Objective: Through musical improvisation and the use of video, students will demonstrate their understanding of how music is used to advance a storyline.
Purpose: This lesson will serve as an introduction to program music.
A DVD of VHS tape of Finding Nemo
A television and DVD player or VCR
A video camera
An assortment of classroom instruments.
A DVD or VHS tape of Jaws
A recording of Debussyıs La Mer
Anticipatory Set: As the children enter the room they will see the opening scene from Jaws playing on the television. The sound will be turned off and Debussyıs La Mer will be playing in the background.
Check for Student Understanding: After the class has watched the scenes, the class will have a chance to ask each group about their process. The teacher may facilitate the discussion by asking questions such as, ³why did you choose this instrument to represent what was happening on the screen?²
Closure: Finally, the class will watch the Finding Nemo scene with the original music and make comparisons between their music and the original music.
Extensions: This activity can be done using different scenes and different movies. You may also make cross curriculum connections by using books that the children are reading in their classrooms. The children may also write their own stories and then soundtrack them. This activity may be used as an introduction to opera as well as program music.