Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Record Yourself - as a Gift or for the Substitute

Okay. So you think your singing voice is the pits, and definitely won't win you the Grammy. But your class doesn't think so. Which is why you definitely need to look into recording yourself singing the songs you all love to sing together. That way, when you're absent from class, your vocal presence will still give your students a sense of stability.

There are several ways you can do this. Easiest way is to sing via microphone onto a cassette, and transfer it onto a CD. Or you can record it on your computer and burn a CD. (There are several software programs that will work, such as Audacity. You only need to invest in a pair of headphones with a built-in microphone.) You don't need any sort of back-up. Acapella is perfect. Just be sure to announce the title the song before you begin to sing it.

I've had substitutes tell me how much they like the idea. And the kids are less likely to get out of hand when she uses the "be good and I'll let you sing a couple of songs" bribe.

As a bonus, you can burn copies relatively cheap and give them as Christmas presents, or as End of the Year Going Away gifts!

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