8th grade is learning about musical form and composition while also preparing for their upcoming production of the Lion King. They will also be creating a Soundtrack/Timeline of My Life to represent important moments of their life accompanied by appropriate music. Ultimately, they will help prepare their final slide show for Graduation in May.
Today they learned about Binary, Ternary, and Rondo Form. We had a chance to analyze "Forget You" along with the "Theme from Star Wars"
Soundtrack/Timeline of My Life Autobiography Project
Think of incidents from your life. What music would you put in the background as a soundtrack?
-First Reconciliation -First Communion -Sports
-Field Trip -Summer Vacation -Confirmation
Add your song ideas to these lists!
“Itsy Bitsy Spider”
“The Wheels on the Bus”
“If You’re Happy and You Know It”
Songs we all seem to know and relate to:
John Lennon’s “Imagine”
Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” Katy Perry’s “Roar”
Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song”
Black Eyed Pea’s “Where is the Love?”
Songs about people, places, events, memories, and so on:
Lynard Skynard’s “Sweet Home Alabama”
Garth Brooks’ “The Dance”
“Hakuna Matata” from the Lion King
"Fishing in the Dark" ...for fishermen
"Take Me Out to the Ball Game"...for baseball players "The Wheels on the Bus"...for school bus riders
"I'm Being Eaten by a Boa Constrictor"...for those who went to day care “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith
“See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa
“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
“Time of Your Life” by Green Day
Think about how soundtracks create different moods during movies and television shows:
“Summer Nights” The classic Grease soundtrack evokes a happy-go lucky feel, while “Hopelessly Devoted” is full of melancholy.
The Twilight Zone creates an eerie, creepy mood, while the Friends theme, “I’ll be There for You” is upbeat and fun and reminds us of our own friendships.
The theme from Jaws makes us feel terrified, suspenseful, or anxious, even when we hear it outside of the movie.
Other familiar soundtracks: The Lion King
The Sound of Music
Oh Brother Where Art Thou Step Up
Songs outside the normal musical choices:
“Amazing Grace” reminded a student of when his grandparents died.
“Don’t Laugh at Me” by Mark Wills is about being made fun of, something another student dealt with her whole life.
Madonna’s “Material Girl” describes the student’s selfish teenage years.
“Small Town” by John Mellencamp tells the story of life in a small town in Colorado.
Enya’s “Only Time” explains that true understanding may take a whole lifetime.
Be creative with titles!
So It Goes...
Grains of Sand Simply Complicated Life As I Know It Death Do Us In Endless Infinity Hidden Emotion
A Dreamer’s Vision Words in the Wind
Life Passed By
Brainstorm with your friends and family!
“Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” represents a dark period in my life when my mother died suddenly, the Columbine tragedy happened in my home state, two close friends died, and I lost three students within three years. The words ‘you’re in the arms of the angel, may you find some comfort there’ reflect my hope that those I lost have found peace wherever their souls may dwell. The song’s slow, haunting rhythm exemplifies the way I felt during that time.”
-Betsie Nielson, Dove Creek High School, Dove Creek, Colorado.
Due Wednesday January 13th
A list of at least 2 songs and major events in your life, submitted in a paragraph for each song
Due Wednesday February 10th
2 more songs and major events in life, submitted in a paragraph for each song with pictures
Final Project Due Wednesday March 30th
6 total songs and major events in life, submitted in a paragraph for each song with pictures on a page
**ONE of the six songs MUST be originally composed and submitted to Ms. Smith via email: hsmith@ascension- parish.com ** In the paragraph for this song, you should write about what inspired the song, what elements of music you chose to use, and why/how they relate to this event in your life.
Shortened Clip of Final Project Due Wednesday May 4th to be used for Graduation
30-second video/slideshow presentation using PowerPoint including pictures and excerpts of music arranged or original composition in Garage Band representing major events in your life
Please submit any additional photos you would like used in the slide show to Ms. Smith no later than May 4th
for final Graduation slide show
A page for your soundtrack must include the following elements: • “Soundtrack of My life” title
• All six songs with
o Event connected to it
o One paragraph of explanation
o A link to the audio recording, the video, or at least the lyrics. • Common theme for font choices, colors, and images
• At least one picture unique to each paragraph/song
• Your final project will be graded on the writing with the connections you made to each song, the inclusion of all of the elements, and how well the overall appearance blends together for the visual presentation (themes, colors, fonts, etc.).
Below is a screen shot of a sample created by a teacher (note, each writing space actually has a scroll bar to show more info)
A second option is a “CD cover” for your soundtrack.
o Using a piece of regular posterboard (22x28 inches, white strongly suggested, but not required), use the left side as the cover of your album and the right side as the back, where the songs are listed.
• Left Side- You will need to create a cover with the title “Soundtrack of My Life” and your own name, along with an image or images that relate to you/your life in some way. It should fill the side of the whole page, from edge to edge. The lettering should be large, and as neat as possible. The whole thing should contain color! NOTE: If you use a picture or clip art, you must cite your source!
• Right Side- List your songs in order, along with the event and the paragraph (use example format shown in Step 4). This should also be in a larger font size, be very neat (suggest typing) and easy to read! Remember to plan out- there are six songs that need to be listed! You may choose to type or neatly handwrite your paragraph andthen cut it out and paste it to the posterboard, which is strongly suggested.
• Below is a screen shot of a sample CD cover