New lesson / activities Plans for teachers, music educators, Music Therapists therapy: Purpose is to show you that you can change and alter music to help teach conceptual learning! This is Part ONE of Four: changing file forms to work within the AUDACITY free audio editor. Use the free file converter "file factory" from the cnet website. (virus proofed!) Part two will explain some basics about Audacity and music editing from your mp3 or CD song choice. Slow down music! Shorten it! Lengthen it! Remove or double parts! preschool music for babies, kindergarten, elementary and highschool songs. Adolescents music too! More below: Reasons to slow down, speed up, delete parts, copy parts, rearrange parts to songs for Music Therapy adaptation for specific groups/individuals.
Why would a therapist want to rework and use a recorded piece of music for young children? 1) to expose children to new and different sounds and musical experiences in the efforts to stimulate their perception of and attention to auditory input. 2) a recorded song has good content but could be altered to better address the needs of the children 3) to help the children learn it, to aid in the teaching process. 4) to arrange a karaoke/instrumental track to suit their group by slowing the tempo, raising the pitch a little, omitting or repeating parts. 5) to have their hands free to teach related sign language or motions. 6) lack of staff during specific group times. 7) an overloaded work schedule. 8) to tailor music for the needs of the clients or actual therapy room by removing certain frequencies or boosting others.
. The following are some of the other reasons why I use recorded music in the first place. I get:
1) sickness 2) allergies 3) sore throat/laryngitis 4) headaches 5) fighting off all of the above.
Being that there are reasons to use recorded music, how are we to tailor something in digital form for a group of children?
Slowing Down a Song:
A specific song can be just too fast to meet client needs, even though the content and style would work to support their learning objectives.
Copying and deleting section of a song:
Some songs have some content that is just what we need when addressing a specific need area, so much so that repetition would be beneficial. However, other parts of that same song might be counterproductive: may be too long, too (auditorily) distractible or understimulating etc. You can literally cut, paste, copy and delete to format a song into your specific teaching objectives.
There are also Audacity components that can help you raise or lower the pitch of a song. You can change the equalization, and fade in, fade out and add reverb.
Please give this a try if you think it would be helpful. It's not hard. Please be aware than when downloading free programs you are often given opportunities to download other free programs, tool bars, and search engines. These "opportunities" come in the form of checked boxes. You will need to uncheck any boxes with products that you do not want on your computer! Secondly, you may eventually get a dialog that says your free trial is over. It is not uncommon that when you go to remove the particular program you are given a change to downgrade to the "free version" -- which often works just fine. And just to err on the side of caution; whenever I download anything, I follow up with a complete virus scan.
You will need to download one program for audio converting and another to do the actual editing. Again,
The first thing you will may need to do is convert the song into a form recognized by the audio editing program, which is usually .mp3 or .wav form. The associated programs I use are available from http://www.cnet.com. There are probably dozens of such programs and they can all be helpful.
If your music is already in mp3 form, you do not need to change it. If you will be using songs pulled from CDs, you will need to change it from a "Title.wma" into an "Title.mp3" or "Title.wav" form. This is simple and here is how to do it.