Music is great in the classroom. Music helps students relax when they are working, is perfect for brain breaks, and can make transitions easier. There are a few websites that allow you to play music free in the classroom.
Have you heard of Spotify? If you haven't you must try it out. Spotify is a great tool, especially if Pandora is not available in your country.
Why I like Spotify:
1) Using Spotify is free! Yes, you can use this web based music player for free. You can pay for a subscription, but the free option works great!
2) You can create your own playlists. This allows you to listen to the music you want. You can also choose music that is appropriate for the classroom. I know from experience, some of the kids music is not what I would want my students to listen to.
3) You can browse Spotify to play whole playlists. You can search or browse Spotify for whole playlists. You can add these playlists to your account, and play them. This is great if you don't have time to create your own.
4) There are ads, but they play less frequently. I find there are less ads compared to Pandora. The ads also play on the sidebar in a small window, instead of taking up the whole screen.
5) Spotify is available to more countries. Check this list to see if you can use Spotify in your country.
6) There is lots of music to choose from. The music on Spotify is great for the classroom. There are many options and artists to choose from. Artists like Disney, Kidz Bop, and the Piano Guys.
7) I don't get stuck listening to music I don't like. On (free) Pandora I get stuck listening to music I thumb down if I use up my skips. On Spotify I create my own playlists, that way I get to listen to the music I want.
How to use Spotify:
1) Sign into Spotify. You can sign in here. If you don't have an account you will need to create one, but there is a free version.
1) You can search for music using the search function. Click the search button on the sidebar. Then, type in the name of the artist you are searching for.
2) Hit enter to get your search results. You can add music to your collection by clicking on the +. This will save the music to your music tab.
3) Click on the artist's name you are interested in from the search results page. This will bring you to that artist's page. Then, you can look at their music and find related artists. Related artists are artists similar to the one you searched for. This is a great way to find even more awesome music!
1) Another great function is the browse feature. On the sidebar click on browse. You can find great music here if you are unsure what you want to search for.
3) Now you can search categories based on what you are looking for. My favorites for the classroom are Kids, Sleep, and Classical. Click on the category you want to browse through. It will show you a variety of playlists for that category. You can click on the playlists name to look through the songs.
1) Go to the Your Music tab on the sidebar. Then, click on playlists on the top.
Try out Spotify in your classroom. What do you like about Spotify? What are your favorite playlists, artists, genres and moods? Add your answers in the comments below. I hope you end up loving Spotify as much as I do!