1. A Cinematic Journey Cover ArtJulie’s new score(KENDOR MUSIC) with its two backup tracks available through iTunes and CD BabyNow (see right column) provides a rich musical tapestry for performance, and has also been designed to couple with a lesson plan featuring music that accompanies film—a booming industry for composers and musicians. Julie’s in-school residency focuses on the role strings play in cinematic music. Students are provided with an opportunity to explore and understand the music they are exposed to on television, in movies, video games, as well as musical theatre. 

We tend to define ear training through a traditional lens: an aural skill based on listening skills: pitch, intervalic relationships, melody, chords, rhythms, and other basic elements of music. This in-school residency will provide teachers and students with a series of new focal points for listening and analysis that also combine creativity, composition, improvisation, arranging skills, and more.

Music for video games alone outperforms Hollywood Movies in sales and both industries (as well as television shows and commercials) rely on industry-tailored compositions that convey a number of moods and contain signature themes that intertwine to represent specific characters and scenes within each story. String students are exposed to the music of this industry every single day. Now you can provide your students with tangible tools to recognize what they hear and the ability to master the tools needed if they wish to enter this field.

A lesson plan on cinematic music provides at least four educational opportunities:

1) Students learn to identify the difference between music designed to accompany visual stories versus concert music.

2) Students can exercise creative skills outside of melody and harmony through learning to generate textural effects inspired by emotions and visual topography.

3) Students can write a story (this can be coordinated with the literature teacher) and compose music (or improvise music) to accompany the story.

3) Students can develop simple arranging skills by learning to choose and couple sound-track loops with a pre-written orchestra arrangement.

These exercises and skills can be applied to any piece of music you choose for rehearsal and performance, and provides a tool through which you can satisfy 33% of NAfME’s national standards for music.