Students will learn about voice production, microphone choice and placement, recording equipment, room acoustics, and signal processing and will use this information to record spoken stories.
This is the second lesson in a four lesson unit: Hear Me: Stories We need to Tell! This unit was designed to integrate Music, English, and Special Education. Each lesson can be used alone or with the entire unit with. Additionally, this unit can work without collaboration from other subjects.
In this lesson, students will research relevant topics of voice production, microphone choice and placement, recording equipment, room acoustics, editing, and signal processing. Students will then put these concepts to use and will record and edit spoken stories. If you cannot get an English Theater, or Special Education teacher to collaborate on this project with lessons from this integrated unit, stories can also be created or edited with Story Corps, or students can read monologues. When students finish recording and editing, they will share their projects with the class and will analyze and respond to the compositions.
This lesson should be taught after students have learned about recording and editing audio. Students need to have access to computers, recording interfaces, and microphones. Prior to beginning this unit, students will need to create a SoundCloud account, which is used for sharing projects and playlists.