Michael Giacchino Up Lesson:
This lesson uses the opening scene from the 2009 Pixar movie Up to teach students about an important 20th and 21st century composer, Michael Giacchino.
A primary objective of this lesson is for students to learn to use descriptive words when talking about music.
They will start by first being introduced to Giacchino and the music he has written
(The Incredibles, Jurassic World, LOST, Inside Out, Up, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Coco, and others). This gives students context as to who they will be talking about and that although they probably didn't know who he was, they did know his music undoubtedly.
Students will then start learning to use descriptive words (some starters are provided for them) to describe genre and music.
Eventually, the climax of the lesson is for students to watch the scene "Married Life", which can be easily found on YouTube and is attached in the lesson. This will go hand in hand with the descriptive words the students will be using as well as teaching them about Michael Giacchino and the job of a film composer.
My students always have a BLAST trying to name all of his movies just from hearing the music, as well as talking about the opening "Married Life" scene from Up and the powerful impact the music has on the film.
It really opens up the whole unit on film and television composers.
The Incredibles Lesson:
This lesson uses the 2004 movie The Incredibles to learn about:
1. Basic score study
2. Understanding and recognizing instruments
3. Learn some "behind the scenes" information in film composition
4. Learn how a composer captures a "musical sound" for a film
The lesson includes YouTube links to videos with behind the scenes clips for the writing process and recording sessions as well as a 5 minute score reduction set to a scene from the film.
Students will learn about how Michael Giacchino tried very hard (and succeeded) to capture the jazz sound of the 60s, the James Bond-esq music of John Barry, and how he implemented them to create a brand new score for The Incredibles.
***with how involved the score reduction video is, I typically took at least 2 days for this lesson in a 45 minute lesson (apprx. 90 total)**