Singer/songwriter Jane Gillman has taught several different classes for us over the past couple of years. This fall will bring a return of GarageBand for Songwriters: Home Recording on your iPad and Mac, plus Guitar: Beginners and Guitar: Advanced Beginners, which are new classes for us! We are excited to have Jane expanding her offerings. Learn a bit more about Jane and her GarageBand class below, and look out for more information about her coming guitar classes.
Informal Classes: What can students expect out of your class?
Jane Gillman: We mix it up in class. I start out with explanations and demonstrations, and then students get hands-on experience on their own computers and iPads. From week to week I give out small project assignments, which students have a chance share with each other during class time. Students walk away with the know-how to:
• Record and overdub
• Edit and Arrange
• Create samples and loops
• Play “Smart” Instruments…even without musical ability
• Add on low-cost gear to enhance your sound
• Share and collaborate with other musicians
IC: What are you most excited about sharing with your students?
JG: The Ah-ha moments! The idea of a GarageBand workshop for iPad/Mac originally came from conversations with music makers of all kinds who have one thing in common: technology is not second nature. I love showing people that they don’t need to be an expert to create and record music digitally.
IC: Can you tell us a little bit about your background in your field?
JG: I made my first trip into a recording studio at 16. Since that turning point of a day, I’ve recorded in studios in Austin, Nashville, New York, DC … I’ve released 7 albums as a singer/songwriter, have produced albums for others, and have sat in on many other artists’ sessions.
IC: What do you as the instructor learn from working with your students?
JG: I’ve learned that teaching is equal parts talking and listening. I’ve learned so much from my students from their questions, their ideas, and from the projects they have created.