TEN tips for rewriting lyrics:
1.) Choose a song that you know (a current song, an "oldie but a goodie", or even a nursery rhyme!) Check out our monthly CHALLENGES if you need help getting started!
2.) Look up the lyrics and make sure they are appropriate. Teachers, you can even provide the students with a list of 5-6 songs and 5-6 nursery rhymes the students can choose from to get them started!
3.) Brainstorm a list of topics / vocabulary words that you can incorporate into your song (the more the better!) This is a VERY important step!
4.) Start by rewriting the chorus-the most popular part of the song that is repeated multiple times.
5.) Try to replace words in the original song with words that are the same number of syllables. For example, for "Now watch me whip...watch me nae nae," I kept ‘Now watch” the same and changed “me” to “Earth” (both one syllable words). I found a one syllable word (tilt) that made sense to replace the one syllable word (whip). Then, I found a two syllable word (orbit) to replace the two syllables for “nae nae.” It’s really important to have the same number of syllables on each line so the song flows well.
6.) Use rhymezone.com to find words that rhyme. Put the word in that you are trying to rhyme, look through the list and try to make it fit a concept you are teaching.
7.) It’s helpful to listen to parts of the original song as you rewrite the lyrics. Find a good karaoke version of the song so you can watch the flow of the words but you can sing your own lyrics. "Sing King Karaoke" is a good YouTube Channel to use.
8.) Make sure that the content you are teaching is correct. Double check definitions, etc.
9.) Use a table. Copy the original lyrics on the left side and your lyrics on the right side of the table. It's nice to see the lyrics side by side.
10.) It's ok to skip around in the song. Don't get frustrated if you get stuck. Use teamwork and persevere!
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