Teachers will select a piece of instrumental music of relatively short length (3-4 minutes) and play a recording for the class. The style of the piece should be connected to the context of the class setting: teachers of traditional ensembles might be more inclined (though not necessarily) to play a piece of Western art music, and teachers in non-ensemble settings (electronic music, for example) might play an instrumental example in a related style.
The student’s task is to imagine what sort of on-screen scene might accompany this music if this music were part of a movie soundtrack. The student’s response will contain three parts: a rough sketch/drawing depicting the movie scene, a brief description of the action taking place in the scene, and a description of at least two specific musical features that guided him or her toward the scene described.
This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.
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