Composing Using My Singing Monsters – Part 1

This summer I came across a wonderful new-to-me app called My Singing Monsters.20131016-190432.jpg

I showed it to my music techie friends Carol Broos and Jennifer Kolze and now they too are addicted. We were so amused we even recorded a podcast about it for the aRTs Roundtable.

As I played the game it struck me that monsters are basically singing various ostinato patterns. It was a more advanced version of what we already do for some of my 2nd and 3rd grade music classes. Once I had this thought, I realized this game would be a great addition to my music curriculum. I decided I wanted to use it to get the kids composing. Creating something is very important in my room. I wanted the kids to create their own monster sound and record a song using their classmates’ sounds as a sound bank. If My Singing Monsters had included in the app the ability to record I probably would have just had the students create a song using the monster sounds included in that game but that is not an option at this time. So decided to go all out and have the kids create all of it. After looking around I found an app called Mad Pad that would let me make short recordings attached to a video. So Mad Pad and My Singing Monsters were the 2 main apps that the students used to complete this project. Enough back story! On with the process!

First we played the game in music class. Plain and simple. Sometimes I would ask questions about the sounds the monsters were making. Was the sound high or low? Was it vocal or instrumental? Did it sound fast or slow? But for the most part we just had a good time playing the game. I did manage to pull in some math connections. Very quickly the coins begin to add up in the game. So we have been getting some great practice at reading numbers in the hundreds of thousands and even in the millions. This was my contribution to Common Core Math. I could have really gone crazy and asked them to subtract and add up our various coins but time is limited in my class room so we kept it basic.

After we had at least four monsters in class’s game, I started throwing in questions like:

Do all the monsters sing at the same time for the whole song? (The monsters take turns. Sometimes their parts overlap but only when it sounds nice together.)

Is there a pattern to the monster song? Can you predict when a monster will start singing again? (Yes but the more monsters you have the harder this becomes for elementary students)

What types of sounds do the monsters make? (They sing high and low. The Entbrat even yell sings, which can lead to great discussions about proper singing technique. Some make percussive sounds like a beat box. Some play instruments.)

Part 2 – Making Our Own Monsters



242 thoughts on “Composing Using My Singing Monsters – Part 1

  1. Omg this is so cool it is well better than MOSHI MONSTERS™ MY SINGING MONSTERS ™ IS WELL BOSS CAUS U GET TO HAVE MOR THAN 1 MONSTER OH YEAH F………..R……………I.?………………….E……..ND ME:-) :-) :-) :-)

  2. The comment below has been edited by the webmaster to eliminate abusive language:

    this teacher’s class must be *********!! because she sounds like a *********, is her music class special Ed?

  3. Sammy,
    Your comment was very hurtful. I hope someone is talking with you about how to leave a positive digital footprint because your comment content and language both seem to indicate that you don’t understand proper digital citizenship. If you didn’t enjoy reading about how we are using MSM in our music classes, you need to find a way to say so that is not nearly so abusive. Some of the words you wrote were very poor choices. Please don’t use the internet as a place to be mean to others just because you will probably never meet them face to face. Everything you do on the internet comes back to reflect on you in real life, please consider that before you leave your next webpage comment.

  4. Hey guys! I get lonely on the island! Jk! But indon’t have a single friend! So if u could do me a favor…. Here is my friend referel code: 10699991JL ! Thanx sooo much! And to brenda, i JUST LOVE YOUR CREATIVE WAY OF THINKING AND LEARNING! I’m in 6th grade and my teacher for homeroom thinks very similar to u! And i live it! And sammy, that was uncalled for! If u dont like what ur reading… THEN JUST STOP READING IT AND GO SOME WHERE ELSE! NO ONE LIKES A HATER!

  5. My singing monsters is way better than minion rush. On my singing monsters you can get cool monsters like embrat! My friend code is:11146427kn

  6. Hi again you should get my singing monsters is epic!
    I wish that they had new monsters it would be even better then more people would get it.

  7. I LOVE MY SINGING MONSTERS SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!! Greatest game ever! I am as well a sixth grader and this game beats all! Those of you who have not tried it or hate the game, pls give it a chance! You’ll love it! #MySingingMonsters

  8. Thanks for the support Danielle. Your home room teacher sounds like a fun person to know!

  9. It cool all about my singing monsters it like in real life i play it in real life like bam Bam,bam.bam.jest like that teel your kid to dowload my singing monsters bam

  10. I got a Shugabush and a Ghazt! Thanks for such great suggestions and cool things to do with MSM! Love it!

  11. the game is Good the promlem is it’s to goodddddddddddddddddddddddddxddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd

  12. Sammy that was veeeeeeeery stupid people am I right or what??? JERK!!!!! just a stupid jerk!

  13. P.S I loooooove your strategy for school it’s so cool I wish I could be in your class but I’m in middle school now!! :-(

  14. Omg soo hooked. My daughters are also hooked. Great game all games should be like this one no violence . Great work ceators of my signing monsters!! Thanks for making us smile daily..

  15. Thanks for the support. I appreciate what you are doing but by calling Sammy a jerk and stupid you are adding to the problem. I would prefer just not to have any personal negative comments on this site at all. Thanks!

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