Learn how to setup your classroom and teach with Yousician

Equipment Setup, Teaching Tips and More

Introduction

Welcome to the Yousician for Teachers How-To page. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about the equipment you’ll need: approximate costs, where to buy it, and how to set it up to run group music lessons with Yousician in your classroom. We’ll also help you deliver the best music learning experience to your students with a few top tips and tricks.

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HOW TO SET UP YOUR CLASSROOM

Wondering what equipment you’ll need? Watch the videos below to learn what to get and how to assemble it to teach successfully in a group setting with Yousician. You can also download the instructions and equipment list as a PDF.

Equipment Video

This video details the list of items that you will need to run group music lessons with Yousician in your classroom. The cost for all materials is about $850, or €700. We’ve added some gear recommendations to make it easy for you to purchase everything you’ll need. In the PDF, you’ll find a list of items and approximate costs. Feel free to substitute any gear as needed.

We recommend that you have a full set of instruments (guitars/ukuleles) for your classroom so every student can participate and benefit from learning music with Yousician. 

Download the equipment list as a PDF HERE

Setup Tutorial

In this video, you’ll find step-by-step instructions to get Yousician set up for group lessons in your classroom. You can also download the tutorial as a PDF.

Download the step by step instructions as a PDF HERE

BENEFITS OF TEACHING WITH YOUSICIAN

  • Save time on lesson planning and focus on teaching with our extensive library of technique exercises, ear training exercises, scales, theory lessons, videos, educational games, and thousands of songs 
  • Inspire your students to learn, collaborate, and have fun with our gamified learning approach  
  • Assess and guide your students with ease, thanks to the best music teaching assistant available
  • Teach all the essential music concepts necessary for your students to reach an intermediate proficiency level in all five available instruments  
  • Watch your students fall in love with learning music
  • Effortlessly teach large groups of students

 

SEE HOW TEACHERS ARE USING YOUSICIAN
IN THE CLASSROOM

Yousician is the #1 music education platform in the world, with millions of users learning at home at their own pace. For years, music teachers have used it as a teaching tool to transform their music classes. Check out the videos below to see how two teachers have discovered the benefits of teaching with Yousician in group lessons:

HOW TO USE YOUSICIAN

Our instructional videos cover everything you need to get started.

How are you using Yousician?  Share your experiences, find peer support, and get answers to the questions you can’t google in the
Yousician for Teachers forum on Facebook.

Questions? Email teachers@yousician.com

DOWNLOADING, CREATING AN ACCOUNT AND INSTALLING ON MAC

Learn how to create an account, download, and install Yousician onto your Mac computer. Instructions for PC computers can be found here.
There’s no difference between the computer version and the mobile version of the app. We recommend that you install Yousician on all your devices for quick access.

INSTALLING AND CREATING AN ACCOUNT ON IOS

Learn how to download Yousician and create an account on your iPad or iPhone.

YOUSICIAN OVERVIEW

Watch a quick Yousician overview and learn how to navigate the app like a pro—from the first time you open the app to all its essential parts.

FIRST STEPS TO START TEACHING

Learn more about Yousician’s gamified aspect, so you can start exploring the app with your students. You’ll also find tips on what to assign to your students and which tools can be used alongside Yousician when teaching remotely.

TEACHING WITH VOICE: LEARN AND WORKOUT TABS, PLUS GAMEPLAY MODE

Yousician for Voice is an excellent tool to use with your students, whether you’re in the classroom or teaching remotely. Most students don’t have access to an instrument at home, but they all can expand their musicality through singing.

Learn more about the Learn and Workout tabs, and get a quick overview of the Gameplay Mode.

THE BUILT-IN PIANO AND OTHER ALTERNATIVES

A piano or electric keyboard is always best, but students who have no instruments at home can use Yousician’s built-in keyboard. There are tons of other options too, like virtual piano apps.

GUITAR LESSON EXAMPLE

Watch a guitar lesson in Yousician with tips on how to use the tempo slider to help your students practice those challenging phrases.

Find more information about incorporating Yousician into your teaching here.
 

Q&A

Can I use an android tablet instead of an iPad? 
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Yes, you can. That said, different brands and different processors could give different results. Whatever tablet you choose, we recommend using a device no older than 3 years. Also, each brand of Android devices requires different adapters to connect to the projector or TV. We recommend you research the specific adapter you will need to project the image to your classroom’s TV or projector if you are using an Android tablet.

 

Can I use a computer instead of a tablet?
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Yes, you can. Yousician can run on Mac or PC. If you wish to use a computer instead, you will need to have a separate USB audio interface to connect the microphone to it. 

Is it necessary to use a separate microphone?
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We recommend it for a better experience. A dedicated microphone will allow Yousician to listen to your students in a more precise way and therefore be more accurate, providing feedback. The tablet or computer’s built-in microphone could capture the sound of the room but is not as good as a separate microphone in a group setting. Also, the handheld microphone will allow you to assess an individual student’s performance while every student is involved.  

 

Are all students required to have their own iPad/tablet to participate in the class? 
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No. This system setup will allow you to run group lessons and include all your students with the use of only one iPad/tablet.

Do I have to use the iRig Pre, or can I use other preamplifiers?
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Other products are available, but we recommend the iRig Pre because it is the most popular and accessible. The preamp you choose to use must connect to the iPad/Tablet via the headphone jack. This is important since you will need the lightning port free to connect to the TV or projector.

 

Is it necessary to use an iPad/Tablet holder? 
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No, it’s not necessary, but we strongly recommend it. It’s the most secure way to prevent any accidental damage to your device. You can also use a regular music stand, but it is not as safe as a dedicated tablet holder.

 

What kind of amplifier can I use?
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You may use any amplifier that has a stereo input. The purpose of the amplifier is to project the sound coming from Yousician running on your iPad. Most vocal/guitar/bass amplifiers have an auxiliary input to connect external music players so you can sing or play along with your favorite songs. You may also use a PA system with multiple inputs. Each amplifier has a different auxiliary input connector that will determine what kind of stereo audio cable you will need to use (mini-jack, RCA, or double 6.3 mm mono jacks).

 

Can I use Yousician to teach one-on-one music lessons?
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Yes! Yousician works great for one-one music lessons, group lessons, remote learning and self-learning.