A collaborative music project

angieyon's picture
Content Area(s):  
Grade Level(s):  
Oregon Common Core State Standards: 
Lesson Plan Details
4 weeks

Students will learn...

How to work with a processing program to create and edit work.

how to record and edit using audacity

how to plan and create a video.

how to use movie maker to edit video clips

how to use a video recorder.


Internet browser

video camera

recording software

word processing program


Prior to instruction, the teacher needs to...


make sure students will have access to required materials.

become familiar with movie maker and audacity.


Students were assigned to work in groups to rewrite the lyrics to a songs so the song would have educational value. 

Together, students decided on a subject they would focus on while rewriting their song.  They chose their song, and then worked on rewriting the lyrics.  

Students worked in teams with the rhythm of the lyrics, typing and editing their new lyrics.

I downloaded both the original song, and the karaoke version of the song, and students spent time practicing their new lyrics with music.  When they were ready, we recorded their new version using audacity.

Next, students made a storyboard for their music video.  They gathered and made the necessary props and backgrounds.

They used a video camera to shoot scenes for their videos and then edited them using Windows Movie Maker.  This last step was done with considerable help from me.

Lastly, the videos were put on Vimeo, and then linked to our classroom blog.


Assessment was done periodically during this project. 

Completed lyrics

Recorded song

Storyboard for video

Completed Video project

Oregon Educational Technology Standards
Creativity and Innovation: 
1A. Apply existing knowledge to forecast possibilities and generate new ideas, products or processes.
1B. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
Communication and Collaboration: 
2A. Interact and collaborate with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
2D. Contribute to project teams. Produce original works or solve problems in a team setting.
Research and Information Fluency: 
3C. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making: 
4B. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
Digital Citizenship: 
5A. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and digital technology.
5B. Model and practice a positive attitude toward using digital technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
5C. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
Technology Operations and Concepts: 
6A. Select, use, and troubleshoot tools efficiently.
6B. Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.
Career Related Learning Standards
Personal Management: 
CR1A. Identify tasks that need to be done and initiate action to complete the tasks.
CR2A. Plan, organize, and complete projects and assigned tasks on time, meeting agreed upon standards of quality.
CR3A. Take responsibility for decisions and actions and anticipate consequences of decisions and actions.
CR4A. Maintain regular attendance and be on time.
Problem Solving: 
CR2A. Identify problems and locate information that may lead to solutions.
CR2C. Assess the consequences of the alternatives.
CR3A. Locate, process, and convey information using traditional and technological tools.
CR3C Give and receive feedback in a positive manner.
angelajaros's picture

What a fun lesson! I would love to use this lesson at the end of the year and have the kids rewrite the song using lyrics describing their fifth grade experience. 

angie_ortiz-mcneese's picture

I wonder how audacity is same/different than other recording programs - PC versus Mac?

I would like to have more resources for making storyboards - student-level examples.  I have used Comic Life to create storyboards for an iMovie project.

angieramirez's picture

I appreciate that this lesson uses multiple intelligences.  Allowing students to use a favorite song to learn content must have been a huge motivator for students.  I can imagine that by grouping students of various academic levels, everyone in the team had an opportunity to showcase their strengths.  I plan to use your idea of having students rewrite the lyrics to a song. Thanks for sharing such a great lesson.

Tami Dillon's picture

I love how this lesson is designed to engage so many different learners!

This would be a fascinating lesson to watch!