I’m writing this post because organizing my music for the spin classes I teach is definitely one of the more challenging aspects of teaching. In the winter I teach about 6 cycling classes a week so it is so important for me to keep my music organized. This way I can quickly make new playlists, and I won’t get too bored with my music. I’m sure there are lots of other spin instructors out there who would agree that when they can’t find new music they just end up more or less playing the same songs over and over and that gets BORING. Okay, so here’s what I do to stay organized and keep those playlists fresh and fun.
1. First off, you can’t find new music unless you look for it. If you teach many classes a week listening to the radio and playing those hits you hear is going to get real old real fast. You’re not going to find new music on the radio. Well, maybe you will… like once a month. Where do I find my music? I look on blogs for playlists, search spin studios in larger cities on Facebook and they’ll usually have a playlist posted every so often, you can also search for spin studios on Spotify, Spotify top 100 playlist. Like I said, it’s a process! I’ll find a playlist from somewhere else, listen to all of it, and end up choosing a song or two to add to my library. Like I said, it’s a very time consuming process. We don’t all have the same taste in music!
2. Okay so now you’ve found some new songs you like… what do you do with them? I’ve created playlists labeled with the current month. So if I found some songs that I liked today, I would add them right to my “June” playlist.
3. From there, you have all your current favorite songs in one location ready to make your playlists. But what about those old songs you might want to revisit? I put all my older music into 6 playlists: warm up, flat roads, sprints, hills, games, and cool down.
4. When June is over, I will go through the June music and add the songs to the appropriate playlist. This way they’re ready and waiting to get used again and I can find them quickly and easily.
5. I will date each of my playlists and keep them around for a week or so, incase I want to reuse a playlist. Then they get deleted, but all the songs are still saved in either the current month’s playlist or one of the categories.
So there you go, a great way to organize your music. This works really well for me and saves me a lot of time and keeps me from getting too bored listening to the same song over and over again!