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Summer 2015 Film Scoring project - Going Green cue list

Mute the sound and imagine the possibilities:


1) 0:00-0:34 The busy city 2) 0:35 - 1:01  Walk sign/Cars take back the streets 3) 1:02 - 1:31  A beautiful tree 4) 1:32 - 2:03  Bird encounter 5) 2:04 - 2:35  The rebellion begins 6) 2:36 - 3:08  Renegade green lights  7) 3:09 - 3:45  Team Green takes over! 8) 3:46 - 4:03  Traffic jam 9) 4:04 - 4:21  Life in the country 10) 4:22 - 4:44  End Credits
Participating students will compose several short instrumental pieces to accompany the above video. We will work together to record the music and then place the musical cues in the appropriate places, linking sounds to the images. The deadline for completion of this film scoring project will be the end of August. More information can be provided upon request.
This project is not for everyone -- some of my students are too young for this type of work and others won't be able to make the time commitment required -- but those who get onboard will enjoy a unique, rewarding musical challenge.

Spring Composition Challenge: Back to the Future IV theme

The Back to the Future trilogy of movies is one of the most beloved film franchises in American cinema history. For anyone unfamiliar with this series, this link will tell you everything you need to know. The second movie of the trilogy famously featured the lead characters Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveling to the future year of 2015. Viewers are treated to a wild collection of futuristic conceits: flying cars, hoverboards, self-lacing sneakers, and the Chicago Cubs being baseball world series champions!

Since we now find ourselves in the year 2015, I think it would be interesting to consider the Back to the Future trilogy once again and imagine a fourth film in the series. Back to the Future IV would be set in the year 2045 and... the rest is up to you.
The challenge for my students is to compose a musical theme for:
Here are some guidelines:

- the completed piece needs to be a minimum of 12 measures long - the final draft needs to be notated using either Noteflight or Musescore - the fo…

Theta Games for CM Students

Theta Ear Training Games by CM Level


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