Movie Music Composition Project

Grade Levels
5th - 9th
Formats Included
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45 pages
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This movie music unit is a great way to engage upper elementary and middle school students and get them composing, listening, analyzing, and thinking about music! Students will learn about the importance of music and sound in film, different music jobs within the film industry (especially focusing on foley artists and score composers), and add their own sound effects and soundtrack to a short film! This project can be done in a variety of ways to suit your classroom needs, including individual assignment, small group work, or full class activity, and there are several components that can be taught separately or together so you can pick and choose what you want to include.

Included in this unit:

PowerPoint slides, which can be projected on a screen, used on a SmartBoard, or printed out (slides include links to interviews with people in the industry and short clips to prompt discussion, on-task reminders for students with each step of the project to remind them of what they should be doing, discussion questions and prompts, directions for the project, plus a blank slide to add your own) (also in PDF version)

PDF teacher notes, with suggestions and tips for teaching the project in a whole-class, small group, or individualized format and links to all the resources you need

Word document (fully editable) worksheets for students to use in adding their own sound effects and music to a short film (also in PDF version)

Please note that, due to the variety of resources offered in this file, the download comes in a zipped file.

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Total Pages
45 pages
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Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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