Help students share something about themselves, musical tastes, while building community as they speak about their musical choices.
It can be used early in the semester, where all students share their favourite music, and we build the playlist and share it with everyone, or it can be used as a weekly warmup, where one or two students share at the beginning of class and the playlist builds over time.
Almost none. Students can probably on the spot share their favourite music on YouTube or Spotify or such.
- Ask each student to choose one piece of music to share with the class and play it for everyone, explaining why they like it.
- This can be done synchronously or asynchronously, in one class session where everyone shares, or spread out over the entire semester where one or two people share each class session.
If synchronous, about 5 minutes per student or so.
ADAPTATIONS AND EXAMPLES
- You could ask students to bring pieces of music that represent particular moods or thoughts, rather than ones they like in general.
- Asynchronous options may include using a Padlet for students to comment on each others’ music choices.
- You could think of ways to refer to the playlist or reuse it throughout the semester if you create it early on.
- A class playlist may also be an ongoing thing done outside class time if you ask students to share some of their favorite music on a space like Slack throughout the semester. For example, “I’m listening to this music as I do this assignment” or “this reading makes me feel like… this song”.
- If you have students who are hard of hearing, perhaps ask students to focus on lyrics they like or poems, rather than music per se.
It depends. Some music-sharing site (e.g. YouTube or Spotify or SoundCloud) that is accessible to all your students.
- Educator prep: None
- Student prep: None
- Synchronous, Asynchronous
- On-screen annotation, Music sharing
- Duration: 5-30 mins