Pandora: the many educational uses!

As I have mentioned, a fascinating part of working at Pandora is hearing about the wild variety of people who use Pandora in such a variety of different ways. Many people have written to us to tell us that they use Pandora in classrooms of all types…from kindergartners to grad students.
One teacher in Hawaii taught her young students about music appreciation by using Pandora. She required that they each make their own stations and get to know a little bit about their musical tastes. She wrote to us to say how well it was going, and that some of her students routinely stayed in from recess so that they could listen to Pandora.
Another teacher mentioned that he teaches at-risk kids. He wrote to us to tell us how helpful Pandora has been for him. He makes custom Pandora stations that are mellow and promote calm and he plays them during class to improve behavior and learning in his students.


Some professors are requiring that their college students create Pandora stations to learn about musicology, others web design. Not to mention the theses and dissertations that are being written about Pandora as we speak! Even non-academic classrooms benefit from using Pandora; a young woman in San Francisco let us know that she uses Pandora to find music for her dance classes.
Outside of the classroom, the older generation has been educating the younger generations about the music they used to listen to. We’ve had reports from grandparents who are quite bemused to find that the grandkids love their Pandora stations that showcase music from their own youth. They write in to say how funny it is to hear their grandkids distractedly singing the words to pop songs from long-past decades.
Of course there are scores of us who aren’t using Pandora in any structured educational context but are plenty interested in learning about our own musical tastes. Clicking on ‘why is this song playing’ is such a treasure hunt! Who knew I would like ‘trippy soundscapes’ and ‘highly synthetic sonority’ in some of my music? (Scratch Bass Radio)
cheers, Lucia
written while listening to:
Frente! Radio
Thanks to the handful of you who recommended that we add this Australian folk-pop band to our collection; they’re great!

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7 thoughts on “Pandora: the many educational uses!

  1. that is amzing I guess you would have never thouight that you could use pandora like that
    but it is fantasic but plaese let people overseas sign up soon plaese

  2. I love Pandora but the kids really should go out for recess to get exercise!

  3. To the incredibley hip teacher in Hawaii:
    Thank you for bringing music appreciation into your classroom and allowing your kids to use Pandora as a learning tool to discover and expand their own mucial tastes. Learning music should be fun and I can see a “Pandora Generation” of kids that grow up listening to music outside of commercial driven pop radio and changing their world around them. My hat’s off to you :) That’s what teaching is all about.

  4. I teach special needs young adults. They are all at different levels of functioning, but what they all share is their love of music.
    Anyone know of a way to come up with a simple “Name That Tune” game that I could customize with their music?

  5. Frente! — Geeze I haven’t thought of them is ages. I actually caught them live at a free outdoor show in DC back in ’94 right after Marvin the Album came out. As I recall it was a fun gig.

  6. Ah, Frente! Great music, but tragically I can’t get the image of the lead singer’s UNSHAVEN UNDERARMS (glimpsed several times in their “Ordinary Angels” video) out of my head anytime I think of them. I know it’s small of me, but I was only a junior in high school when I saw the video, and I was apparently a little TOO young and impressionable at the time.
    johnseeking — classroom teacher (and avid Pandora listener/advocate)

  7. We use Pandora as a motivator for our physical education classes while the students do activities. I’m just upset that I didn’t find you sooner! Thank you…!