Here are 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.
Have fun! 🙌