Incredibox Song Composition

Innovative Designer
Incredibox

Overview‚Äč

The learner will use Incredibox (website or app) to create an a capella song that will accompany a piece of their (creative) writing.  Using Incredibox, students will create a mix of seven individuals who sing/beatbox/make sound effects.

Students will experiment using a combination of outfits on the seven toons which will result in a unique mix. The sequence of the toons also correlates to comprising a melody (beat, vocals, sound effects, rhythm, etc,...)

Students will:

  • Be able to use Incredibox to create an a capella song. 
  • Be able to create a song mix. 
  • Be able to comprise a melody (beat, vocals, sound effects, rhytm, etc,...).

Vocabulary Words:

  1. A cappella: A capella is singing without musical accompaniment.

  2. Accompaniment: Accompaniment is a musical part that supports other musical parts.

  3. bass: Bass is the lowest part of the musical range.

  4. Beat: A beat is the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music.

  5. Chord: A chord is a combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously.

  6. Ensemble: An ensemble is a group of musicians playing or singing together.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Visit the Incredibox website

  • Watch the demo intro video to learn how to use Incredibox.

  • Watch the innovative Milli Vanilli version of a song using real kids!

  • It should be an easy prep. The teacher should be comfortable with allowing students to experiment with the program as they work to create a mix that can accompany their written work. There are various “genres” of musical styles for the user to drag & drop onto the group.  

  • It is recommended that students have a written piece (poem, narrative, etc,...) that could be narrated using Incredibox as a background track for prior to jumping in to “play” and create! That being said, the iterative process might be fascinating to start with a mix tape & then create a written piece for students.

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Start with a written work to create a soundtrack. 
     
  2. The students will watch the demo Incredibox video.
     
  3. The students will go to the Incredibox website and experiment. 
     
  4. The students complete a final product to download/share either alone or accompanying a narrative of the written work as a background soundtrack.
     
  5. The student can also create a screencast of the visual while narrating their written work. 

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • A final product could be shared live or digital (screencast). 
  • The teacher could assign a reflection for the student allowing them to share their thoughts/feelings/mood of how the Incredibox mix connects to their written assignment.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Innovative Designer
4a. Know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts, or solving authentic problems.

App can be found in the app store for $3.99 (full version).

Websites:
How To Create Rhythm In Your Beats

Incredibox

Incredibox Tutorial

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

Students can “bring to life” a written piece as they work to narrate it with a background vocals/mixtape.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.5
Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

Students learn more about music composition. 

Credits
This task card was created by Dean Meyer, Laingsburg Community Schools, March 2020.