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Exploring Film Music
Soundtracks Scheme of Work and Lesson Pathways
Soundtracks (Exploring Film Music) Scheme of Work
Soundtracks (Exploring Film Music) Scheme of Work
Soundtracks (Exploring Film Music) Scheme of Work
Soundtracks (Exploring Film Music) Scheme of Work
Soundtracks Music Theory
Pupils construct intervals of a 5th adding notes above and below treble and bass clef staff notation and work out the note names of chords (also in treble and bass clef notation with accidentals) before aurally evaluating whether they are a concord or discord.
Pupils construct intervals of a 5th adding notes above and below treble and bass clef staff notation and work out the note names of chords (also in treble and bass clef notation with accidentals) before aurally evaluating whether they are a concord or discord.
Soundtracks DOITNOW Presentation
Large selection of DOITNOW lesson openers with embedded audio and video files
Large selection of DOITNOW lesson openers with embedded audio and video files
Download the entire "Soundtracks" unit as a .zip file bundle (2.9 GB)
Soundtracks Knowledge Organiser
Soundtracks Knowledge Organiser
Soundtracks Knowledge Organiser
Soundtracks Dictation
Bass and Treble Clef Melodic Dictation based on Film Music Themes
Bass and Treble Clef Melodic Dictation based on Film Music Themes
Audio Extracts for Soundtracks Dictation
Soundtracks Plenary Review Activities
Plenary Lesson Reviews Presentation
The Musical Contexts Soundtracks Composing Videos Bank

A collection of short films (all in .mp4 format) suitable for soundtrack composition activities all preceded by the “5-4-3-2-1 countdown timer” and with an on-screen timer throughout.  Most videos are given in “silent” form and with the original soundtrack, dialogue, underscore or sound effects.   

Music Spotting sessions and the construction of a Storyboard and/or Cuesheet can then be completed before pupils attempt to create their own film music soundtracks.

"Collapse" (Short Film)

"Collapse" Short Film

(2 mins 29 seconds)

Silent with on-screen timer

"Collapse" (Short Film)

"Collapse" Short Film

(2 mins 29 seconds)

Original Soundtrack

"Crows Attack" from 'The Birds'

"Crows Attack" from 'The Birds'

(2 mins 29 seconds)

Silent with on-screen timer

"Crows Attack" from 'The Birds'

"Crows Attack" from 'The Birds'

(2 mins 29 seconds)

Original Soundtrack

"The Force Awakens" (End Scene)

"The Force Awakens" (ending)

(2 mins 34 seconds)

Silent with on-screen timer

"The Force Awakens" (End Scene)

"The Force Awakens" 

(2 mins 34 seconds)

Original Soundtrack

"Guardians of the Galaxy" (Opening Sequence)

"Guardians of the Galaxy"

(2 mins 12 seconds)

Silent with on-screen timer

"Guardians of the Galaxy" (Opening Sequence)

"Guardians of the Galaxy"

(2 mins 12 seconds)

Original Soundtrack

"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"

"Harry Potter"

(3 mins 42 seconds)

Silent with on-screen timer

"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"

"Harry Potter"

(3 mins 42 seconds)

Original Soundtrack

"Harry Potter Dementor Train Attack Scene"

"Dementor Train Attack"

(3 mins 42 seconds)

Silent with on-screen timer

"Harry Potter Dementor Train Attack Scene"

"Dementor Train Attack"

(3 mins 42 seconds)

Original Soundtrack

"The Lit up Sea and the Wale" from 'The Life of Pi'

"The Life of Pi" (Whale)

(1 mins 43 seconds)

Silent with on-screen timer

"The Lit up Sea and the Wale" from 'The Life of Pi'

"The Life of Pi" (Whale)

(1 mins 43 seconds)

Original Soundtrack

"Metropolis"

"Metropolis"

(3 mins 32 seconds)

Silent with on-screen timer

"Metropolis"

"Metropolis"

(3 mins 32 seconds)

Original Soundtrack

"Scare Floor" scene from 'Monsters Inc'

