas, United States

B.A. in Music, University of North Texas, Texas, United States

A.A. in Music, Mt. Hood Community College, Oregon, United States

He lives in Washington, USA.