Add or edit songs

 


Overview


Songs on FirstVoices are types of language content where you can add featured audio or video recordings that present a song. Song recordings are often longer than individual words or phrases.

You can add an introduction to the song, and you can also add lyrics and translate them so people can listen and read or sing along.

All members of a language team can create songs that are private to the team. Language Administrators and Editors can publish songs, edit songs that have been published, and delete songs. To learn about how language teams work, check out our information on Team roles on FirstVoices.

 


Tutorial video


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Instructions


Start by logging into your FirstVoices language team account and visiting your language site. Only language team members can complete these actions.

Create a new song

  1. To add a new song, first visit your language site Dashboard.

  2. Click “Create” in the left sidebar.

  3. Click “Create a Song”.

    Click “Create” in the sidebar, then “Create a Song”.

     

  4. Fill out the song creation form. A title is required. You can use the guidelines in the table below to figure out what else you might want to add.

    Top of the song creation form, with Title and Introduction fields

     

Final steps for Assistants:

  1. Click "Create Song" to save your changes as a new song.

  1. Notify a Language Admin or Editor to review your song, so that it can be published.

Final steps for Editors and Language Admins:

  1. Select who will be able to view this song.

    Visibility and Kids Access selectors

     

  2. Click "Create Song" to save your changes as a new song.

 

Guide to the Song form

Field

Guideline

Field

Guideline

Title

The title of the song.

There is one field “Title in your language” for the Indigenous language title, and one field “Title Translation” for the title in English.

Introduction

Introduce the song and provide important cultural information that listeners should know.

There is one field “Introduction in your language” for an introduction in the Indigenous language, and one field “Introduction Translation” for a version in English.

Audio

Upload an audio recording of the song. You can add multiple recordings for additional verses or renditions.

Lyrics

Add accompanying lyrics so that listeners can read what is being sung.

Each lyric has a space for the lyric in your Indigenous language and a space for the translation in English. You can add many sets of lyrics for multiple verses.

Image

Upload a cover image to represent the song, which will appear in the list of songs on your site.

Video

Upload a video of someone singing or performing the song.

Notes

Include additional notes about the song that relate to cultural practices of the community, or about the lyrics. You can add multiple notes.

Acknowledgements

Include information about anyone who created, performed, or owns the song. Or add information about people involved in recording and contributing the song to FirstVoices. You can add multiple acknowledgements.

Who can see this entry?

Who will be able to access the song on your language site. Just your language team, only approved community members, or the general public.

Include on the Kids site?

Indicate if the song is appropriate for children. Check “Yes” to make the song available in the Kids' Area.

Does the cover image include the title?

If your selected Image contains text, click “Yes”. This will prevent the name of the song from appearing over your cover image and blocking people from reading it.

 

Edit a song

Editing is currently available for Editors and Language Admins only. The FirstVoices team is still working on appropriate permissions for Assistants.

  1. To edit an existing song, first visit your language site Dashboard.

  2. Click “Edit” in the left sidebar.

  3. Click “Edit Songs”.

    Click “Edit” in the sidebar, then “Edit Songs”

     

  4. Review the list of songs to find the one you wish to edit.

  5. Click the correct song’s title to open the quick view sidebar.

  6. In the quick view sidebar, click “Edit”.

    Click the name of the song, then click “Edit” in the preview area

     

  7. Make any changes to the song using the form. Reference the guidelines in the table above if you’re not sure what to change.

    The Song Edit form with example content

     

  8. When you are finished, click “Save Changes”.

Final selection: “Cancel” or “Save Changes”

Delete a song

Only Editors and Language Admins can perform this action.

  1. To delete an existing song, first visit your language site Dashboard.

  2. Click “Edit” in the left sidebar.

  3. Click “Edit Songs”.

     

  4. At the top of the edit form, click “Delete Song”.

    Delete button at the top of the edit form