Best way to store your digital music.
Make your own playlists for different training sessions.
Ideal CD for quiet learning moments.
Great range of classical background music when your students need to do some serious self study and retain relevant information.
Perfect music to apply accelerated learning techniques
To engage your participants in learning, the use of music in the training room will help create that stimulating learning environment.
At the start of the session
There is nothing worse than walking into a training room that is quiet. Especially on the first day, when participants might be shy, apprehensive and might not know anybody. So to get some safe feeling conversation started, have music playing at a reasonable loud volume but not that loud that it would stop people from talking. The music needs to be up-beat tempo and easy to listen to. Another feature could be use music relevant to what you are teaching.
Stuck for ideas to find the appropriate track of music, become a member of the Green Book of Music of songs by subject .This book (or on online library) has over 35000 song titles listed by topic order. Looking for a song with the word "Thinking", and you can't think of any, well this book has over 700 songs for you to consider. Not all of them will be suitable, some you might never have heard of. However it is worth downloading the music (legally of course), listen to the song and decide if it is appropriate for you lesson and learners.
At break time
It is a great idea to play to the group your "calling back" music. Play this same track every time you want the group to come back from their breaks. This saves you having to round them up and again if it is loud enough , all participants should be able to hear it.
During session time
Having a range of music available to play during your session, however if you are with your group for several days/weeks ask if they like music to play during self directed study in class as some people (normally your older adult students) find music distracting. However research has shown that playing Baroque music actually accelerates the learning.
If you are not an expert on Baroque music (most of us are not!) have a look at purchasing a CD especially created for the training room "Music for accelerated learning" compiled by Steven Harpen. Steven is a new age artist specialising in composing music for relaxation.
If you like to try traditional classical music perhaps try Baroque music compilation CD. This CD has a relaxing genre of Baroque music and if you have it playing quietly in the background you students will find it very easy to work with.
All other activities that don't take concentration from the students use music that fits the activity. If they are doing some group work, use easy to listen music. Music from the 70 and 80 always work well.Everybody seems to like it, and knows the tunes and happy to bob around on it.
Ending your day music
There is nothing worse than telling your learners: "We are finished for the day, see you tomorrow". First of all you should provide them with something to look forward to by explaining what is going to happen in the next session. Secondly it is really nice to find some music that puts the bounce back into their bodies and leave them on a happy "note". Again you can have fun with music at the end of the day. Play something that reflects the day it has been, or perhaps something that is relevant to the next day. Otherwise "Walking back to happiness" or "See you later alligator" will never fail.
Recommended music equipment
There is nothing wrong with a portable CD player if your room is small and you are facilitating a group of no more than 20/30 people. When shopping for one, ensure it has a repeat button, so you can set up your starting music/calling back music and end of the music playing over and over again if required. It is easy to download music, try the following download sites:
If you are teaching to a larger group, you will need to have something more substantial. Make the investment to get yourself an iPod, it allows you to make play list for each session you deliver, it can be plugged into speakers and controlled by a remote control to provide a very sophisticated session, where music can be started or finished from anywhere in the room with your remote.
Feel free to email Knowledge Base Central with your experience about using music in the classroom. What music tracks work for you, where do you get your music from, what music system do you use.