"Monsters Inc" (Scare Floor)

(3 mins 32 seconds)

Silent with on-screen timer

"Scare Floor" scene from 'Monsters Inc'

"Monsters Inc"

(3 mins 32 seconds)

Original Soundtrack

"Throne Room" from 'Star Wars'

"Star Wars"

(1 mins 44 seconds)

Silent with on-screen timer

"Throne Room" from 'Star Wars'

"Star Wars"

(1 mins 44 seconds)

Original Soundtrack

"Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat"

"Train Arrival at La Ciotat"

(53 seconds)

Silent with on-screen timer

"Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat"

"Train Arrival at La Ciotat"

(53 seconds)

Early Piano Accompaniment

"The Woman in Black" (Trailer)

"Woman in Black" (Trailer")

(1 mins 31 seconds)

Silent with on-screen timer

"The Woman in Black" (Trailer)

"Woman in Black"

(1 mins 31 seconds)

Original Soundtrack

Soundtracks - The James Bond Film Music Project 
How Music is used in "Goldfinger"
James Bond Performing Sheets
James Bond Theme Performing Sheets
James Bond Performing Sheets
How the James Bond Leitmotif and Themes are used in a Soundtrack
How the James Bond Leitmotif and Themes are used in a Soundtrack Video File
How the James Bond Leitmotif and Themes are used in a Soundtrack
How the James Bond Leitmotif and Themes are used in a Soundtrack Audio File
No Time To Die Soundtrack Cue Sheet
Edited version of the "No Time to Die" trailer for soundtrack composition project
No Time to Die Soundtrack Cue Sheet
Soundtracks - Leitmotif Resources
Batman, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter & Star Wars Leitmotifs to Perform
Batman, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter & Star Wars Leitmotifs to Perform
14-page Study Guide exploring how the Elements of Music are used in Film Music Leitmotifs
14-page Study Guide exploring how the Elements of Music are used in Film Music Leitmotifs
Leitmotifs Video 1 - Jaws Leitmotif in Action
14-page Study Guide exploring how the Elements of Music are used in Film Music Leitmotifs
Leitmotif MIDI 1 - Batman Leitmotif
Leitmotif MIDI 2 - James Bond Leitmotif
Leitmotif MIDI 3 - Darth Vader Leitmotif
Leitmotifs Audio 1 - Listening for Timbre in Film Leitmotifs
Leitmotifs Audio 5 - Indiana Jones Rhythms
Leitmotifs Audio 2 - Listening for Pitch in Film Leitmotifs
Leitmotifs Audio 3 - Listening for Dynamics in Film Leitmotifs
Leitmotifs Audio 4 - Listening for Rhythm in Film Leitmotifs
Leitmotifs Audio 6 - Darth Vader Leitmotif Rhythms
Leitmotifs Audio 7 - Darth Vader Leitmotif
Leitmotifs Audio 8 - Indiana Jones Leitmotif
Leitmotifs Audio 9 - James Bond Leitmotif & Theme 1
Leitmotifs Audio 10 - Star Wars Leitmotif
Leitmotifs Audio 11 - Intervals Listening
Leitmotifs Audio 12 - James Bond Leitmotif
Leitmotifs Audio 13 - Tritone Examples
Leitmotifs Audio 14 - Harry Potter Leitmotif
Leitmotifs Audio 15 - Listening for Seconds in Leitmotifs
Exploring how Leitmotifs can be varied, changed and altered using the Elements of Music
Exploring how Leitmotifs can be varied, changed and altered using the Elements of Music
Leitmotifs Video 2 - Leitmotifs in Wagner's Operas
Leitmotifs Video 3 - Incidental Music and Leitmotifs in scenes from Jaws
Leitmotifs Audio 16 - Leitmotifs in Wagner's Operas Audio
Leitmotifs Audio 17 - Chromatic Sequencing in "Rigoletto"
Leitmotifs Audio 18 - Chromatic Sequencing from "Taste the Blood of Dracula"
Soundtracks - Horror Film & Haunted House Soundtracks Resources
"The Ghoul" - Film Music selection task/music spotting using existing music by Wagner
"The Ghoul" - Film Music selection task/music spotting using existing music by Wagner
"The Ghoul" Video Sequence
"The Ghoul" - Wagner extracts
5-page Study Guide exploring the soundtrack to "Psycho"
5-page Study Guide exploring the soundtrack to "Psycho"
Psycho Video 1 - Opening Titles with Soundtrack
Psycho Audio 1 - Opening Chords (repeated 4 times)
Psycho Audio 2 - The "Psycho Theme" Sigh Motif
Psycho Audio 3 - "Slasher Theme" from Psycho Soundtrack
