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April 5, 2010

Pandora Radio

Filed under: Music — mepada @ 4:28 pm

Pandora: Internet Radio for Education?

A while back I discovered Pandora Radio, a personalized internet radio service that helps you find music based on your favorite singers/groups.

This effort is part of the Genome Project, “a crazy project started over ten years ago to capture the complex musical DNA of songs using a large team of highly-trained musicians”.

Here is a description:

  • Pandora is free and advertising supported (40hrs of music for free per month). After that you pay .99 for unlimited listening hours for the rest of that calendar month or you can come back again on the first day of the next calendar month (another free 40 hours)
  • You can also upgrade to Pandora One subscription account: unlimited listening hours each month, with no advertisements. The cost is $36 for a one-year subscription.
  • A Pandora Station is a personalized stream of music. Pandora compares the music you’ve chosen to each song in Pandora’s collection, using the musical analysis in the Music Genome Project. Then your Pandora station starts playing songs that are similar in genre to the one you initially inputted.
  • You can have up to 100 stations in your account.
  • You can give a song a thumbs up (will play often) or a thumbs down (will never play again).
  • Currently, you can listen to your Pandora account:

I wanted to find out if anyone had thought of using this app for educational purposes.

I found a couple of initiatives/fans:

  1. Emiliano De Laurentiis, in Williamstown, Massachusetts – who has developed and published interactive educational content since 1981 and who’s training is in cognitive sciences and educational technology – states:  “Educators can use Pandora Radio by having students listen to different music and try to determine what characteristics certain songs have in common.” http://knowledgeenvironments.blogspot.com/2008/08/pandora-radio-in-music-education.html
  2. This article: Philanthropy for Music Education describes a new partnership between Pandora and Global Giving to support students and classrooms that are using music to make a difference. It is the “beginning of what will become a continual effort to weave music-based philanthropy into Pandora”. For more info: http://www.pandora.com/static/philanthropy.shtml

Hopefully this application will find more enthusiasts who will uncover innovative instructional implementations!

You can access Pandora here: http://www.pandora.com

For more information go here: http://blog.pandora.com/faq/index.html

Resources: http://blog.pandora.com/faq/contents/13.html

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