Soundslice lets you create web-based music lessons and share them privately with students. One way to do this is by creating a private course.
This page describes everything you need to know about how private courses work.
A course is a collection of slices that you share with other Soundslice users. It’s a way of bundling slices together and saying “I want to make these specific slices available to a specific group of students.”
A course can have any number of slices, and it can have any number of students. You can create a course to share a single slice with a single student, or you can create a course to share dozens of slices with dozens of students.
It’s easy to create courses — everything’s done directly on our website. And it’s easy for students to access courses — they just need to have an Internet connection and a free Soundslice account.
First, you’ll need to have a Teacher account. That’s what gives you the ability to create private courses and share them with students.
Here’s a detailed look at how to put a course together:
When you’ve added some slices and are ready to share the course, the final step is to add students. You can either add students directly or send them a course code.
To add students directly, edit your course and click the “Students” tab. For each student, enter their email address and click “Add student.” Note that they must already have a free Soundslice account in order for this to work, and you’ll need to know which email address they used for their Soundslice account.
As soon as you do this, the student will have access to your course. They’ll be able to access it by logging into Soundslice and clicking “Courses.” Here is the direct link to the courses you currently have access to.
To use course codes, edit your course and click the “Students” tab. You’ll see a message about a course code. Copy this, then communicate it to your students however you’d like (email, in person, etc.).
The student will go to soundslice.com/coursecode and enter the code you’ve provided. As part of this, they’ll either log into their existing Soundslice account or create a new free account (with username and password).
As soon as they enter the correct course code, they’ll have access to your course. They’ll be able to access it by logging into Soundslice and clicking “Courses.” Here is the direct link to the courses you currently have access to.
The courses system is straightforward. You can always add/remove slices via the “Slices” tab, and you can always add/remove students via the “Students” tab.
Note that if you remove a slice from a course, the slice will still be available in your slice manager. However, if you delete a slice from the slice manager, it will be removed from all courses it’s in.
Here are some assorted questions and answers:
The student will no longer be able to access that slice. It will not have been saved on their computer.
No, they do not see any information about other students in the course.
Either approach works! Different teachers have different perspectives on this. Do you want to make it possible for students to work ahead, or do you deliberately want to avoid students from working ahead (perhaps because they might not be ready for the material)?
Another consideration is your workload. It’s easy to add a slice to a course, but it’s something you need to remember to do. If you add all the slices to the course when you create the course, then you can “set it and forget it.”
You can do that too! See our separate page, Sharing slices: A guide. You have several options.
Your courses remain in our system, but students won’t be able to access them anymore. If you decide to upgrade to the Teacher account again, the courses will be right where you left them, ready to be used again.
Questions? Problems? Feedback? Get in touch any time! We’d love to hear from you.