Motivating students to listen to audio files
Found in: Playing-Based Methodology
Nancy B., Kansas
Does anyone have any good ideas to motivate students to listen to the audio tracks? I have all I can do to follow through on videos and assignments but would love to think of something kind of fun to encourage/require them to listen more consistently.
Laurie Richards, Nebraska
How about asking them to listen to one or more songs in the coming week, telling them that you will ask some questions about it next week (e.g. which one sounded hardest/easiest? What did you notice about the speed? What style was it? Did you hear patterns? Could you tell what kind of pattern – like 12 bar blues, 5 steps of sound, etc.). Recommend that they listen to it in the car regularly. Also, remind them how much easier it is to learn a song when they know how it sounds.
Cate R., Australia
I put the audio on in class and ask them to play along with it. If they can’t, then that’s their assignment for the coming week.
Leeanne I., Australia
I do the same as Cate. I keep reiterating how important it is to play along with the audio. Once I start Accompaniment 1, I also get them to play along to YouTube videos. This is great fun, especially if it is a song they really like.
Jacqui G., Canada
I find that people download the audio files to their computers and upload to their phone or iPod or tablet. Try having your students do that.