The video above, about a Chicken Salad Wrap recipe, it includes songs invented, on the spot, by 5th graders at Ashley Elementary.
Sometimes it’s fun to add some music to a story. It’s tempting to use canned music that’s been created by someone else, and that can be fine for in-school projects. But if you’re going to post the story to the web, keep in mind that a lot of the favorite music that we here in the world is copyrighted, and if you don’t have permission to post it on the web, that can be a problem. Sometimes, you can get permission to use someone’s music, OR you can find canned music that’s copyright free. OR, there’s another way, that adds even more of a student flavor to what they do . . .
Inventing songs and making beats is a natural for many young journalists. Some are experienced singers and take to this fast. Others never knew they could be singers and performers and discover a talent. Our goal at Eatyourradio is to share what KIDS have to say, so we love it when students invent their own songs. Here’s how you can do it!
- Ask your team about a key idea they want to get across (1-3 words is ideal)
- Ask them to start saying that phrase 10 times in a row. Try it yourself to get them started. You’ll start to notice that they get into a rhythm and that they settle into a sort of melody.
- Say the phrase back to the group, sharing how you’re hearing the rhythm and the melody. Ask them to make even MORE of a rhythm and melody this time, and START RECORDING
- Record the team saying the phrase at least 10 times in a singing way.
- Ask them to choose 1 WORD and make that into a song in a similar way, and record that, too.
- Ask them to HUM the song, and record a minute of the team humming.
- Do the same with beats. You need about a minute of beat to find the right parts.
- You can use all these different recorded parts to mix together and blend into the story or announcement the team is doing. The student-created “music” adds beauty and interest. And . . . You’ll be surprised how often these steps actually make a song!