Students will collaboratively compose and perform an ostinato-based piece to accompany a selected video clip. All students will watch a selected “wordless” video clip (i.e., a clip with the soundtrack muted) that is about two minutes in length.
Students will form groups composed of three to five musicians and compose an ostinato-based musical soundtrack between one minute and thirty seconds and two minutes thirty seconds in length that is meant to accompany the video clip. At the completion of the project, the groups will each perform their composition as an accompaniment to the video clip (with the original audio muted). Additionally, each student will keep a journal of the progress and process of his/her group, use staff paper to experiment with different ideas, and, upon completion, write a reflection based on the experience.
This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.
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