Movies to Games, Classically Trained
with Alpin Hong
What’s a movie without its score? Or imagine the classic Mario Brothers game without the background music. This performance illustrates how the elements of today’s music are rooted in classical traditions. Classically-trained pianist and international performer Alpin Hong returns, inviting us to explore how music from popular movies, television shows, and video games affect the listener. He connects with students using humor and familiar topics, drawing comparisons between modern compositions and traditional classical music, highlighting how both use rhythm, harmony, and melody to emotionally influence the audience.
COMMON CORE STANDARDS EASILY APPLIED IN YOUR CLASSROOM:
- 2.SL.2: Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
- 4.RI.2: Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
- 5.RI.8: Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
Lesson Plan Idea: Play a short scene from a film on mute. Students brainstorm the mood. Then play the same scene with the sound turned on, followed again by the students brainstorming the scene’s mood. Discuss the effects of music and sound effects on an audience.
“It was the best kids program I have ever been to in 25 years. I loved it!”
–5th grade teacher, Pacific Union College Elementary School
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
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