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Favourite Songs

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary

Critical & Creative ThinkingAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical & Creative Thinking

1. List your top 5 favourite songs.

2. Underneath each song outline:

- What genre of movie you would use it in; and
- Why you would use it in that specific genre.

Genres [Types] of Movies:

Horror Romantic Comedy Adventure/Action Science Fiction Drama

 

Online

 

Research and compare: a Film Music Director and a Conductor.

MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

1. Research two different music director jobs: a Film Music Director and a Conductor. Reading

Resources:

How to Become a Music Director for Movies: Career Guide

Guide to working with a film composer

How do I become a Music Director for Movies?

Career Planner: Music Director

Careers in Music: Conductor

 

2. You are now to list in columns, a table, and, a Venn diagram:
- The similarities and differences between the jobs.

 

 

 

Have you got an Australian Musical in you?

High SchoolSecondary

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking
Personal and social capability
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

1. Form a group of 4 - 5 students, and read the following articles Reading

The Conversation 12 January 2017

The Conversation

The Conversation 22 June 2017

The Conversation

2. Select 10 musicals mentioned in these articles to research as a group. Research your two musicals in more detail. What is the story line? Romance? Comedy? Horror? Or a mixture of both?

3. As a group, you are going to write a storyline that would appeal to your class and school. Compare with the other groups in the class. Do you have similar thoughts? Those groups that are similar you are to divide your musical into 3 sections - beginning, middle and end.

4. Continuing in your group, you are to now write one song for musical.

If your song is at the beginning it is to set the scene. The middle is to have drama and conflict while the song at the end is to resolve the issues involved [or not!].

5. Put your song to music - share this responsibility.

6. Combine with the other groups with the same storyline and share your songs.

7. Share with the rest of the class.

8. How could this be converted to a full musical with 7 - 10 songs?

9. Perform your songs to the whole class and video the production.  Video

 

 

Websites, Games & Apps

Bravo Gustavo Game

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary

ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

Bravo Gustavo Game

Ready to test your conducting skills? Use your keyboard to guide Gustavo as he conducts each section of the orchestra. Can you achieve the level of super maestro?

 

 

The Orchestra App

the Orchestra app

COST: $9.99
DEVELOPER: Touch Press

Screenshots 
Read about the development of this App....

The Orchestra article
 

 

Did You Know?

DYK

A conductor of an orchestra has the primary responsibility of preparing the musical ensemble for public presentations.

This requires the interpretation of musical works and real-time communication of those interpretations to musicians via arm gestures. Generally speaking, it is expected that the conductor will learn an entire score rather than its individual parts.

He or she will generally be required to carry out a number of significant business duties, as well, which can drastically affect whether the orchestra will do well. Many orchestra leaders work as educators and regularly work to expand their own expertise through advanced degrees, seminars, workshops, and similar events.

Leading the Orchestra


The most important thing a conductor of an orchestra does is lead symphony members through rehearsals and performances. He or she accomplishes this in part by standing on a podium in front of the musicians while executing a series of specific arm movements. The musicians interpret these movements, gaining information such as how fast or loud to play. A conductor learns standard conducting patterns as part of his or her education, but each develops his or her own style or approach over time. Fundamental knowledge of every instrument is standard, as well, and during the rehearsal process, conductors might physically demonstrate or verbally describe exactly what they want orchestra members to do to get specific sounds.
(Source: WiseGeek)

 

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