Learning Recommendations: No prior movie viewing experience necessary!
General Description: Have you ever watched a movie and thought about how the music impacts the mood and emotional content within the movie? In this course, we will view a large variety of movies and analyze the music within them. We will utilize music theory and your general music knowledge in our analysis.
Content: Many major motion pictures will be viewed during the semester, which include genres with jazz, classical, or world music, plus the genre of the large scale musical. Several composers will be studied including John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, W.A. Mozart, F. Chopin, and Scott Joplin.
Strategies: Music vocabulary will be stressed throughout the semester, with written descriptions of the film music due weekly. Students will present scenes from a film of their choice, along with appropriate music discussion. Final project for the term will be a student-created work defined by the instructor to compile a creative timeline, depicting the films and composers studied during the semester.
Equipment to be provided by Student: None