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Set the scene:

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 10.50.39 AM    The class used this painting for inspiration for our story, “There’s Something in the Water.” Click on the link to hear our story and soundtrack.

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Happy Halloween 2014!

The lesson below would be fun for grades 4 and up. With a change of images lower grades would have a great time with this.

National Standards for Music Education

1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.

4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.

5. Reading and notating music.

6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.

7. Evaluating music and music performances.

8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.

9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.


Today in class we are taking inspiration from:

1. lots of percussion “toys,”

2. memories of music for scary movies,

3. and our own desire to make some fun music.

display on a table a wide variety of percussion instruments.

have  moody lighting scheme and  clear floor for sitting.

“We are going to create a very short scary or funny story, three minutes or less in length.”

“We will find a topic for our story from illustrations I will project (see above). We will discuss our choice for a “Place” for our story.”

After discussion,  outline:  a plot, characters, action, &, of course, a surprise ending!

practice telling the story and choosing instruments to add sound effects to the action.  (Upper grades could also discuss the job description of foley artists in the film industry.)


Using the app Voice from Adobe we will record our story, frame by frame.

For the next lesson,  assign pictures to illustrate at home for each scene, plus a title slide, and credits. These should be added before sharing the final product.

the camera from iPad (simple) or app Scanner Pro could be used to add the students’ artwork.

The show should only be about three minutes in length.

It is the process that matters here and the empowerment of students to eventually create story, music, sound, and art on their own.


Some resources for the images:


1. Limit number of instruments available for younger grades.

2. Timeline for younger grades or shorter class times. One day to introduce instruments and how they make their sounds. The next day  write story and assign illustrations.  I would assign multiple people for each scene. Each works on his/her own paper. Third day record narrations and take up illustrations. Fourth day show the completed work.

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