Create a Musical Soundtrack for a Scene from a Book

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Suggested Grade Level: Middle, High School
Subject Area: English
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Learning Objective

Students will explain how different elements of music are used to communicate meaning in the music they listen to, compose and perform. They will use multiple musical elements to evaluate and reflect on themes from a literary work.

Project Description

This task would be best tackled with the help from both English and Music departments. Students determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details. Students should cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of specific themes. They then will sing and play music in different styles, demonstrating aural, technical, and expressive skills by performing and recording with accurate pitch, rhythm and expression. Drawing on the experiences and skills of music teachers, students have a better chance of creating an effective product. However, even a simple rhythm and beat can be produced in Garage Band to accurately reflect a scene from a piece of literature.

Extending the Project

This project could be extended into both History and Social Studies classrooms, as well as Foreign Language classrooms. In a History setting, students can be asked to create or compose music playlists that relate to historical events or that describe the character of particular figures. Similarly, music can be composed to uniquely practice vocal and auditory language skills as well as demonstrate an understanding of the various cultural components present in music.
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