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Background Music for Training Activities


I've recently attended a few seminars where music has been played in the background especially during activities and exercises. I'm eagre to learn more about any benefits music and sounds have on the learning experience. I'm also eagre to learn about it's limitations. I understand that PRS is bound to be one of those. Perhaps there are sounds or tunes that fall outside the PRS remit, bird song, wind in trees or children laughing playing perhaps.

Can anyone help?
Edward Voller

5 Responses

  1. Tony Harvey
    Hi Edward,

    I was introduced to this subject during my CTP foundation course. the trainer was Tony Harvey (an excellent trainer). He co-wrote a book called Choosing and Using Music in Training.

    I would start there.

    The pprinciple i believe is to set the mood of the group by using music.

    If you want an energetic session then use upbeat music if you want to calm the group down use something slower.

    Hope this helps


  2. Accelerated learning
    Music is widely accepted as an accelerated learning technique.

    This question has been asked in various forms on this forum before. If you type in ‘music’ in the search facility you will receive lots of previous answers.

    A wide selection of royalty free music can be obtained at


  3. check copyright and licence
    I agree with what has already been said. However, as a cautionary note I would suggest that you take note of the copyright issues and the licencing requirements for what is public broadcast use and not personal use.

  4. sound quality

    You really do have to make sure that the tone of the background music is not overpowering.  You want to create a pleasant atmosphere, but too much can be disturbing.  I have seen some outfits use sound blankets to keep the tone in an adquate state. What other ideas do you have to achieve the right sound at these events?


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