Score Movies with a Sibelius Riffbox

Score movies with a Sibelius Riffbox

Eric Rizzo
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Amityville HS

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation Software
Multimedia

Level:

High School

Class:

Music Technology

Equipment:

A computer running Sibelius (mac or PC), possibly Quicktime pro.

Duration:

5×40 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Basic computer skills, experience with the sibelius software, knowledge of music theory (at least one year.

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Improvising melodies, harmonies, and accompaniments.
NAfME Standards of 1994: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
NAfME Standards of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

Materials:

A teacher station connected to a projector, speakers, and movie clips either from the internet or provided by the instructor of appropriate material 1-2 minutes in length.

Objectives:

High school students with music theory background will create an original music score with an “effects” track created from a “riff box” of short melodic ideas created in sibelius to a short movie. Two musical sections music be present with at least four layers of music to allow for chord structures to support melodies.

Procedures:

Students will create short “riffs” to use for each event in the movie. Additional riff can be created as needed, and a single riff can be used as a recurring theme. The movie can be created/edited very easily with Quicktime Pro. Students will insert markers for their riffs, and a change in the score reflecting some change in the movie clip.

Evaluation:

A set number of markers must be present, as well as the two sections of music being present as a base for grading. On top of that the construction of a melody that compliments/supports the chordal structure can be graded as well. Students must also label their chords.

Follow Up:

Students may score movies in programs such as garageband, iMovie, moviemaker, etc. They may also score longer, more difficult movie clips.

Items to Purchase:

Computers (mac or PC), a number of copies of sibelius for each computer. A site license is best and more cost effective

When budget should be submitted:

 

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