You Gotta Be Y6 Project

Welcome to the Year 6 project!

This was BEAT’s Y6 video participation project for Barnet students using the song You Gotta Be by Des’ree. The finished video is below.

The details of what was involved in this project are below. 

We would love everyone to sing the song – but you can also can also dance, play, sign, hold up pictures, do gymnastics, karate, magic tricks – whatever you want!

Schools will collect contributions and then share them with us, and ensure permission for any images or videos to be shared on social media is given. Any number of contributions, great or small, is welcomed - it's all good - and the deadline to get audio, selfies and videos to us is Monday 29th June.


We recommend:

  1. Record the singing first! Teachers, get that in to me (Julian) so I can work with you to make sure all the performances can be used (which mainly means making sure headphones were used 🎧)
  2. Sort a nice selfie 🤳 One thing: #nofilters! Thanks 😁
  3. Then enjoy yourselves getting crazy with videos!


Click on a track to play it.

Right-click on a track name in the numbered list below the player to download.

  1. Yay!
  2. Ask your students to make an audio recording of themselves singing / playing You Gotta Be. There's a melody and a harmony - record the melody first, and then why not have a go at the harmony. It's quite short, just the outro, and actually part of the melody, so they'll already know it. There are two ways they can record.
  3. First way: they sing / play along to one of our learning tracks coming through headphones so that it doesn't come out on the final recording. This can be done using 2 smartphones (or any 2 devices, one for playback and one for recording) and a pair of earbuds or headphones. If possible download the track first to avoid glitches in playback from loading and buffering. See the great "How To..." video above which Caitlin made for our Refuge project - thanks Caitlin! I recommend recording while listening to the vocal part, not the backing track (so listen to MELODY while recoding the melody, and listen to HARMONY while recording the harmony).
  4. Collate your audio recordings (students at home can email them to you/your school). They can be in any standard audio format - AIFF or WAV preferred, but don't sweat it. We would also like each student to provide a selfie and permission to use that selfie in our final video (their name won't be shared, just their image. The photo is optional).
  5. Share your set of recordings and photos with me [email protected] (work mob: 07817 758729). Depending on file sizes simple email should work, if not we can talk and figure the best way. We are of course expecting your beautiful voices and faces too, so please send audio and a selfie too - you know you would have been singing along to at the Artsdepot 🙂
  6. Second way: You can use the online music maker Soundtrap, which is basically an online version of GarageBand. The advantage of SoundTrap is that all your students need is internet access (it works on any smartphone, tablet or computer), they only need one device to record, and it makes it easy for you to collate their recordings into one place - it is designed for exactly this sort of thing, and makes a nice Music Tech project too.
  7. If you would like to explore this option, I'm happy to help you get set up. You can also invite me to be a part of your Soundtrap project, meaning I can assist with techy and audio issues. It's currently free to educators for 60 days, GDPR and safeguarding friendly, and if you can handle GarageBand and Google Classroom you can handle Soundtrap!
  8. Got the audio and the selfies sorted? Go crazy with the video! This bit is more of a moveable feast, so maybe drop me a line with what you're intending to do. 3 hour silent movie epics with Elvish and Klingon subtitles are great, but are real hard to squeeze into a 4 minute song, and don't always come across great on a phone 😬

Two devices record and send, or Soundtrap, whatever works best for you works for us!

Tech questions? Julian - [email protected], 07817 758729

Music questions? Ros - [email protected], 07970 366167

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