Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Death of the "Theme Song"...There's An Activity In There!

By Mark T. Burke


"Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip..."

If you're 40+ years old, this line from one of the most famous theme songs will certainly bring back childhood memories of the scatter-brained first mate, the unlucky tourists and their vacation voyage.  Theme songs played a key role in setting the stage for TV shows for many years.  However, fewer shows rely on their power now-a-days.  You can check out the clip that inspired my post today.  TV Shows Scale Back On Theme Songs.

I did a few online searches for "theme song class projects" and "theme song music projects" etc. but didn't really find much.  So how about we bring back theme song composition skills by turning our kids loose? Having students compose theme songs is certainly complex considering they could compose the music and lyrics. Using tools like GarageBand and MixCraft however, makes the process possible.  Now, students don't have to compose themes for TV shows. How about having them compose a theme song for a high school marching band "year in review" video. You could replace marching band with any sports team actually. How about composing a theme song for a charity event or school club?  This activity would be a great way to inspire the sharing of ideas and emotions through song.

What do you think?  Have you tried something similar? Can you share any student examples?

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viaAcademies' Exploring Music course teaches basic music composition using two of the leading sequencing programs, GarageBand and MixCraft. Students apply their understanding of musical elements including melody, harmony, rhythm, form, timbre, volume and pitch to the creation of original music.  In addition, students learn to alter existing musical loops to create variations and music of various forms.  viaAcademies courses integrate with brick and mortar schools, virtual schools and hybrid learning environments.  All course content is available to students 24/7. Teacher support is available to students who enroll with viaAcademies or schools can use local teachers to work with their students. Contact viaAcademies for more information and school pricing by emailing mark.burke@viaacademies.com

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