Heardle Listening Activity (Music)

[Important Note: Some Heardle songs use explicit language. Please screen your daily songs before presenting them to your classes!]

Everyone seems to be captivated with Wordle, Byrdle, Octordle, etc. I have enjoyed completing my daily Heardle which is a name-that-tune-type activity that presents one second, then two seconds, then three seconds, etc. of a song up to a maximum of sixteen seconds.

UPDATE [Note: Although the daily Heardle has been discontinued, but there is a new Heardle game <- *click that link* that allows you to explore as many activities as you want rather than one per day.]

I implemented this activity into my college music appreciation course last semester not only to challenge students to identify the song and artist, but to put their knowledge of the fundamental elements of music to the test. As I screen mirrored the activity to our AppleTV and played each segment, students used the attached Pages document to make notes and see how quickly they could identify meter, tempo, tonality, instrumentation, and any other elements within the short clips presented.

I found that this activity helped students to apply the concepts discussed in class to more familiar popular styles of music. This warm-up activity was very effective in setting the stage for a great class session each day.

I always had this document available in Pages, PDF, and in print so that all students could participate in their preferred methods (even if they forgot to charge their iPads the night before). 😄


2 replies

March 11, 2023

What a great idea! The Heardle is such a relevant way for students to test their knowledge. I bet students have fun with this in class. Thanks for sharing the template!

November 03, 2023

Thanks, Jessica! Yes, the students really enjoy the warm-up and it also serves as attendance for me since we take the first five minutes of class to do this.

Funny story: We found a random soccer trophy in our classroom that has now become the daily Heardle trophy. When a student guesses the song within 1-2 seconds, I present the ⚽️ trophy and smile for the imaginary photo shoot. In class yesterday, a student’s friend actually took the photo. 📸 We have had lots of fun in that class this semester! 😁 

Teacher presenting a soccer trophy to a laughing music appreciation student. An iPad on the desk shows a Heardle worksheet.
Today’s Heardle Trophy Presentation 😆⚽️🏆

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