This is a post about how to use a popular sound editor to break up song tracks into learnable chunks.
This is the end product created to teach pupils how to present their families in French based upon the Simpsons characters.
In this video I have used Wavepad from NCH software. I know many use Audacity but I find some of the controls on Wavepad to be easier to use, especially pitch and speed change, and I like the 'copy to new file' function which I use all the time to create new sound files from originals.
NCH will of course want you to buy the 'masters' version (which does look really good) but the free version is more than adequate to achieve what I am going to show you here. There are 6 separate videos as the single file was rather large.
1. Intro to the software
2. Clipping the musical intro to use as a backing for class warm-ups
3. Clipping parts of the song to learn parts of the song
4. Using the speed change controls to slow song clips down
5. How to speed the song clips back up
6. Pupils can practise their own recordings against the singing model
I will posting more free songs that have been edited in this way via my other site