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Original Music Video

Part of the Projects at Home Collection

Create a music video of an original song or a song you love, using your phone, tablet, or computer to film and edit your video.

To get started with this project, check out these models:


  1. You can create a music video for an original song that you wrote, or for someone else’s song that you like. If it is a song written and performed by someone else, be sure to give the writers and performers credit by mentioning them in your video. For commercial use (making money from something you do) you have to get permission to use someone else’s song, but if you are just creating a video to contribute something creative to the world, just be sure to credit them. The video Snakes Are Born This Way is a mix of these: Students took an existing song—”Born This Way” by Lady Gaga—and created their own lyrics.
  2. You can shoot your music video with your phone or tablet camera, capturing the music as you film. Your phone or table camera also has many different effects you can add. Or, if you have video editing software on your computer, you can film your video and add the music later as an audio track, also adding titles and effects in the editing process.
  3. Your video can offer a message about something you care about, using the music for effect, or can just be an artistic creation without a particular message.

Working on Projects at Home is different than working in school.
We do not give you lessons or directions.
We give you models of each project to look at carefully, and then you decide how to adopt the project for your interests, skills, materials, time, and any new ideas you have.
Your project does not have to look like the models—it can be inspired by the models.
If you are proud of what you created, we encourage you to share it online with the hashtag: #ProjectsAtHome.

In 2012, a group of second graders in at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Dorchester, Massachusetts redefined what it means to be academically courageous. After completing extensive research on snakes, the students wrote, performed, and produced the song “Snakes Are Born This Way” based on Lady Gaga’s hit song “Born This Way.” As if this weren’t enough, the students created a music video and posted it on YouTube. Throughout this project, these students were able to overcome their fears and discover what it means to be academically courageous.

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