This resource focuses on the elements of Film Music Area of Study for the WJEC/Eduqas specification, but can also be applicable to OCR, AQA and Edexcel as part of your composition and listening studies. The booklet provides resources and self-assessed PLCs for approximately 1 term’s work, and the following is covered:-
Harmony - Diatonic and Dissonant.
Rhythm & Metre - irregular metres in Film Music
Specimen Listening Questions for the WJEC/Eduqas paper
I created this lesson for an 50mins interview lesson which allowed the students to listen to musical examples and show their understanding of the music with the flashcards followed by exploring how to create an effective theme for a character. It is designed to allow as much composing time as possible.
It worked really well (and it got me the job). This can EASILY be extended over a couple of lessons to allow for further thematic development.
This scheme of work is currently being taught to year 9 students although I have taught it with year 8 at a different school. The scheme of work aims to explore different genres of music including different musical devices before the main project which involves the sound being removed from four different clips (of each genre) and asking students in groups to come up with the music to accompany it.
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Resources to support students with a film music composition taking minimum of 5 lessons (1x motif composition, 1x intro, 1x build up, 1x climax and 1x resolution).
3 different composition briefs are provided which are split into introduction, build-up, climax and resolution so students can ensure structure to their composition. There is also an introduction to motifs (garageband lesson 1) and how to develop their use.
The planning sheet provides key musical devices which should be defined on the sheet (using the planning instructions powerpoint which has musical examples and audio embedded) and describes the choice students have for each section.
Differentiation is clear on the powerpoint and differentiates by the use of composition device.
This has been created for KS3 but could also support GCSE students beginning to compose film ideas.
KS3 Scheme of Work (6-8 lessons) including 10 pages of teacher's notes and 14 pupils' worksheets
• To become familiar with music for different films and to recognise film genres
• To learn how some musical features can be combined to create soundtracks for different film genres
• To perform a film music theme on the keyboard, and to adapt it to compose for a film clip
• Lesson 1: Film and Genre
• Lesson 2: Musical Ideas for Film Genres
• Lesson 3*: Orchestral Film Music
• Lesson 4: Listening to the James Bond Theme
• Lesson 5: Practising the James Bond Theme
• Lesson 6: Performing the James Bond Theme
• Lesson 7*: Composing film music
• Lesson 8*: Final evaluation of composition
• Cover lesson/homework worksheets:
o Sound effects for film
o Creative sound effects
o A Century of Film Music (2 pages)
* Lessons 3, 7 and 8 are self-contained lessons which can be omitted for a shorter scheme of work
• Film genres: thriller, romance, cartoon, comedy, sci-fi, western
• Musical features: cluster chords, ‘oom-pah’ accompaniment, atonal, major, minor, chromatic
• Timbres: synthesiser, strings, brass
• Performing (keyboard) – The James Bond Theme
• Listening – Film Genres, James Bond Theme with score and in context of a film
• Composing – Goldfinger pre-credits sequence
PowerPoint and activity where students need to compose leitmotifs. Students provided with different characters that they need to compose for, which then return back to be all from the same film. Great lesson!
Differentiated film music motifs for the piano both 1 and 2 hands (with and without notes). Guitar tab also provided for some. Motifs are either in the horror, fantasy or romantic genre. There is also powerpoint slides which include instructions and push your thinking ideas.
Sibelius files are also provided.
Differentiated listening questions are also provided in the genres listed above.
Analysis of some motifs is provided with musical language to stretch the most able.
This resource is a 22 page PDF file with information about the purpose of music in films, links to videos, as well as written response activities for students
♫ Print off the students response pages individually or combine to create a student workbook.
The slides included:
• questions requiring students’ written response,
• images for student to respond to and
• a film scoring project!
♫ A answer key is NOT included as the student responses will vary.
Keyboard task suitable for a KS3 Music classroom, or as an introduction at KS4. Note names are on the score.
Worksheet is in PDF format within a .zip folder.
Theme 1 and 2 with the chords above.
I have used this worksheet as a variations task, introducing major and minor chords and scales - evaluating the impact this has on the listener - or the mood Superman is in!
This is a 5 week scheme of work to teach Film Music. This includes a topic workbook, PowerPoints for all the lessons (including audio & videos), a scheme of work and a teacher assessment sheet.
This scheme of work is suitable for both KS3 & KS4 students and covers a range of musical features and vocabulary. Students have the opportunity to learn about and compose a leitmotif as well as music to accompany a film clip (Fast & Furious).
The scheme of work also enables students to compose using technology and includes instructions on how to import a video file into GarageBand.
KS3 Year 9 Film Music Scheme of Work including 7 lesson plans with resources, film clips, worksheets and homework tasks. This scheme is designed to be used in the music classroom with basic instruments, although it can be easily adapted to use in a computer room with music software if available, which works well. Aimed at year 9 students, although this would work with other year groups if it fits into your annual planning. I have used this for many years with much success as the scheme lends itself to evidence based analysis and review from teacher and pupil including self and peer evaluation, ideal for Ofsted to see a clear progression of learning.
This wonderful and highly effective Powerpoint Slide is a faithful reproduction of the original Star Wars scrolling text that appears in the film.
It includes the music and is easily editable to whatever you need it for.
Adapted for the new OCR 9-1 course but would suit other SOW.
Focuses on the score writing process. Introduces the ideas of analysis and linking elements of music to themes and moods in the scene. Homework worksheet would also be good as a starter/activity during the lesson if they have access to computers/ipads/youtube.