Monday, June 20, 2016

Setting the mood with the right sound.

We bought an Amazon Echo a few months ago and it changed how we listen to music at home. Before dinner we can just ask the Echo to play an artist or genre by using voice commands. That got me thinking about the upcoming school year. How do you use music in your classroom? This post is focused on Pandora.

Worried about forgetting to try this out? Why not take a look at this post and add it to your Google calendar? A simple cut and paste Google calendar hack.

Did you know there is a built-in profanity filter? I would definable recommend turn this on before you start using it in the classroom.

Log into your account.
1. Click your name in the upper right corner.
2. Click Settings.

Scroll down and click No. Do not allow explicit content.
Don't forget to click Save changes at the bottom.

I have learned that what we play can really set the tone. Mellow music usually creates a calm atmosphere and just the opposite can happen when we play something with a faster tempo. Here are a few different options that might fit into your classroom with ease.

  • Piano Guys - a modern take on many original hits
  • 2cellos - similar to the Piano Guys
  • Yo Yo Ma Radio - classical instrumental music
  • The Vitamin String Quartet - new versions of well known songs played on string instruments
  • George Winston Radio - mellow piano music

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