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A case study exploring the use of GarageBand™ and an electronic bulletin board in pre-service music education

, Saginaw Valley State University, United States

CITE Journal Volume 11, Number 4, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA


This qualitative research study is an exploration of the merit and shortcomings of using a combination of the music software GarageBand™ and an electronic bulletin board to facilitate musical and peer learning in a 3-month elementary music methods curriculum and instruction course. A pedagogical objective of this assignment was to increase the interaction among preservice teachers for the purpose of improving the following: (a) their understanding of musical vernacular, genres, and cultures; (b) their appreciation of the relationships among personal, social, and cultural identities; and (c) an introduction to digital learning technologies as a platform for community building. Specifically, sharing their playlists online (as well as their thoughts, feelings, and images about these musical selections) encouraged reflective practice and a process of peer learning, providing opportunities for students to learn about their peers and broaden their participation in a community of inquiry.


Vratulis, V. (2011). A case study exploring the use of GarageBand™ and an electronic bulletin board in pre-service music education. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 11(4), 398-419. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved March 20, 2019 from .


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