Interview an Elf

It’s that most wonderful time of the year. Here at my school it means it’s time to bring out my annual holiday project – Interview an Elf. This is a simple activity that brings lots of laughter and joy to elementary kids.  It’s also easy, and can be completed in less than 30 minutes of computer lab time.  Here’s the recipe for this “holiday classic”.


It’s the week before Christmas and you will be interviewing an elf at Santa’s workshop. You will be the voice for both parts. Record yourself interviewing yourself. Play it back to hear the interview. As you listen, watch the timeline and make note where the elf is speaking.
Highlight the parts where the elf is speaking. Go to EFFECT and select CHANGE PITCH.
Raise the pitch of the elf part. How much you raise it depends on the natural pitch of your voice. Typically you only need to raise it 20-30%.  Listen to the result. If it works, repeat for the rest of the elf parts.

Additional Sweetness:
If you want, you can add sound effects to “sweeten” your interview. I found workshop sounds, sleigh bells, and Santa’s “Ho, Ho, Ho” at

Be prepared for lots of laughter in the lab when you try this activity. Kids have a blast creating their interviews. I always allow them some play time to experiment listening to their voice at different pitches – you’ll want some play time too!

For more help using Audacity, check out my wiki with helpful videos explaining how to edit audio and add effects.

2 thoughts on “Interview an Elf”

  1. I’m using this lesson this week with my 8th graders. It’s their first introduction to Audacity and they’re loving it! We’re planning on sharing our interviews with Kindergarten students. They’re also recording a separate talk by an elf using Audacity that they’ll add to a Voki. Thanks for a great and engaging holiday lesson!

  2. Sherry,

    I happy your students are enjoying “Interview an Elf”. I like the Voki idea. I’ve also used Audacity to add a high pitched voice to a dolphin picture using Blabberize. Keep up the great work. Merry Christmas.

    “If teaching isn’t fun, you’re not doing it right.”

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