How do we listen to music today?

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The habits of music consumers have changed significantly over the past decade. Let's take a look at how artists are inspired and the ways people now listen to their favorite songs with the advent of digital music.

“YouTube is the main platform for discovery, its impact is considerable. Streaming music (streaming) continues to grow in importance, to such an extent that we observe a decrease in piracy; illegally downloading doesn't do much anymore since you can access the entire planet by streaming. "
Source: Press
The next activities will allow students to take a stand on music piracy and the consequences of such a practice.
 


Goals

At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Understand the impacts of music piracy on the Internet;
- Name legal music download sites;
- Explain how different digital media work for playing music;
- Discuss the drawbacks related to music piracy.
 


Suggested activities

ACTIVITY 1: What are the students' listening habits?

Start the activity by questioning the students in order to better understand their listening habits when it comes to music.
Ask them how they listen to music.
- Do they buy the music they listen to or download it?
- What sites do they go to?
- Do they know the places where music is pirated?
- Do they know of places to buy cheap music?
- What mainly dictates their choice?
- On what types of devices do they listen to their favorite bands?
Hold a class debate to find out what students think about illegal downloads.
Here are some questions to fuel the debate:
• Why are illegal music download sites so popular and so prevalent?
• What are the impacts of music piracy on artists?
• What could make people pirate music?
 

ACTIVITY 2: Vox pop of consumption habits

Suggest that the students perform a vox pop with those around them in order to discover the ways in which they listen to their favorite music.
Present this video to provide a brief overview of the different places these consumers use to find music by their favorite artists.
Group the students into small teams so that they can write down the questions that will be asked in the vox pop, how to recruit the participants and, finally, determine the angle they want to address in their production.
Suggest these lines of questioning so that they are able to anticipate the answers.
Distribute this writing outline to them to prepare the questions that will be asked of the candidates they have chosen to interview. You could also ask the students to perform the vox pop without showing the faces of the interviewees, for confidentiality reasons.

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ICT TRACK:
Use the site of Youtube Editor in order to produce a video montage that could include the different videos that the students will have filmed during the vox-pops. Different tutorials already exist in order to facilitate the use of this free online tool. Students will also be able to add titles, transitions, music, etc. Like all videos posted to YouTube, if you wish, you can post privately or not to list your post (learn more).

ACTIVITY 3: The history of musical formats.

Present the site of Numerama which presents the history of media carriers. The site Lingalog also presents the same type of information.
Continue by presenting this folder on the evolution of musical information media.
Suggest that the students complete one or more missing cards to have up-to-date information. For example, you could ask to add a listing for iTunes, YouTube, Spotify and Rdio, etc.
Suggest that the students make their worksheet using the software of their choice. You could suggest that they use word processing software such as Word, Open Office or Libre Office to enter the missing information from the page detailing the music in .mp3.

For further

As a whole class, develop a list of websites that are available for free to consumers so that they can legally listen to music. Then distribute this list to students in your school.
 


More about the magazine

From phonograph to iPod: A short history of record media
Global Techno, June 28, 2008
New media
Media Studies Center
Music around the clock
La Presse, October 20, 2014
Artists seek audience
La Presse, October 20, 2014
Study: Canadians' audiovisual content choice process
A study commissioned by Telefilm Canada, SODEC and the Canada Media Fund
Music archiving: analog or digital medium?
File on music archiving
Popular music and music videos
Habilo Médias file

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