You can use iTunes to store and play your music.
As a facilitator it is a very useful way to manage your music for different exercises and processes.
Use the playlist function to create folders and lists for each process.
It takes a long time to get set up, but once you have it in place you can use it over and over again for your workshops and sessions.
A folder holds several playlists in one place.
A playlist is a list of songs to be payed in order for a particular exercise.
Group related playlists into one folder to make a cleaner organisational structure in your iTunes.
For example, on the left you can see a sample of some of the folders in Shashi's iTunes. These are folders that help her manage different workshops and exercises.
A folder, such as "jade egg" contains several playlists used in jade egg meditations.
When you open the folder you will find four playlists: there is one for the first entry of the jade egg, one for rebirthing with a jade egg, another playlists for weight lifting and a fourth one for a yin class in jade egg.
Ways to Use Playlists and Folders
There are many ways you can use playlists and folders, and it is good to adjust your organisation to serve your usage. i.e. as you start to work, notice what music you are searching for and what you use a lot and then create playlists to support that.
- Individual Exercises: you can make a playlist for an exercise such as "transfiguration" or "eye gazing"/
- Moods: create playlists that evoke certain emotional states, such as "uplifting" or "deeply touching". Then you can just reach for those when you want to move a certain energy or you feel a certain energy in the group room.
- Party Lists: arrange a few lists of good dance music. You can use these for starting a workshop or party events in the evenings.
- Arrival Music: you can make a few playlists for creating an atmosphere as people enter the workshop space.
- Break Times: gather music for a chilled out vibe in break times. I like to use bajans as they clear the space and help people to transform heavier emotions.
- Meditations: create a playlist of set meditations such as Osho's Kundalini or a guided Yoga Nidra.
- Meditative: gather meditative background music that you can use as your guide your own meditations.
- Quotes: gather short quotes from teachers that serve your teachings, for example Osho quotes, David Deida, Ram Dass and so on.
- Sharings: it can be good to find very non-invasive music to play quietly in the background when people are sharing. Like music in a restaurant, this can help people to relax and open up.
- Endings/ Completions: think about music to wrap up workshops or processes. Shashi has a whole playlist of "thank you" songs for this purpose!