Music in Film - Theme Music in Movies

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Activity 1:

Students are shown three characters, and must vote with their fingers which character the music they hear represents. This activity includes 6 examples total.

Activity 2:

Students are shown a character, and in groups must create a small piece of music using instruments that represents that character. First students are shown the character, then they create their piece, and then last they present it to the class.

Activity 3:

Students are taken through a listening activity which they will listen to theme music from a movie, and try to identify which movie that is by listening. The lesson plan is structured in a three step format. Total of 13 movie theme songs! Some movies include E.T., Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Jaws, Rocky, Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jurassic Park and more!

Step 1. Students will listen to a theme song to a popular movie.

Step 2. Students talk to a partner about what they think the movie was, and will also write down what movie they think the theme music goes to and why.

Step 3. Students will be shown what movie that it was, and write down how the sound of the music relates to the characters, setting, and situation in the film itself.

This is a great lesson to show kids how important theme music is not only in TV shows, but especially in the film industry as well. This lesson teaches our students the importance in music, and the appreciation we should have for the great composers that write scores that give us imagery of the movie and make us feel all the emotions we experienced from watching the movie!

NOTE: The theme music for all movies must be accessed via YouTube!


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