Yes, I know, some of these great music apps may not have tons of educational value, but I always go back to my experience as a fourth grade teacher. I regularly needed access to various genres of music, bluegrass, jazz, etc when discussing North Carolina history and culture. While I could definitely queue up some music ahead of time, many times ‘teachable moments’ led to opportunities to drive home a point, but lacking time, I could not lay my fingers on the music. TuneCrawl (http://www.tunecrawl.com/) serves to fill that need. I need to first give the caveat that this may or may not be Copyright legal where you read this from. Since I do not even know if it’s legal in the US with our crazy RIAA, I am not even going to speculate it being legal elsewhere.
So, legality out of the way, what does this do? You go to the website and type in a song or artist. It will pop up results from searching Spotify, YouTube, and SoundCloud. For instance, I typed in the song ‘You Are Everything,’ which has had many recordings by different artists over the years. It gave me various results. I clicked on the first YouTube result, which was a live performance by the Stylistics. Pretty neat.
Again, I definitely think this has a place, albeit not immediately clear, in most classrooms. If for nothing else, for various projects, mood music, or when studying culture. I always liked to make sure I found authentic music and art when discussing various time periods and regions of North Carolina. Students love seeing the people from our State, especially those musicians. Throwing up a song from Theolonius Monk, priceless when talking about appreciation. We did this a lot in my classroom–even if they did not like something, we would talk about appreciating all the time involved in practicing/making music or art. TuneCrawl provides a decent resource to do this.