LISTEN to music around the world.
There are many ways to explore the wide world of international music. One way is to visit the Multimedia Department on the third floor of the Library. You will be interested in the CDs organized by country of origin. The staff at the Mulitmedia desk will be happy to help you find these. Choose some CDs to check out and listen to. Listening to three CDs counts as one activity. Be sure to record them on your log.
Another way to explore international music is through an internet website such as Spotify.com. As with other social media wesbites, Spotify requires account holders to be 13 years old or older. This is primarily to protect children from data collection, although families should be aware that songs of all ratings are available on Spotify. If participants of Global Adventure Badge want to use Spotify, they will need to have a parent create an account.
On Spotify, you can search for musical artists, listen to theirs songs, create a playlist and share the playlist. This can be done at a computer at home, or on a public use computer at the library. For Global Adventure Badge, creating a themed playlist with eight songs on it and sharing the playlist with the Library's Youth Serivces's Spotify account counts as a LISTEN activity. Follow the steps below to do this.
- Go to Spotify.com and create a free account. On the homepage, you will click on "Get Spotify". You will be asked for an e-mail address, birthdate, gender, and to create a username and password. Spotify will be downloaded to your computer.
- Once Spotify is downloaded, log in to your account. You will have to view a short tutorial before Spotify will let you look for music. If you cancel the tutorial, Spotify will log you out.
- There are many ways to enjoy Spotify and you want to explore these. For the purposes of Global Adventure Badge, we will just be covering how to create a playlist. To create a playlist, click on "New Playlist" located in the column on the left side.
- Name your playlist. Make sure you indicate the theme and your name in the playlist name (e.g. Joe's playlist of music from Africa). You now have an empty playlist.
- To search for music to listen to, you can use the search box located in the upper right of the screen. Spotify will find music by artist's name, song title, or album title. This means that just trying to browse by country is a little haphazard, but fun. If you put in a country's name, you may very well get music from that country, as the country's name may be part of a title. Try that! Many, many national anthems are available. If you put in "national anthem Iceland" you will get many versions of that song. Another method to explore is to go to Wikipedia and look up "music from _____"; they will most likely have an article naming different types of music and different artists from the country you are interested in. Search those artists in Spotify and enjoy. (Parental Advisory: Spotify identifies music with mature content with a box that says explicit next to the song title.)
- To add a song to your playlist, left click on the song. Next, click on the choice "add to". The name of your playlist will be there. Click to add. Repeat to add at least eight songs to your playlist.
When your playlist is done, share it with the Library if you want to use is as a LISTEN activity. This is how you do this:
- First, you want to "follow" Northbrook Public Library Youth Services. IN the search box in the upper left hand corner, type in spotify:user:nbkyouth and click enter. Select the green "follow" icon. Good! You are now following NBKyouth.
- Click back on your playlist and click Share.
- A box will open up, click on Send to...and where it says "Enter a friend's name" type in nbkyouth.
- Click send and your playlist is on it's way!