Surfing the Net with Kids: Sing Along

Surfing the Net with Kids: Sing Along

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July 30, 2000

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Sing Along

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


“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 Striesand 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!


“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


Lidwina’s collection of 120 Disney melodies with lyrics is sure to keep you singing for hours. From Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? from the 1933 Three Little Pigs, to four selections from the 1999 Tarzan movie, this site is a wonderful romp through nearly seventy years of Disney songs. The songs are in standard MIDI format.

NIEHS Sing Along Music and MIDIs


“Music! It’s really good for you. Scientists at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences study the impact of our environment on our health. Even sounds in our environment can have an effect, so scientists have studied the effects of music on our physical and mental functions for many years. For example, it has been determined that music in our environment plays an important role in stress reduction!” Hmmm, and that is supposed to explain why the NIEHS spends our money on a sing along site? Politics aside, the site has a nice collection that includes patriotic songs not found elsewhere.

PBS Kids Karaoke


“It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood. A beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?” But that’s not all. In addition to Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, there’s everyone’s favorite purple dinosaur Barney, and songs from Arthur and Theodore Tugboat. These PBS songs are the original recordings, not Karaoke melodies. And although some of them (such as Mister Roger’s) include printed lyrics, most do not. Requires Shockwave and RealPlayer.

Surfing the Calendar

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