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ERIC Number: EJ857140
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1048-3713
See! Hear! Enhanced Podcasting with GarageBand
Nardo, Rachel
General Music Today, v23 n1 p27-30 2009
This article discusses a better way to provide consistent communication with parents and showcase students' work. Podcasts are similar to favorite episodic radio shows or audio blogs, but are unique in that no longer must the listener tune in to a weekly show--or fear missing a favorite show. Favorite podcast programs can be automatically delivered to a designated computer through a RSS (really simple syndication) subscription feed. The listener just subscribes to the podcast and new episodes appear. There are two types of podcasts. Basic audio podcasts provide recorded entertainment and information similar to what one would find on the radio. Enhanced audio and/or video podcasts add the capability of inserting audio markers, artwork, movies, and URLs. Although podcasts can be recorded and compressed on Macs or PCs, for students and teachers Apple's GarageBand provides an unusually simple to use production tool that already includes prerecorded jingles and sound effects. GarageBand's content and interface make it easy to construct multitrack episodic podcasts with RSS feeds or simple, standalone AAC- or mp3-compressed recordings for one's Web site. Mixed-down files can also be e-mailed or burned to a CD. Or it can be posted to iTunes, free of charge. GarageBand's podcasting tool is also perfect for recording student instructional projects such as music ethnographies, child-narrated musical stories, great composers reports in "interview" style, student compositions, student playing assessments, performances, or anything else one would like to record with added voice-overs. Music ethnographies are especially fun because students can interview grandparents, parents, and other family members to discover and record their own music history. In addition to the oral interview segments, music clips and artwork or photos can be added to enrich the report. GarageBand allows one to import movies to make a "vod-" or videocast in place of the podcast. Either one of these formats can be uploaded and played on the appropriate media player or on a computer. In this article, the author details how one can get started using GarageBand
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