masked musician

Lesson: The Masked Musician Project

Kris developed this project with her band class based on the show “The Masked Singer.” This has wonderful possibilities for upper elementary and can be used with a wide variety of songs or projects you may already be working on.

The project is perfect for those who are teaching recorder while the kids are at home, but could also be used with found sound compositions, body percussion, singing or improvisation lessons and more!

A link to the Google Doc is included at the end of the lesson. You will be prompted to make a copy in Google Docs that you can edit for your own use. We will not have access to your file, but we would LOVE to hear how you used Kris’s awesome idea with your students!

The Masked Musician Project

This project is based on the hit show “The Masked Singer!”  Your goal is to fool as many of your classmates as possible.  Here is how you can successfully complete this project:

1. Take out the song/project that we are currently working on.

2. Open the Flipgrid that has been assigned to you for this project.

3. BEFORE you record, decorate yourself and cover yourself up with stickers, emojis, etc. Just click on “effects” before you start. We don’t want to see your face or any other identifying features.  You can also apply frames.

4. WITHOUT talking, click the red camera record button and perform the song/rhythm/improvisation/recorder song etc. (whatever you have been working on). When finished, WITHOUT talking, stop the recording.

5. Click continue, take a selfie (BE SURE TO DECORATE). Be creative and have fun!  Create a character that reflects YOU like if you were a contestant on the Masked Singer. 

6. Where it says Display Name, type your character name. In the description, type your real name (no one will see this)

7. We will hold a watch party and vote on who we think is who, our favorite sticker scenes, names and selfies.


Masked Musician Set-Up

(Teacher Set-Up Instructions)

1. On flipgrid, if you haven’t set up your group, set one up and have the children join.

2. Create a topic “Masked Musician”

3. Set the topic to have video moderation so the videos remain hidden from others.

4. Toggle off the switch for comments and likes.

5. Allow selfies and videos

6. Add a giphy if you like!

7. Give clear instructions of what to do in the description (see above).

8. Share the link with your students!

9. Once all the videos are in, click the box that ‘selects all’ and under <actions> choose <Add to mixtape>

10. You will be prompted to create a new mixtape – name it “Masked Musician”

11. To host the watch party, click on the code for the mixtape and the videos will appear “zoom style”.  Share your screen and share your computer sound via zoom/meet or on the projector in class.

12.  Click on the first video.  They will play automatically unless you pause them.

13. Voting – guess who they really are, also vote at the end for the favorite scene, favorite selfie, favorite name, favorite stickers, anything you and the kids like.

14. You could choose to create a google form for voting or vote on paper if you are in person without one to one technology.

This lesson would be perfect for a hybrid model as well. The children could work on the recording while at home, and do the watching and voting in person.


Click here to download the pdf instructions

Kris Gilbert

Kris is a multi-faceted musician with experience in many areas and genres of music. She has taught for 23+ years in a variety of levels and specialties, where her students have won seats in All-County, Area All-State, All-State, All-Eastern and All-National ensembles. Kris is a highly sought-after clinician, guest conductor, accompanist, music director, composer, arranger, and technology trainer. She is a Google certified educator, Level 1 and 2 as well as a Google certified trainer. In addition she is also a certified Apple educator. Her educational interests include music technology, technology in education, instructional design, modern band/popular music education and instrumental music education. She is also an active music director at local theaters in upstate NY where she has led over 140 shows. She received her Bachelor's in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, her Masters in Music Composition from Binghamton University and her Certificate of Advanced Study in College Teaching from SUNY Potsdam. Her major instruments include: flute/woodwinds, piano, electric bass, ukulele, trombone and percussion. Minor instruments include: Guitar, High Brass, Low Brass.

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  1. Paula on December 9, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    This looks so FUN!

  2. Jacob Burgess on December 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    I am a huge fan of this lesson! Thank you for creating such an engaging and FUN lesson for students to do @home.

  3. Diane Bartsch on December 16, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    thank you! can’t wait to try this!

  4. Amanda Harker on January 30, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    I was thinking of this idea myself, but didn’t know how to go about it. Thank you so much for sharing! I cannot get the google doc link to work. It says it’s been “deleted”? Would it be possible to re-share that? I would greatly appreciate it!
    Thank you!

    • Teaching With Orff on February 7, 2022 at 9:34 am

      Hi Amanda,

      Thank you for letting us know about the link! We’ve reached out to Kris and hope to have an updated link soon.

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