Creating a Soundtrack
- Level: Beginner
- Learning: Listening | Sound design | Collaboration | Composition
- What’s needed: MIDI keyboard | Push (optional)
- Prerequisite knowledge: Navigating MIDI tracks | Arrange view recording | Exporting audio
- What’s included: Videos | Live Set | Audio | Student Guides | Rubric | Questions
Lesson 1: Explore and Combine Cinematic Sounds (50-90min)
In this lesson, students examine and dissect the sounds and music of film trailers. They explore and layer the supplied cinematic samples and share musical ideas with peers.
Lesson 2: Use Images as Inspiration for Composition (50-90min)
This lesson aims at getting students to identify the extensive role that music has in shaping the tone and mood of a film. Students then use imagery as a stimulus to compose and record short musical ideas using the included Live Set.
Lesson 3: Compose, Perform and Record a Soundtrack (90-120min)
In this lesson, students collaborate in small groups to develop musical arrangements in response to film or imagery. Using the provided Live Set, they compose, perform and record their musical compositions.
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