YouTube has a vast collection of videos that can be helpful when teaching. Whether you are referencing a popular tune or artist or demonstrating a style or technique, embedding a YouTube video in a lesson can be a powerful thing.
How to embed a YouTube video in your lesson
- Go to the YouTube video you want to embed
- Copy the URL of the video (see below for help with that)
- Back in LessonMate go to the lesson you want to embed into
- Click/tap the film icon in the toolbar above the text box
- Paste the URL into the popup box
- The video is now embedded in the lesson!
How do I copy the YouTube video URL?
- In desktop/laptop browsers click the URL bar then hit Edit then Copy
- In mobile browsers tap and hold the URL bar then tap Copy URL
- In the YouTube app on iOS hit Share then Copy Link
4 cool ways to use YouTube videos
If you're working on a particular song, find an alternative version on YouTube and add it to the lesson. Working on a classical piece? Find a heavy metal rendition! Playing a jazz standard? Search for an electronic version with a different slant.
YouTube is a great source for finding instrumental versions of songs, even when no original instrumental exists. These can be great for students who want to focus on the instrumentation and structure without getting distracted by the lyrics.
Similar to instrumentals, karaoke versions exist for thousands of popular pieces. They often have the benefit of lyric displayed on the screen as the song played. Perfect for vocal practice!
Interviews & Breakdowns
Aside from embedding music videos you can embed any kind of video that the student might find inspiring. An interview with the artist or band. What were the motivations behind the song? What difficulties were they facing when they wrote it? Song breakdowns can also be very educational. Breaking the song into pieces and analyzing the structure, arrangement, etc.