I set up my brackets attempting to put like music together to even the playing field. I also tried for different genres of music to engage the widest audience. Once the brackets were set; we completed one bracket a week for the first round, listening to the whole song. As we move forward in the brackets, we’ll listen to just a few minutes to remind students before they vote. I’m so curious as to whether the totals will change the more they listen to the song.
Each artist and song were rated on: tempo, melody, instruments and rhythm. These are words students are already familiar with from music class, so making the transition to the Target Language was easy. Students rated each artist/song individually after watching and listening to the entire song. I used Google Forms for the voting, as it tabulates the results for me and I don’t have to do any of the math. J
Is this related to the curriculum? Nope. Does it engage the students and give them an opportunity to engage with culture on their level? Yup.
After each round, students are excited about the music they are listening to and they engage in conversation around it. Students are open to hearing new things and are interested in something outside their norm. For me, this is a total win!
I can’t wait to see who our champion is!