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Lesson Five: Making a Soundtrack

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Specific Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will match sound to image, demonstrating awareness of mood and structuring musical elements to create an effective soundtrack for film. (PK, DI, UC)

Learning Goals

  1. Create music that fits a short video clip
  2. Begin to understand and show mood in musical compositions
  3. Choose the right tempo to fit the feel/mood of the video
  4. Place a musical effect or change when the slow motion bit of the video arrives.

Set up:
Video clip (mpeg/quicktime), data projector, amplifier

Words 4 Today:
mood, feel, audio, tempo, bpm

Group time
  • Words 4 Today and Learning Goals
  • Show video (I used a 1 minute snippet of the students at camp coming down a mudslide) on big screen and discuss:
    • How they were feeling?
    • What the faces look like?
    • What sort of music would fit this?
    • Approximately how many bpms (beats per minute) would we be looking at using? (refer back to GarageBand and show tempos and bpms of a few loops)
    • Get students to take their pulse and discuss what they would be doing and feeling at different pulse rates
    • What could you do to the music to make it seem slower or to help emphasise a change?
    • Give students some musical examples of different musical genre that create different moods. They could explain how they feel when the piece of music is played.
    • Limit preferences in the GarageBand Loop Browser so they don't spend hours experimenting with every sound possible.
Activity - self and peer assessed based on agreed success criteria
  • Students to create their own soundtrack to a video clip (reinforce that they need to remember to put in ostinatos and hooks).
    • reflecting the mood and feel of the activity in the video
    • making an obvious change during the slow motion bit to suit the change in visual tempo (using effects of instrument change).
  • Listen critically as a class to everyone's soundtrack, commenting on mood, tempo, ostinatos and hooks.
Conclusion - formative assessment activity
  • Review the "Words 4 today" and monitor student responses.
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