March Music Madness 2023 FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
This annual competition is held every March and features 16 songs from the previous year. For each bracket, students listen to two songs and vote for their favorite. The song with the most votes moves on in the tournament.
Students can vote online at SpanishPlans.org/mmm23/vote
What is this all about?
This is a knock-out style tournament where two songs from the last 12 months face off against each other to see which song advances to the next round. Students in Spanish classes listen to the songs and vote for their favorite. It is a super fun and engaging activity that students generally name as one of their favorite activities of the year.
How do I participate?
Each day in class play the songs for that day’s bracket and have your students vote for their favorite. The playlists are available on the Home Page. Then have your students vote in the poll for their favorite to see which song advances to the next round. All classrooms are welcome to participate and participation is completely free.
I’ve seen other brackets online. What’s the difference?
The phenomenon of a Spanish song bracket tournament took off after our original tournament in 2014. This year will be our 10th annual competition, the longest of any other tournaments you may see. One main difference from ours is that our songs must be current (from the previous 12 months).
When does this start?
The national voting polls will be open from March 6 and a winner will be selected after March 24 with official nationwide winners being selected by the dates on this calendar:
However our tournament is flexible so that you can do it in your own classroom at any point. You can choose to run your classroom tournament alongside the national vote or do it on your own. We encourage teachers to tally a school-wide vote and compare it to the national vote.
How are the songs chosen?
All songs must be released within the past 12 months. We start by looking at the top hits of the year and weed out the inappropriate songs. We look for songs and artists that are popular and would likely be heard on the radio within latin stations in the US. We try to include a variety of genres and also look at the awards shows to find award-winning artists.
Are these songs appropriate?
All videos should be appropriate for most school settings, however, you will want to preview any videos before you show them to make sure they fit with your school’s culture. If you are not comfortable with any videos, you can choose to show the lyric video instead. You don’t even need to show any videos – it’s a music competition, so students should be voting based on the song, not the video.
For the first round, I personally do not show the official video, as I want the students to focus on the music/song itself and not vote based on the video. You can choose to show the lyric video instead. By the second round, I usually show the official video.
What songs are involved this year?
Do I have to vote online?
Online polls will be set up so that students can vote with their peers across the nation. Voting will be conducted through an online poll so all votes must be entered from an internet-connected device.
Teachers may direct students to the voting page or you will be able to send them a direct link to the poll. You might send this link to students via email, your own website, sharing the url in class, or posting to a class management site like Google Classroom.
Students find it motivating to vote when they are voting with a national audience. However, you could also vote in class and choose the winning song from your own classes/students. You can also do both and compare your classes tally with the national poll.
Do I have to follow the same schedule?
No, you can choose your own schedule, however, the “official” winner, as voted on by our national poll, will be determined by the end of the 2nd day of the poll.
However, we realize that every school has a different schedule, for that reason, we make our bracket available for teachers to choose how to best use it in their own classroom according to a schedule that makes most sense for them.
How long will the polls be open?
The polls will be left open for teachers who are not following the official schedule on the exact same schedule, but the official winner will be determined by the number of votes received at the end of the second day. All polls will remain open until April 4, 2023.
Do I need to buy anything?
Nope. Participation in the tournament is completely free as teachers can download the bracket, access a playlist, and vote on our website. We do offer a product that includes all the printable materials (brackets), as well as full lyrics for all songs, and several ready-to-use activities for select songs. We also give you 18 ideas on creating your own activities for ANY song, whether for this tournament or at any point of the year. If you participate and want to support us, you can purchase our product on TpT. Join our facebook group to collaborate with other teachers and share materials in our shared Google Drive. You can also choose to donate a “cup of coffee” to support the many hours it takes to organize this and the costs to host the polls.
Oh yes! We are hosting a contest open to teachers only. Before the tournament starts, teachers can submit their predictions on which songs they think will win. No purchase is necessary for teachers to participate in the tournament or the contest. Link to be shared in FB group and on social media.
For any additional questions contact us, find us on social media @SpanishPlans, or post on our tournament Facebook group.
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