In my previous blog, I had written about the popular sites to choose free music files for your E-Learning project. After identifying the different websites you might be wondering as to which music should be included in your online courses and where. I have made your life simpler by giving you cues in this blog as to how do you choose music for your next e-learning project.

My approach is firstly I have listed down the screens of e-learning, where the music can be used. Based on these listings, I have suggested what are the various kinds of music, which can be used for those screens. Let us begin with introduction screen.

• Introduction

Introduction screen is the first screen which the learner will see when he launches the module. As goes the saying, “First impression is the best impression”. With the help of music and sound clips, a positive experience gets created in the learner’s mind and he/she looks forward to completing the e-learning. So here are some of the types of music, which helps to create a positive impression for the learner :

i) Happy Mood Music

Happy mood music helps in uplifting the mood of the learners while going through the module. It will make the learners happy and helps in better engagement with the module. Happy Mood music might be a popular jazz song or an reggee number which makes the learners happy.

ii) Musical Loops

According to Wikipedia, “It can be defined as repeating a section of sound material”. This kind of music is used to add depth and emotions for your learners in order to engage them with the e-learning. The music can be pleasant, relaxing music in order to create a positive environment for the user.
It is particularly used for introduction, scenarios, and videos as well.

• Assessments

Most of the e-Learning modules will be having assessments like quizzes, MCQ, Fill in the blanks, drag-drop etc in order to test the user’s knowledge about a particular topic. Music and sound clips play a very significant role in e-learning assessment especially while giving the feedback to the learners. Imagine a situation where the learner is given a wrong or correct feedback without any music/sound clip..will it not be too bland and boring….totally mute! Reverse it and what if you include an applause sound or a trumpeting music to encourage the learner whenever he chooses the correct answer.

i) Pace & Rhythm Music

Pace & rhythm music can be used in the quiz section of the module. If the user is running out of time while doing any particular assessment, then a fast paced music can help the learner to quickly attempt the assessment. This music encourages the learners to keep up with the tempo thus helping them to complete the assessment.

ii) Motivational Music

Motivational music can be used to boost the morale of the learners while attempting the summative assessment. This kind of music can be used in Personality Development, Grooming, etiquette courses as it motivates the employee to focus on the learning objectives and deliver the desired results.

• Theme based and gamified e-learning modules

In my view a good e-learning theme is lifeless without theme music. As theme music helps the audience to relate to the theme. Theme music suits you the best when you are creating gamification module on a particular theme.

i) Theme music

Theme music can be used to supplement to bring the feel of a real life environments such as the workplace, on the factory, nature sounds etc. By incorporating theme music you can help the learners to relate to the scenario which is taking place in the module.

For example: If the learner is playing a course which is having an adventure theme you can include Adventure music like Jungle music, animal sounds and nature music in order to relate it to the theme.
Theme music also plays a major role in gamified e-learning modules. For example a gamified module with a theme of formula one car race can include fast paced music, which gives a high adrenaline rush to the learners.

Gamified e-learning modules will definitely have mechanics like points, badges etc, which act as rewards and recognition for the learners. You can use motivational music and applause sound clips at such instances.

• Simulations

Inclusion of scenarios in e-learning strengthen the decision making capabilities of learners and keep the learners on the toes. Thus by adding motivational / ambient music to the e-learning scenarios helps to spice up your e-learning course by connecting the audience to the particular scenario.

i) Ambient Music

According to Wikipedia, “Ambient Music can be defined as the music that puts an emphasis on tone and atmosphere over traditional musical structure or rhythm. It uses repetitive, soothing sound patterns which is intended to relax the user”. Since scenarios involve an element of decision making something which is very soothing should be incorporated to add the zing to your e-learning course.

So I hope this blog can help you choose the music for your next e-learning course.