Course Description


I am delighted that you have found this free BandLab Songwriting Course for your children. You are joining a growing group of people who know that children love music and technology - in fact, it is the air that they breathe.

Bring BandLab To The Classroom

The software "BandLab for Education" brings award-winning music creation features to the classroom empowering teachers and their students with everything they need for collaborative and fun musical learning.

Nothing to patch or install – the cloud-based platform works on Mac, Windows, Linux and Chromebooks. It's safe and it's free!

CPD in the classroom

In this course, both you and your students will learn through doing. You will learn how to set up your school and online classrooms, how to enrol your students and how to get them started exploring the thousands of sampled loops and virtual instruments through their own personal projects. The video tutorials allow you as the adult, to learn whilst you teach or support your children. You don't need to spend hours of your own time, preparing lessons, working out how to use the software or deliver the course, just press play and pause and then just add any additional learning on top. Lesson plans, summaries, print outs and quizzes will ensure that incorporating new technology in your classroom need not be onerous and scary but fun and exciting. You will see a transformation in your students approach to music as they realise their potential.

Teach and learn through the power of collaboration

Want to keep track of class progress and provide real-time feedback on student activity? BandLab for Education will do that and more.

Their platform lets you send assignments, grade submissions and give valuable feedback to your students.

    Easy-to-Use Assignments

    Grades System

 Real-Time Collaboration


Through the process of creating a structured song in any one of over 100 genres, your students will learn:

  • The basic skills of how to use a DAW - Digital Audio Workstation
  • How to audition and find appropriate sounds for different elements of a song like the introduction, verse and chorus
  • How to appraise their progress and that of their peers
  • How to write their own lyrics
  • How to audition and play virtual midi instruments and record their own melodies and solos
  • Tips and tricks you can use to add the final touches to a song making it sound cohesive and professional
  • How To Make Your Finished Track Sound Even Better through Mastering

This course empowers and motivates students to become musicians. It gives them confidence in their innate ability to create in the medium that they know so well - technology. The results are astounding! BandLab for Education can be accessed at home too, meaning that their exploration and experimentation continues outside school. 

And now there is an app which makes making music even easier.

Safe collaborative tools mean that students can form partnerships with their friends and write songs together but it goes so much further than that - The teacher can set up partnerships with other classes in other schools, inviting them to join a project. This might be established locally, nationally or internationally. The possibilities are endless! 

Founder - Inclusive Music & Senior Instructor

Phil Heeley

Trainer, Trainer, Educator, Music Technologist, Musician, Visionary“Inclusive Music” encapsulates Phil’s passion for enabling Access For All through Music Technology. Creator of the Best Selling “Dance eJay for Schools” and co-author of “GarageBand for Schools”, he encourages students to discover their own ways of learning and expressing themselves leading Ofsted to repeatedly recognise him as an “outstanding” teacher. SEND expert and Drake Music Associate Musician, Phil believes in the reality of participation no matter what the ability or disability.“We know we are offering quality musical moments for our students and staff when Phil leads the sessions. Totally reliable and professional – I recommend him without reservation.”Christine Wright, Teaching and Learning Music Adviser, South Gloucestershire Music Service

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome To BandLab For Schools (Free Covid -19 Edition)

    • Parents & Teachers - Getting Started

    • Upgrade Anytime To Our New Flexible Distance Learning Options & get 20% Off

  • 2

    Teachers - Setting Up Your BandLab For Education Classroom

    • BandLab for Education - Onboarding

    • Enrolling Students In To Your BandLab Classroom

    • Updated Crucial Information for the ICT Technician

    • Is BandLab For Education Safe For Students?

    • How to Create a Virtual School

    • How to Create an Assignment for your Class

    • How to Create & Edit a Personal Project

    • Video - BandLab Overview: How To Use Loops To Make Music In Minutes

    • How a Music Educator Uses BandLab in the Classroom

  • 3

    Teachers - Getting Started

    • Getting Started - Lesson Plan

    • Video - An Example Song Structure With Sections

    • BandLab Demo Song by Phil Heeley

    • Keyboard Shortcuts

    • Quiz 1 - Getting Started

  • 4

    0 Basic Skills

    • Summary - Basic Skills (Teacher)

    • Lesson Plan - Basic Skills (Teacher)

