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Innovative Teaching: Using AI to Create Songs for Engagement

Tool Tuesday

This week’s tool Tuesday features Suno.ai  I found this one a few weeks ago, and it has a WOW factor!  Suno.ai is a text-to-song (lyrics and music).  It instantly pulled me in and got me excited about the capabilities it has in the classroom for student engagement.

Let’s Generate an AI Song

The platform is user-friendly.  Go to Suno.ai and click “Make a Song.”  Then click on “Create.”  In this menu, you have a few options.  You can type in a description of your song, for example, “Create a country song about photosynthesis and the flow of energy in ecosystems.”   You can also toggle the custom button and paste your own lyrics.  Hit “Create ♪,” to generate your song.  The song is no longer than a minute and 20 seconds and turns out pretty great!  

Check out this song I created below, with a group of educators during a professional development session. Engagement was high once teachers saw what we were doing. We used magicschool.ai‘s song lyric generator for the lyrics.  Our prompt was very quick and rough because it was done shout-out style.  Magic School asks for the title, details to include in the song, and then a song artist and title.  We said, “Civil War, include Cause of the Civil War, locations of Civil War, and outcomes of the Civil War, Tom Petty – Don’t Back Down.”  Here are the lyrics:

“United We Stand” An AI Song

Well, the Civil War, it came to be
A clash between the states, two sides we’d see
With conflicts that were tough, and battles fought
In the land we love, a war was sought

In the North and South, they took their stand
With causes rooted deep, a divided land
Slavery and states’ rights, the sparks did fly
And from these differences, the war did arise

Oh, united we stand, divided we fall
Through the blood and tears, we would conquer it all
From Gettysburg to Appomattox, the battles did rage
But in the end, unity turned the page

The North fought for preservation of the Union
While the South sought independence, a new communion
With Gettysburg and Antietam, the fields were stained
And Vicksburg and Chickamauga, forever engraved

But in the end, the Union emerged strong and tall
Though the scars remained, brothers once more stood tall
The Emancipation Proclamation, a shining light
As slavery abolished, a moral fight

Oh, united we stand, divided we fall
Through the blood and tears, we would conquer it all
From Gettysburg to Appomattox, the battles did rage
But in the end, unity turned the page

The outcome of the war, oh, it was clear
The Union stood firm, with victory near
Reconstruction paved the way for a new start
A nation healing, mending its broken heart

Oh, united we stand, divided we fall
Through the blood and tears, we would conquer it all
From Gettysburg to Appomattox, the battles did rage
But in the end, unity turned the page

Yes, united we stand, divided we fall
Through the blood and tears, we conquered it all
From Gettysburg to Appomattox, the battles did rage
But in the end, unity turned the page

We took these lyrics and put them into the custom section of Suno and got the following song.

“United We Stand” – Using AI Songs for Student Engagement

*It does cut off the end because it will only generate one minute and twenty seconds of a song.  There may be a way to generate a whole song, but I’m still playing around, and will share once I know more! 

How Can I Use AI Songs for Engagement?

Now that I know how to use it, what do I do with the AI Songs? My first thought is as a hook.  This is a great way to engage students at the beginning of a unit.  I’m not sure about you but I have to have my learning objectives posted, I like to pull students in on this process.  I will have students listen to the song and identify the big ideas of the learning goal.  Bonus, because they will be listening to the song over and over to identify the big ideas they will be learning without even knowing it.  

I also see using this as a way to have students show their learning.  Students could create lyrics around a topic and then turn them in for you to generate the music in Suno.  You could also give students one verse and they have to generate the other verses, then put the lyrics in Suno to generate the music.

If you are a music teacher you could have the AI generate the song and then have students evaluate it.  They could also be challenged to change it or make it better.  

The student engagement factor with this tool is huge.  

What do I need to know about Suno?

The free version of Suno.ai runs on a credit system. You get 50 credits (10 songs) each day.  There are two paid plans, the first one starting at $8 a month and you get 500 songs a month and can generate multiple songs at once.  This plan also comes with commercial terms.  

You do have to sign in to create AI songs, so you will want to make sure to read the Privacy Policy and follow any district and school policies you have.  This is a tool that is meant for 18+, so as a teacher, you’d have to have an account and put the lyrics in or generate students’ songs demo style.  

What do you think of this tool? How will you use it in your classroom for student engagement?  Feel free to leave a comment or jump over to the Facebook page and leave a comment on the post! 

-Stay Curious, Stay Innovative!

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AI Transparency: Chat GPT was used to help develop this post.  Chat GPT 5%, Human 95%.  I use it to maximize the readability, as well as make sure there is correct spelling and grammar. Here is the prompt that I used:Prompt: “Read this blog post, DO NOT change the content.  Give me feedback on SEO* as well grammar and spelling (Copy and Paste blog post)” *SEO is Search Engine Optimization.

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