Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Enjoy karaoke with Microsoft Songsmith

Microsoft Songsmith is an amazing programme to use in the classroom for creating songs. The students absolutely love it.

What is Songsmith?
Songsmith is a pretty smart programme that creates musical accompaniment to match the voice of whoever is singing. All you have to do is choose a musical style, sing into your PC or laptop microphone, and Songsmith will come up with the backing track for your music. After that you can share your songs with your friends and family, post your songs online, or create your own music videos.

Songsmith is free for teachers
The great news is that Songsmith is free for teachers to use in their classrooms. 
Let’s look at this great infomercial from Microsoft Research.





Classroom ideas
• Use it as a reward period for your students
• Make up songs about the curriculum (Maths, Grammar, Poems, Facts from particular subjects)
• Create backings for class movies
• Use in music lessons

Tutorials
Here is a tutorial from the UK Partners in Learning site.

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