Psycho Audio 4 - Film Music from Psycho Soundtrack
Performing "In the House - In a Heartbeat" from '28 Days Later'
"In the House - In a Heartbeat" from '28 Days Later' Audio
Performing the Theme to "Halloween" by John Carpenter
Theme from "Halloween" by John Carpenter Audio File
Composing a "Haunted House" piece of Film Music Ideas Mind Map
Haunted 'Psycho' House Video 4 with on-screen timer
Haunted 'Psycho' House Video 4 with on-screen composing prompts
Haunted 'Psycho' House Video 4 with original soundtrack
Haunted House Video 1 - with on-screen timer
Haunted House Video 1 - with on-screen composing prompts
Haunted House Video 2 - with on-screen timer
Haunted House Video 2 - with on-screen composing prompts
Haunted House Video 3 - with on-screen timer
Haunted House Video 3 - with on-screen composing prompts
Soundtracks - Westerns & Cowboys and Indians Films Soundtracks Resources
4-page Study Guide on Film Music in Westerns
4-page Study Guide on Film Music in Westerns
Westerns Audio 1 - Main Title from "The Big Country"
Westerns Audio 3 - Cowboy Theme from "Twins of Evil"
Westerns Audio 2 - Theme from "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly"
Westerns Audio 4 - Cowboy Theme from "The Magnificent Seven"
Westerns Audio 5 - Westerns Instruments Listening Quiz
Differentiated Performing Sheets for "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly"
Differentiated Performing Sheets for "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly"
"The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" Theme 1/10 Example (WWW/EBI)
"The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" Theme 6/10 Example (WWW/EBI)
"The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" Theme 2/10 Example (WWW/EBI)
"The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" Theme 7/10 Example (WWW/EBI)
"The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" Theme 3/10 Example (WWW/EBI)
"The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" Theme 8/10 Example (WWW/EBI)
"The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" Theme 4/10 Example (WWW/EBI)
"The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" Theme 9/10 Example (WWW/EBI)
"The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" Theme 5/10 Example (WWW/EBI)
"The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" Theme 10/10 Example (WWW/EBI)
Soundtracks - Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Magical Films Soundtracks Resources
Exploring the Elements of Music in the "Capsule in Space" sequence from 'You Only Live Twice'
Exploring the Elements of Music in the "Capsule in Space" sequence from 'You Only Live Twice'
"Capsule in Space" from 'You Only Live Twice' Video Sequence
"Capsule in Space" from 'You Only Live Twice' Audio only with cues
"Capsule in Space" Motifs Audio
Exploring Film Music in "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Harry Potter"
Exploring Film Music in "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Harry Potter"
Sci-Fi Audio 1 - 2001: A Space Odyssey (opening)
Sci-Fi Audio 3 - 2001: Also Sprach Zarathustra (complete)
Sci-Fi Audio 2 - 2001: Also Sprach Zarathustra (opening fanfare)
Sci-Fi Audio 4 - "Hedwig's Theme" from 'Harry Potter'
Soundtracks - Action, Thriller and Spy Films Soundtracks Resources
Exploring the Film Music from "Mission Impossible" and "The Pink Panther"
Exploring the Film Music from "Mission Impossible" and "The Pink Panther"
Action Audio 1 - Theme from "Mission Impossible"
Action Audio 2 - Theme from "The Pink Panther"
Performing the Theme to "Mission Impossible"
"Mission Impossible" (Melody and Bass Line parts together)
Soundtracks - General Film Music Resources
Orchestral and Electronic Resources in Film Music Listening Sheet
Orchestral & Electronic Audio 1 - "Spellbound" - Rózsa
Orchestral and Electronic Resources in Film Music Listening Sheet
Orchestral & Electronic Audio 2 - "Sorceror" (Tangerine Dream)
