Music and the Movies
This resource is designed for Music students in the Middle School. The unit includes lessons on History of Film Music through to How Music is used in Films.
Each lesson includes reading strategies from the Super Six— Making Connections, Predicting, Questioning, Monitoring, Visualizing and Summarizing. There are learning activities to help increase the literacy skills of your students while they learn about Music and the Movies.
To accompany the Lessons there are either a set of guided listening questions OR a P.E.E.L. paragraph writing strategy with a focus on one Concept of Music. Available as a FREE download there is the Word Wall that I use in class room to accompany this Unit of Work.
In this resource the pages are deliberately doubled—one colored version for classroom use on an interactive whiteboard, and a printable version. For my own classes I have enough copies of the printable version for the students to share one between two. Students then write into their workbooks OR you could copy and hand out the worksheets that accompany each lesson—the choice is yours.
For the classroom version, I include links to the music using youtube OR an MP3 file. For copyright reasons I cannot include the listening examples—but they are all popular songs that easily purchased and then inserted into the PDF file. To do this go to Tools—Insert Media OR Link—draw a box on the PDF where you want it—browse file or insert link. When doing this I save the file after each new addition but check it first!!! That way you don’t end up with the wrong files in there.
I hope you and your students enjoy this unit of work as much as my students have. While studying this unit of work my students work on songs for performance such as— My Heart Will Go On (Titanic), Hound Dog (Grease), among others! Depending on the time of year we will often choose an age appropriate Movie to watch—some good ones for how the music is actually used include— Shrek, The Sandlot, Drillbit Taylor and How to Eat Fried Worms.
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