Composing for the Theater
How to compose effective music for theatrical performances
How to go about understanding style and musical themes
How do studnets learn to utilize technology to compose music
Using GarageBand to compose
Working with the drama class and its production
Considering appropriate compositional style
Preparing a musical score to accompany the play
Students will read through the play, work with the drama teacher and myself to decide on a musical style appropriate to the production.
Students will mark their scripts for appropriate places to insert music
Students will work in pairs or individually to compose appropriate pieces, effects and recorded audio for the production.
All students will learn about an appropriate style that suits the production. Ex. Swing music and the twelve bar blues for a detective/mystery style of play.
Students will hear examples of the style on the stereo, be given assignments that will get them comfortable with composing in this style, and compose alotted pieces
Compositions will be completed and put on the server
All compositions will be put onto the school server and later downloaded to a laptop
During the final week before the perfromance of the play, music students will join the theater class to add music to the show as well as helping with technical needs such as lighting, set movement, costuming etc.
Teacher assessment via note taking and observation
Recordings (CD's, DVD's)
Computers and piano keyboards
Dependent upon the type of play selected.
This class requires close work between the music and drama departments as well as being open to the community to come and share in the performance.