Using Music to Tell a Story or Describe a Scene

This Using Music to Tell a Story or Describe a Scene activity & project also includes:

Young composers demonstrate their understanding of the stylistic features of descriptive music, including pitch, tempo, dynamics, rhythm, and timbre, by developing a melody and countermelody for a main character in a story. As part of the formative assessment, individuals select a range of suitable instruments and musical elements.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Provide or ask class members to bring in examples from films (e.g. Darth Vader's theme from Star Wars, the Jaws theme) or plays or symphonies
Classroom Considerations
  • Mendelson's "The Hebrides Overture" is used as an example
  • The activity is most appropriate for music theory and composition classes
Pros
  • Includes a step-by-step plan and a rubric
Cons
  • None
Common Core