Selecting Third-Party Audio

We strongly recommend sourcing all third-party audio content from Spotify. Previews of Spotify content may appear in Active Learning or in line with interactive ebook text. Material from other third-party sources will be presented via links. It may not be possible to include those links in some activities.


Spotify is a commercial streaming service of DRM-protected music. It allows playback of individual songs or playlists. There are two tiers of service: Spotify Free and Spotify Premium.


  • Students will need to create free Spotify accounts to access this content. Premium accounts are not required.
  • The free accounts have some limitations:
    • Students must be online to stream music.
    • The streams will include Spotify’s ads.
  • Spotify material must be accompanied by at least two other activity types and account for less than half of the total Active Learning content.
  • Spotify audio may not be included in some activities, including flashcards, games, quizzes, and tests.

Finding Audio Content on Spotify

  • Go to
  • Create a Spotify account and/or log in.
  • Click Search.
  • In the search field, type in the name of the artist, song, or podcast that interests you.
  • Use the filters to help you locate the song(s) you are looking for.
  • Add each item you wish to include in your Active Learning playlist(s) to your audio log.

What You Need to Submit

  • Audio log for all Spotify recordings (separate file)