Animusic 1


Jeff Garrard
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TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Music Production






DVD player (or computer with DVD drive)
Animusic 1 DVD


45 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:


MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
MENC 7: Evaluating music and music performances.
MENC 8: Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.


DVD player (or computer with DVD drive)
Animusic 1 DVD
Animusic 1 Teacher Guide (free download at


To give students greater insight and appreciation of pitch, rhythm, instrumentation, melody, harmony, and dynamics.

To have students engage in active listening and analyze what they see and hear.

To illustrate musical terms with interesting animated instruments by viewing unique music videos.


First step is to show one of the music videos. There are 7 different videos, each lasting about 5 minutes.

At the end of the video, ask questions and lead class discussion. After 5 minutes of discussion, show another video and discuss.

PITCH: Recognition of high and low sounds. Discuss which instruments are creating high pitches and which are creating low pitches. Identify when the higher and/or lower sounds enter a piece.
Consider the instrumentation of each musical selection.
Which instruments are pitched and which are unpitched? Which sounds can you reproduce with your voice?

RHYTHM: In the video Stick Figures, What is the pulse grouping of this piece? Can you identify which instrument or instruments help you locate this?

In the video Drum Machine, backbeat vs. beat (hi-hat); can you play these rhythms on a drum set? Can you maintain the pulse in your foot while clapping one of the other rhythms in your hands? What are the challenges associated with this activity?

In the video Pipe Dream, Can you find the underlying pulse of this piece? Does the use of rests, or silence, in the music make it difficult to find the pulse? Can you tap or clap the pulse?

MELODY: In the video Aqua Harp, Recognize a single line of melody introduced by the harp. How many times is this single line of melody played before another sound and instrument is introduced? Which instruments play harmony to the main melody?


Class discussion will indicate which students gained insight and inspiration.

Follow Up:

Have students invent (or draw) their own unique musical instruments.

Play just the music by itself from some of the videos, then ask students to guess what types of instruments they’d expect to be playing. Then show the video part and compare.

Items to Purchase:

Animusic DVD $19.95

When budget should be submitted:

2-3 weeks in advance.

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