Composing Using My Singing Monsters – Part 2

Making the Monsters

Next I brought in some scrapbooking paper, googly eyes, foam stickers and markers. I tried to choose things that would create bold colors because I knew we would be photographing them later, so no colored pencils were allowed. The music class prior to this told the kids to start thinking about what kind monster they would make. What sound would it make? How would it look? I gave the kids a blank paper, a pencil, scissors and a shared glue stick and told them to get busy.  We used 2 1/2 music classes to make our monsters and photograph them. I took one picture with my personal iPad so that I could post them to our school’s Artsonia site(which I still haven’t gotten done yet).

By the way if your school is not using Artsonia you should check it out. It’s a great way to let parents and extended family view the artwork students make. In addition, it can also be a easy way to raise some funds for your school.

Then I gave the kids some homework. I asked them to begin thinking about what kind of sound their monster would make. High or low, fast or slow, vocal or instrumental were just some of the questions I asked them to think about. The next week we started making our recordings. I used the MadPad app to bring the monsters together with their sounds. We found we got the best recordings if the vocalist or instrumentalist was close to the iPad. This meant that sometimes another member of the group had to hold the monster picture during the recording process. I believe it took us 2 music classes to make our recordings.  In all of our recordings classroom noise can be heard in the background. This is annoying but I can not think of a way to get the recordings made in a timely manner without having multiple students recording at the same time in my open room. I seriously considered bringing in large cardboard boxes to serve as mini “studios” to record in but recording the images was problematic in a dark box. If any of my readers have an idea how to address this I would be most interested to hear it. Please leave me a comment below.

Coming Soon: Composing Using My Singing Monsters – Part 3




Brenda Muench

music educator tech specialist

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28 Responses

  1. Leah says:

    You could put them in the boxes. To make the boxes lighter you would just cut a hole in the top, and duct tape some Saran Wrap over the hole so no excess sound gets in, and it’s light on the inside of the box. Hope this helps!

  2. Allison Ober says:

    If you need help finding their likes to get to 100% click on that monster, on the righthand side there is a ?, click on it and it will say at the top Bio and Likes, click on likes and it will show you what it needs.

  3. Mari says:

    very good!;-)

  4. Consuela Francis says:

    My daughter loves thins game!!! 😀 thx for making it

  5. sally says:

    Cut a hole in the top of the box and get a lamp, if the lamp has a lamp shade take it off, and put the lamp in the hole, switch the lamp on and you’ve got light. It just depends if you’ve got the money.

  6. Genius says:

    You are so creative! P.S please check out my kid-friendly website.

  7. Caitlin says:

    Maybe try having your students record with some groups inside and some outside.

  8. jacob says:

    I keep noticing that in most of the comments about the game, people act like urban the maker of it…

  9. jacob says:

    You are, sorry. This darn computer glitches.

  10. Devon says:

    Wonderful ideas for close listening and compostion. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Brenda Muench says:

    Thanks for stopping by Devon!

  12. Monster Master says:

    This was a really fantastic idea i will see if i can get my music teavher to do it if thats ok with you i know it is your idea.

  13. Jessi Purinton says:

    I only wish we had more out do the box thinkers as teachers growing up, music is a wonderful way to expand a child’s imagination!
    Btw my friend code is 12817869CL. Thanks and keep up the good work! We need more teachers like you!

  14. Maria says:

    You should download my singing monster it’s a great game so try it. Add me as a friend code:11419420LG

  15. I am sorry but I am just a child that plays the same game and I woldmlikemto help with the recordings, my teachers do the same thing as this, they take one child at a time out of the room while a teacher helper or an intern watches the other children, and most of the time our teachers do it for reading and quick Q/ A

  16. Hailey says:

    Just use a flashlight for heavEns sake. You’ll be able to get the light and the privacy

  17. Morgan says:

    This game is so good I play it every day! It is the best game I have ever played. My brother has this amazing game too.

  18. Samy says:

    One negative thing about the game is good money giver monsters takes ridiculousy long time to breed+hatch 4 days! And they won’t give diamonds. It’s not taking a long time before many people give up in game I know 3 people already did. Copy cat of money ripper clash of clans could be a lot better to not force anyone but make it better so the spend money on their own will.

  19. Isaac says:

    Make creatures with different dances for the different islands. Unlock: lvl 15

  20. Tre' says:

    I love this game so much more than minecraft jk

  21. Tre' says:

    I love this game and even my cousins play it

  22. Corey says:

    Easiest way to cut the sound get a good Bluetooth headset (or wired) the mics on headsetsnare designed to help eliminate background noise.

  23. Catharine Mefford says:

    I wish you had a “post to Facebook” button. I don’t tweet. Never could figure it out. I wish that when I was teaching I had had enough access to computers to incorporate My Singing Monsters to my classroom. This ties together so many things I taught my students

  24. Attila says:

    Glad to see musical creativity permeating both the game and the education “industry”. Well done, can’t wait for the next post!

  25. Caleb says:

    Just cut the top of and put some kind of Saran Wrap on top or glass p.s. Great idea with this

  26. maxipower says:

    You can use an Audio Program like e.g. Audacity. It includes a tool to reduce background noises. Maybe you can have a try in it. Probably, this answer is much too late, anyway. I’m sorry for this.
    PS: I have to agree to the others- it’s a great idea with much success for this homepage even reached a link from the original app.
    With the best wishes,
    P.P.S.: Sorry for the language mistakes, I’m not from ab English speaking country ;+

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