    • Video - Basic Skills - Part 1

    • Quiz - Basic Skills - Part 1

    • Video - Basic Skills - Part 1A

    • Quiz - Basic Skills - Part 1A

    • Video - Basic Skills - Part 1B

    • Quiz - Basic Skills - Part 1B

    • Video - Basic Skills - Part 1C

    • Quiz - Basic Skills - Part 1C

    • Video - Basic Skills - Part 1D

    • Quiz - Basic Skills - Part 1D

    • Video BandLab Basic Skills - Part 1E

    • Quiz - Basic Skills - Part 1E

  • 5

    1 The Introduction

    • Summary - The Introduction (Teacher)

    • Lesson Plan - The Introduction (Teacher)

    • Demo Song Structure

    • Video - Example: Introduction (0:00 - to 0:50 seconds)

    • Video - The Introduction - Part 1

    • Quiz - The Introduction - Part 1

    • Video - The Introduction - Part 1A

    • Quiz - The Introduction - Part 1A

    • Video - The Introduction - Part 1B

    • Quiz - The Introduction - Part 1B

    • Worksheet 1 - Self Appraisal - The Introduction

  • 6

    2 Getting Organised

    • Summary - Getting Organised (Teacher)

    • Lesson Plan - Getting Organised (Teacher)

    • Video - Getting Organised

  • 7

    3 The Chorus

    • Summary - The Chorus (Teacher)

    • Lesson Plan - The Chorus (Teacher)

    • Demo Song Structure

    • Video - Example: Chorus (0:50 to 1:11)

    • Video - The Chorus - Part 3 - First Attempt

    • Quiz - The Chorus - Part 3 - First Attempt

    • Video - The Chorus - Part 3B

    • Quiz - The Chorus - Part 3B

    • Worksheet 3 - Self-Appraisal - The Chorus

    • How to Write Song Lyrics

    • Worksheet 3A - My Favourite Songs

  • 8

    Free Access To The Rest Of The Course Has Now Ended But We Have A Time Limited Special Offer!

    • Here's What You're Missing! "BandLab For Schools" - Complete Songwriting Course

    • Upgrade Anytime to our New Flexible Distance Learning Options and get up to £100 Discount

  • 9

    Bonus 2 - FREE Christmas Pack

    • FREE Christmas Pack - 24 Christmas Songs To Explore, Edit & Make Your Own

Reviews

5 star rating

excelente

Jesús González Guerrero

La explicación es muy clara. recomendado 100%

La explicación es muy clara. recomendado 100%

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Intro

Michael Spnella

I like your teaching methodology. It is clear. That's all count. This Bandlab program makes simple. I would like to see some music theory attached to ban...

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I like your teaching methodology. It is clear. That's all count. This Bandlab program makes simple. I would like to see some music theory attached to bandlab lessons. For me it's to get them the knowledge to be able to understand what it is they create. Buts this give the students high level interest to get them to pursue a music career if they so choose. Good work!!

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5 star rating

Best course for starting off!

Björn Lewin

This course is just fantastic. I've had a peak into BandLab before but never REALLY got into using it in classroom. This course with its small steps is a gr...

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This course is just fantastic. I've had a peak into BandLab before but never REALLY got into using it in classroom. This course with its small steps is a great way of getting you to use it bit by bit - withour pressure but fun. Thank you!!!

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Good

Anri Adachi

Enjoyed this course! Clear instructions and concise videos show exactly what to do - very helpful for someone technologically challenged like myself! I can s...

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Enjoyed this course! Clear instructions and concise videos show exactly what to do - very helpful for someone technologically challenged like myself! I can see that this would be very popular and beneficial in our primary school and would increase engagement for many pupils. I did find that a few of the quiz questions had different answers to what I expected - specifically the ones asking to look for the first/last loops on a selection of loop packs. I looked by checking the loop packs in real time, but got different answers to those offered in the multiple choice. Maybe the loop packs were updated?

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5 star rating

Eloise Autherson-Ness

Very easy step by step instructions

Very easy step by step instructions

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5 star rating

Rare opportunity for me

Vishnudev Indran

I would like to thank y'all for providing this opportunity, it's a privilege for me to learn using this opportunity to learn some productioin basic ona free ...

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I would like to thank y'all for providing this opportunity, it's a privilege for me to learn using this opportunity to learn some productioin basic ona free platform too!

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