We now started a new composition task about writing film music (basically programme music but specifically associated with a scene). In the introduction, students watched a few ‘muted’ clips of scenes from popular films and we brainstormed what each student would compose for the film to invoke the feelings of the film. They would then hear the actual music underlying the scene and many students had the ‘aha’ moment where they saw the importance of music where they would not usually notice it. After watching a few different genres of film scenes, they are now asked to find a scene of their choice to write an underscore for.
Here are their finished products: