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Music Makes the Scene 
The impact of music on the movies...and on you!
By Cathy Blair
Book and DVD
40 pages and 50-min. DVD
For grades 5 - 8

The 50-minute DVD that is the centerpiece of this book includes 10 short (30-45 second) original movie clips. Each is shown once without audio, then 3 more times, each time with different music. Students watch and listen to all 4 versions of the clip while completing guided-listening activities that highlight how each of the different soundtracks affects the reactions to the movie clip.

There are 2 reproducible worksheets for each film-clip group. One requires solid knowledge of tempo and dynamic terminology and the ability to identify instruments by sound. It also requires creative thinking and writing from the students. The other worksheet is a series of multiple-choice questions. These worksheets and listening guides bring critical listening alive in your classroom.

Using Music Makes the Scene
Film Clip Overviews
Reproducible Worksheets
   Ancient Egypt, Crystal Effects, Do You Like to Fly?, From the Treetops, Night Vision, Mad Rush,
   March of the Penguins, Ocean's Island, Tales of the Tribesmen, Episode in Space
Their Music Makes the Scene (short biographies of several film composers)
Whose Music Made the Scene? (Film-composer quiz)
Answer Keys


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My students have to do a county assessment and the format sounds like this book. I thought I would use it to practice with.
Carrie K on Mar 12, 2013
For a high school music appreciation class (I have to substitute) What could be more fun than to have a scary movie w/o music - or better yet - shown w/a lullaby or a sweet domestic scene w/a Mahler or G. Holst' "Jupiter" as a background? I think the students will really enjoy this. What a great way to appreciate music - by hearing/seeing Star Trek w/o the music that made it so famous! I will be sure to view the video myself (so I can make up some quiz questions!)
Carolyn D on Oct 10, 2011
It sounds like it would be engaging for my private piano and violin students during their lab time.
Tanya B on Aug 25, 2012

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