Creating a Movie Soundtrack

Creating a Movie Soundtrack

Tracey DeGrace
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Dudley Middle School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Music Production


Middle School


General Music


Computer lab with Internet access and installed with a sequencing program (program must be capable of inserting video files).


At least 3 or 4: 40 minute class periods. Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students will have prior knowledge of musical instruments and timbres. Students have already fooled with the sequencing program to learn.

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 4: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
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.


Computer Disks for every student (to save projects)
Disk or folder of loop sounds
Infocus Projector with Computer
Written instructions for project(s) and software use.


Students will learn how to use a sequencing program to create their own sound projects.
Students will create their own soundtrack to a Movie Trailer of their choice.


Day 1: In computer lab. (Use Infocus Projector)

1.Teacher demonstrates how to use sequencing program. Show them how to enter sounds and play around.
2.Teacher explains project #1. (This project allows them to “Play”.)

Project #1: Individual students create a project using any sounds and any form they want. Project must beat least 8 bars in length with a minimum of 5 tracks.

Day 2: In computer lab.

1.Students continue to work on individual project.
2.Students save project to disk and turn in for grade.
3.If time allows, begin sharing projects with class.

Day 3: In computer lab or classroom with projector.

1.Share projects with the class and ask students to explain what they created.
2.Teacher explains Soundtrack project.
3.Students will choose groups (no more than 2 or 3 students in each group).
4.Teacher instructs students to research and/or discuss with group in order to select what Movie Trailer they want to use for their project.

Day 3: In computer lab.

1.Students will go on the internet and download movie trailer.
2.Import movie trailer to sequencing program.
3.Students begin working on soundtrack. (sounds should line up with the actions on the video in time.)
4.Save work to disk. Turn in disk to teacher.

Day 4 (& 5 if needed): In computer lab.

1.Students will continue/finish their projects.
2.Save work to disk and turn in.

Next class(es): In classroom with Infocus projector.

1.Group will share project with class and explain their choices.
2.Play vidoe clip with original sound.
4.Repeats Steps 1-3 for each group project.


Project #1 and Soundtrack Project:

PE-Project is completed according to directions, and shows excellent effort, creativity, and variety.
P- Project is completed according to directions, and show good or acceptable effort with limited creativity and variety.
F- Project is not completed according to directions, and shows little effort.
Or project is not completed at all.

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