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Private courses on Soundslice

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.

What is a course?

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.

Some examples:

  • Jane gives private, in-person piano lessons. She creates a separate Soundslice course for each of her students, because each student has slightly different repertoire.
  • Josh is a high-school band director. He creates a single course for the semester’s band repertoire, and every student in the band joins that course.
  • Jim is a choir director. He creates a single course for his choir, and every choir member joins the course.
  • Jill teaches a weekly “Intro to guitar” course at a community arts center. At the start of each six-week session, she creates a Soundslice course and invites the new batch of students to use it. The course content is always the same across sessions, but she creates a new Soundslice course each time, to keep the students organized.

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.

How it works

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:

  1. Create slice(s) that sync video/audio with music notation. See Managing content on Soundslice for the nuts and bolts how to create slices.
  2. After you’ve created slices, create a course. Make sure to choose “Share privately with your students.”
  3. Once you’ve created the course, you’ll be taken to its list of slices — which will be empty to start. Click “Add slices to this course” and add the slice(s) that comprise the course. You can reorder them as needed, and you can always add more slices later.
  4. Click the “Files” tab to add extra lesson materials, such as PDFs or images.
  5. Click the “Settings” tab to add useful information — a tagline, an image and intro text for students.
  6. Click the “Students” tab to manage the list of students in the course. At the start, your course won’t have any students yet.

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.

Adding students directly

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.

Adding students with course codes

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.

Course management

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.

Frequently asked questions

Here are some assorted questions and answers:

Can the same slice be in multiple courses?

Yes indeed!

Can the same student be in multiple courses?

Yes indeed!

What happens if I remove a slice from a course after a student has accessed it?

The student will no longer be able to access that slice. It will not have been saved on their computer.

Can students see a list of the other students in the course?

No, they do not see any information about other students in the course.

I teach an in-person class with a syllabus. Is it better to add ALL my slices to the course from the start, or add slices incrementally (like one per week)?

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.”

What if I want to share slices with students without requiring them to have Soundslice accounts?

You can do that too! See our separate page, Sharing slices: A guide. You have several options.

What happens if I cancel my Teacher account?

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.

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