Using Music in PPT and Movie Maker 2
To Engage Students
Music can positively affect…
♫ Test performance ☺
♫ Blood pressure ☺
♫ Mood ☺
♫ Pain perception ☺
♫ Oxygen saturation ☺
♫ Heart rate ☺
♫ Premature infant weight gain ☺
• (2003). Arts in healthcare research. retrieved Jul 10, 2004, from
• (n.d.). Brain comes alive to sound of music. retrieved Jul 10, 2004,
from Music Intelligence Neural Development Institute Web site:
• Tramo, M. (2001). Music of the hemispheres. Science, 291(5501),
•Copyright Law protects the designer of a product.
•If your use causes economic loss to the designer, it is a copyright
•Educators can use copyrighted material under the fair use exemption.
(see guidelines to determine if your use qualifies).
•Up to 30 seconds of music.
•Up to 3 minutes of video.
•When used for educational purposes, in some cases, an entire work
may be used. (see guidelines)
•Copies of your work containing copyrighted materials should not be
put on the web, as the work could be downloaded by others.
•Also see Spontaneity Test, which allows use of an entire work for
every class member under certain circumstances. (see guidelines)
Using Music to Engage Students
and To Solve
• ESOL students do not know U.S. history.
• They need sound, pictures and the written word to enhance
• English speaking history students need a teacher who will ignite a
• Billy Joel’s, “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” features events from
• A great tool for teaching history and gaining attention.
• A message similar to the following one should precede projects
containing copyrighted material:
This project contains copyrighted materials
which have been used under the
fair use exemption
of the U.S. Copyright Law
•After you have gained attention…
•Go for a deeper understanding…(possible projects for “We
Didn’t Start the Fire.”)
• Have groups take stanzas of the song. Investigate, evaluate,
analyze, assess, convince, judge, explain, discriminate,
support, conclude, compare, summarize.
• Write lyrics for events occurring after the song was released
• Investigate what was not included in the song.
• Be sure to offer lots of choices so students will be passionate
about their topics.
• Always offer a wildcard.
Principles of adding Music
•PPT supports MP3 files, .WAV files, and Midi files. (There could be
others). Movie Maker 2 supports .wav and MP3, but NOT midi.
Midi files have a slight delay (so don’t panic too early).
•Midi files are instrumental only.
• PPT and Movie Maker 2 will not insert WMA (Windows Media Audio)
or AAC (itunes) audio files. (and others).
•WMA and AAC audio files can be converted to MP3 or WAVE audio
files so they can be used.
•Wave audio files = .WAV
Resources for Music
•If you don’t have music… www.walmart.com offers downloads of any
song they have for $0.88.
•Choose the music tab. Click download music.
–Search for the song
–Listen to the song
–Buy the song
–Download the song. Write down where it is!
–Once an account is set up, you can buy often without re-entering
credit card info.
–Walmart.com does not have the pop-up box problem other music
Resources for Midi Files
•http://fightmusic.com/sec.html (UGA songs are here)
•http://www.midisite.co.uk/ (wonderful index)
•Be sure to listen to the song before downloading. Some are better
Not ready for Prime Time
• This music [from Walmart, and many other places] comes as a
Windows Media Audio file (WMA) and cannot be used in PPT. or
Movie Maker 2.
• Copy the newly acquired files to an audio CD.
• Then follow the next steps for converting audio CD files to .wav
Converting Music Files
•Itunes can convert some music files to MP3. Music bought from itunes
cannot be easily converted using itunes.
•Download itunes to use it as a converter.
•Once itunes is downloaded, within itunes, go to Edit > Preferences >
Importing [tab] > choose import using MP3 encoder.
•This sets the computer up to use itunes to import audio from CD’s
and change it to MP3.
Converting an audio CD to MP3
•Place audio CD in computer CD player.
•Choose My computer > CD Drive > [when dialogue box opens]
choose import to itunes.
•Itunes automatically imports all songs from the CD to your computer.
When complete, select Library (still in itunes) from the left menu
•Find the song. Right click. Choose Get info. Look at the bottom left
corner. That tells you where the song is located. Write down the
•The MP3 song(s) could now be used in a presentation.
