If you venture over to the How it Works page on this site, you will get a brief run down on how Spotify works.
But… there is a very good chance that even after reading that, you are still intimidated by downloading & installing a new program and then signing up for a new account and then learning to use the program.
Well, the Classroom DJ is here to show you that even an eight year old could do it (This is true. My eight year old niece is in love with Spotify and is becoming as savvy at using it as myself.)
If you follow the instructions below, you will be up and running in no time and ready to rock your classroom come Monday.
Navigate to Spotify.com
Click the Get Spotify button in the top right of the page
The program should automatically begin to download. In the event that it does not, click the Restart the Download link in the middle of the page.
After the program has completed downloading, locate the file on your computer and double click it. By doing this, you will begin to install Spotify on your computer. You may have to OK or agree to run the file for security purposes.
After clicking the Run button on the Security warning, you will see the progress of the installation. It should take about 2-3 minutes.
Once the installation is complete, you will be asked to sign in.
Odds are you don’t have a Spotify account if you are still reading this tutorial. So let’s get you one.
There are two methods you can use to register for a Spotify account:
1. Using your Facebook account
2. Using an email address
No matter what method you choose, go ahead and click the Not a User? Sign up link as shown below.
At this point, you will be directed back to the Spotify web site where you can register for an account. Again you can use your Facebook account or you can simply use your email address. Both methods are extremely simple.
In addition, this is where you have to decide what kind of account you would like to register for.
There are three different options:
1. Free – Exactly what it sounds like. However, you will be forced to listen to advertisements every so often (usually after every fourth or fifth song). Not too big of a deal, however if you are trying to use this in class and suddenly commercials are playing, this could cause issues.
2. Unlimited ($4.99/month) – No advertisements. Again, if you can handle a few ads here and there, then probably no need to pay for this. But ever since I upgraded, I can’t imagine going back to ads. It is awesome!!
3. Premium ($9.99/month) – No advertisements. Able to use on multiple devices like smart phone, iPhone, iPad, etc. Offline mode. There are quite a few perks you get with this level, however I have never tried it out since I don’t have a smart phone. Still rocking a flip phone.
Once you have created an account, you are now able to sign into Spotify and begin using it.
At this point, start playing around with it. If you have ever used iTunes, it has a similar feel. Search for your favorite artists and songs in the Search box. Make playlists of your favorites. Start listening to all sorts of songs. The possibilities are endless.
Come back to The Classroom DJ often to get ideas of what music to play for your class or better yet head over to the Request Line or drop me a line via email (email@example.com) and put in a few requests.
Tell you fellow friends and teachers about The Classroom DJ and make sure it becomes an important part of your routine.
Hopefully that covered it all for everyone. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you get hung up on something or it doesn’t seem to be working correctly.
Oh yeah…what would a post be without a suggestion of another song to play for your students?
I guess it would just be another boring post.
Well, here is a song (Thanks Sandi @ rubberboots and elf shoes for the suggestion) that I think would be a great way to start each morning. Play it while they are arriving and putting their coats and bags away or whatever the case is.