Qtorial 13: Using QLyrics to Create Original Songs!

by Abby @ Quaver on February 13, 2012

in In the Quaver Classroom!,Qtorials,QuaverMusic.com

In today’s Qtorial – our bi-weekly series of lesson & activity ideas from Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music – Quaver turns our attention to the lyrical element of writing a song!

 Qtorial 13: Using QLyrics to Create Original Songs!


We are in full swing this music conference season and having a great time! Last week the Quaver team was in Arizona amongst cacti, golf courses, a lot of desert, and some fantastic music teachers!

On our second day in Arizona, I led a workshop on using Quaver’s Program to teach the lines and spaces in the treble clef. For part of the workshop I used QLyrics, a fun and useful tool in our QComposer creative, and I thought I’d pass along the idea as it would make a great class activity, lab activity or homework project!

Here’s how I used QLyrics:

  • I went to QuaverMusic.com and navigated to the Studio, then opened a new song in QComposer.
  • In the first 4 measures of the song, I composed a short 2 measure repeated melody just using the notes on the lines. (You could limit the duration choices to quarter or half notes if assigning this to students.)
  • Once I had experimented with my E, G, B, D, F melody notes and found what I liked the best, I had the start to my song!
  • Now all I needed were my lyrics.

Take a moment now, to prepare yourselves for this exciting QLyrics tutorial!

  • Once you complete your melody, click on the QLyrics button.
  • Click on the first note of your melody and the corresponding beat division will turn white in QLyrics and the cursor will appear.
  • Type in your lyric.
  • Watch out for the separation of the words ac – ross the be-ats. This can be a little tricky, at first, but kids get the hang of it quickly!
  • Repeat this process until all your lyrics are done.

It’s really that easy! Your class can now sing along to the original song they created!


Now, back to the fun in Arizona!

Here are the lyrics of the song we sang in our AzMEA workshop:

Arizona, has lots of cac-ti

Arizona, has lots of cac-ti

Picture it with me if you will, a room full of music teachers pretending they were cacti and swaying to the tune. It was a lot of fun! I can’t guarantee our Cactus Tune will ever be a hit, but for a great songwriting activity for 4th, 5th, and even 6th graders QLyrics is a sure thing!

That’s all for now! QuaverOut!

Have you ever written lyrics to a silly song together in your class?
How did your students respond?

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