Inserting an Entire song
•In PPT. Choose insert > movies and sounds > sound from file.
•Navigate to the location of your MP3 music file. [Check your notes].
Select the file.
•PPT. will ask if you want the music to play automatically or on the
mouse click. Choose the one you want.
•In Movie Maker 2: Under Tools choose New collection folder >file
> import into collections >navigate to sound file > import. Drag
the song (musical note) to the audio timeline of your movie.
How long do you want the song to Play in PPT?
•PPT is defaulted to stop playing the song (pause) on a mouse click.
[this is often a problem].
•Right click the music icon that ppt inserted on your slide when you
inserted the music.
•Choose custom animation.
•Then, effects. Choose one of these options:
•Play the song until the current slide ends, or
•Choose the number of slides you want to go through before the
•In Movie Maker 2, Grab handles at the beginning or end of the
song and drag to trim.
Burning the Presentation to CD
•Because the music is not embedded, simply copying your ppt to CD
will not bring the music along.
•Make sure a copy of all the music you use is in the folder with the
•Copy the folder, not the ppt to CD.
•To create a folder, with your ppt open to the presentation you want,
– File > save as >create new folder >(name your folder) > save
your presentation in the folder. (Write down where it is!)
–Your PowerPoint and all music must be in this folder before you
burn to CD (if you want the music)
•In Movie Maker, everything is already in the collections folder, or you
could not have inserted them into the movie. File > save movie file.
Copying your music to the PPT Folder
•To get your music into your PPT folder, copy the song into the folder.
Do not choose the move option.
•One way to do this: My computer >navigate to the song, for
example (D:) > Music > select the song >on the left choose copy this
file > navigate to your PPT folder > choose copy.
Where’s the Music? Troubleshooting…PPT
•Caution: If you move the file, instead of copying it to the folder, it
won’t play in another presentation that was created when the file was
in that original location! (Example Movie Maker 2!) Unless you are
sure, leave it there.
•If you insert music onto a slide after you have done other animation
(i.e. words flying in), it will be the last animation. If you want the
music to play as soon as the slide comes up, you must change its
location in custom animation from last to first by dragging it up.
Creating 30 Seconds of Music
•To acquire 30 seconds of a song, you need a sound editor.
•Audacity is a great FREE sound editor. Download Audacity.
Importing Music into Audacity
•>Choose the Project tab >
•Import audio >
•Navigate to your music file (a browse box appears)
•Choose the MP3 or WAV music file.
•Audacity automatically imports the music, and you are presented with
Editing your song in Audacity
•Click the green button to start playing the song.
•Note along the timeline what portion of the song you want to cut.
•Click stop (not the red button, that’s record…it’s a brown square)
•Using the mouse click and drag to highlight the part of the song you
•Click on the scissors icon to cut the highlighted section.
•Listen again by pressing the green play button.
•If it’s not right, go to edit > undo cut and make your adjustments.
Fading in and Fading out
•Songs sound better in presentations when you fade in and fade out,
•With a mouse click and drag, select a small portion of the beginning
of the clip >and then choose the effect tab > fade in.
•To fade out, mouse click and drag a small portion of the end of the
clip >choose the effect tab > fade out.
Exporting Audacity sound files.
•To export the clip for use in your presentations, choose:
–File > Export as WAV
–Navigate to the place you wish to save the file. Remember it must
be in your presentation folder to play if burned to a CD.
–You may also want to start a folder called something like 30
second wav files.
• To insert music into ppt. choose the insert tab >movies &
sounds >sound from file > navigate to location of 30 sec
wav > choose song. Be sure to right click on the newly
inserted speaker icon and choose custom animation to be
sure the song plays at the desired time and for the desired
length. These options are under effects.
• In Movie Maker 2: Under Tools choose New collection
folder >file > import into collections >navigate to
sound file > import. Drag the song (musical note) to the
audio timeline of your movie.
• That’s it! ♫ A-B-C, easy as 1-2-3, simple as DO-RE-ME... ☺ ♫