In this easy 3-part project, students will synthesize information from thier own lives and apply it to lyrics in popular music. The goal of the project is for students to examine the human experience by connecting with artists (whom they know or have never heard of) and producing an album based on thier actual life events.
The presentations will open up a beautiful relationship between the individual student and music they relate to, peers and the teacher-class connection.
Class Breakdown: (optional, based on 30 or 45 minute class duration)
Class One: Free-writing based on significant life events (10)
Class One Homework: Connecting a hashtag or brief descriptor for each life event (a searchable tag)
Class Two: Using internet devices and headphones, search the tags to discover songs that deal with the topic and review the lyric content
Class Two Homework: Choose a minimum of 5 life events to connect to music and select possible tracks
Class Three: Mini-Lesson on Copyright guidelines, Albums as an artform and the difference between LP and EP recordings. With events selected, arrange into an order that seems to make sense to you.
Class Three Homework: Finalize your selections and put them into order. Create cover art for "the soundtrack of my life" audio-biography and write a detailed description of the connection you made to the lyrics of each song.
Presentations through various medium:
WIFI internet access or computers/tablets
Access to powerpoint or google doc