How to run a virtual karaoke session on Zoom: a step-by-step guide [2020]

Since COVID, many companies have turned into remote teams looking for fun online events. Good news: a virtual karaoke party is an awesome (and easy) virtual team building idea to get your team connecting! This guide explains how to organize a virtual karaoke party on Zoom, how to host a great event for your team working from home, and how to choose a great karaoke song.

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A virtual karaoke session can be a good way to bring your distributed team together

Why should you host a virtual karaoke session?

How to MC a virtual karaoke party

You’ll need a great host for your virtual karaoke session. The host’s role is to encourage the virtual team, handle the technical logistics, ensure swift transitions between singers, and keep the party moving.

Remote Team Building Ideas

You’ll need an energetic and tech-savvy MC to host the event

If you are going to host the karaoke session yourself, here are some questions you’ll need to think about:

Wild SF are professionals at hosting virtual karaoke sessions and parties! Our enthusiastic and fun team of artists are skilled at setting up Zoom and Google Meet sessions, welcoming participants, handling song selections, and ensuring you and your work from home team have an enjoyable time!

We also offer online team building experiences, from office games to online graffiti workshops and even a virtual vacation! To learn more, check out our virtual teambuilding activities for remote teams.

How to set up virtual karaoke on Zoom

Send the participants the Zoom meeting link. Once they’re online, here is what you should ask them to do:

  1. Chat the KJ (karaoke DJ) to be put in the queue
  2. Find your song on YouTube (search [song title] karaoke)
  3. Reduce the volume on the YouTube video to 30-40%
  4. When it’s your turn, click Share Screen on Zoom and…
  5. You must also check Share computer sound (bottom left) too
  6. Sing your heart out!
Zoom background karaoke instructions

It can be useful to write out the instructions on a virtual Zoom background—this one was made for free at Canva

Other ways to set up karaoke on Zoom or Google Meet

  1. Participant sends song selection to host
  2. Host plays it on their computer
  3. Participant/s sings along

This method is not ideal as there may be a sound delay between the host’s and participant’s computers.

You may also choose to use a dedicated virtual karaoke app like Smule, Stingray or Watch2Gether. However, be aware that there may be an extra cost involved.

How to find any karaoke song online

  1. Go to YouTube
  2. Search [song title] karaoke
  3. Click play on the selected video

How to choose a song for karaoke

Here are our top 5 tips for choosing the ideal karaoke song:

Here is a list of some popular karaoke songs:

How can Wild SF help you with your virtual Zoom karaoke party?

Wild SF leads meaningful virtual team builders that get your WFH team out of their shells, laughing, connecting, and learning more about one another. We can host your virtual karaoke party from start to finish.

Ready to bring your remote team closer together? Start here.