Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Encourage Kids to Tune in to Sing-Along Sites

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Encourage Kids to Tune in to Sing-Along Sites

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Turn your home computer into a karaoke machine with these fun, sing-along sites. All you need is an Internet connection and your multimedia computer. And although you can sing without it, a microphone connected to your sound card completes the transformation.

Kid's Karaoke at FairfieldKids.com

www.fairfieldkids.com/music/kidsmusic.htm

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"Listen to your favorite songs and sing along to the lyrics. Over 75 songs to choose from!" A good selection of MIDI melodies and lyrics from classic kiddie songs such as Mary Had a Little Lamb to pop (Barbra Streisand and the Backstreet Boys) and movie musicals (Toy Story and Sound of Music.) You'll need to download the free Cresendo player, however, because even though the songs are stored in standard MIDI format, the site requires it. Really enjoying this karaoke thing? Try downloading a special karaoke player that displays the lyrics with a bouncing ball to keep in you in sync with the music. These players use the KAR file format which integrates the melody and the lyrics into a single file.

MIDI Karaoke!

www.geocities.com/Broadway/3386/

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"The Site Where YOU are the Star! 5,768,412 Singers Can't Be Wrong!" Although there are no traditional children's songs here, Alan August has a fun mix of music that includes "TV Hits" such as Brady Bunch, Scooby Doo, Flintstones and Gilligan's Island. If you are an Internet Explorer user, try the Scrolling Karaoke, where the lyrics automatically scroll across your browser window. With my configuration, however, the words scrolled by so quickly, they were gone before I needed them. The Traditional Karaoke pages (with their static lyrics) will work for all browsers.

Lidwina's Disney Song Collection

www.geocities.com/Broadway/Stage/7840/

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Lidwina's collection of 120 Disney melodies with lyrics is sure to keep you singing for hours. …

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