Orchestral & Electronic Audio 3 - "Koyaanisquatsi" (Philip Glass)
Film Music as an aid to Narrative Listening Sheet
Film Music as an aid to Narrative Listening Sheet
Theme Music from "Laura" (David Raskin)
The First Specially Composed Film Scores & Music Spotting
The First Specially Composed Film Scores & Music Spotting
October Video 1 - The Raising of the Bridges
October Video 2 - The Tanks Advance
Exploring Music in Cartoons and Animated Films
Cartoon Audio 1 - "Putty Tat Trouble" (1951)
Exploring Music in Cartoons and Animated Films
Cartoon Audio 2 - "Two Crows from Tacos" (1956)
Cartoon Audio 3 - Cartoon Clichés Listening Quiz
Film Music Composing Briefs (useful for GCSE Music Film Music composing to a brief without a video)
Soundtracks - 5 Minutes Reading Tasks and Cover and Homework Activities
6 sheets on Film Music with 'Questions to think about' (can be used as lesson openers)
6 sheets on Film Music with 'Questions to think about' (can be used as lesson openers)
6 sheets on Film Music with 'Questions to think about' (can be used as lesson openers)
Pupils answer comprehension questions and then think about how they would use instruments, sounds, sound effects and genres of music in different types of films.
Pupils answer comprehension questions and then think about how they would use instruments, sounds, sound effects and genres of music in different types of films.
Pupils think about how mood, instruments, tempo, pitch and musical features can be used in their choice of film types before creating a mini storyboard for one film and writing the lyrics to a theme song for it.
Pupils think about how mood, instruments, tempo, pitch and musical features can be used in their choice of film types before creating a mini storyboard for one film and writing the lyrics to a theme song for it.
Comprehension-style activity based on Film and Background Music and Cinema Sound Systems.
Comprehension-style activity based on Film and Background Music and Cinema Sound Systems.
Pupils match the titles of films to their soundtrack composer. Suggested answers provided. Requires Internet access for research.
Pupils match the titles of films to their soundtrack composer. Suggested answers provided. Requires Internet access for research.
Pupils answer questions relating to key words and terms in Film Music and find the answers within a word search grid.  Answers provided.
Pupils answer questions relating to key words and terms in Film Music and find the answers within a word search grid.  Answers provided.
Pupils complete missing words on the music used in different film genres before answering questions on Westerns and Horror soundtracks.
Pupils complete missing words on the music used in different film genres before answering questions on Westerns and Horror soundtracks.
Another comprehension activity based on Film Music with film music genre planning.
Another comprehension activity based on Film Music with film music genre planning.
Pupils plan a soundtrack o a Sci-Fi film scene using a Storyboard.
Pupils plan a soundtrack o a Sci-Fi film scene using a Storyboard.
Pupils suggest how music could be written for different film situations.
Pupils suggest how music could be written for different film situations.
Pupils plan a soundtrack to a Horror Film using either a 6, 7 or 9-frame Storyboard.
Pupils plan a soundtrack to a Horror Film using either a 6, 7 or 9-frame Storyboard.
Soundtracks - Forms Quizzes (available via the Shop & Add-On Extras page)
Soundtracks Forms Quizzes
Soundtracks Forms Quizzes

Soundtracks (Exploring Film Music) unit is supported by THREE Forms Quizzes (in both MS-Forms and Google Forms formats) available as part of the Secondary/KS3 Year 9 Units Quiz Bundle from the Musical Contexts Shop & Add-On Extras page.

Each multiple choice quiz is self-marking and worth 25 points and cover Knowledge and Understanding (Part A) and have a Critical Engagement: Listening and Appraising section (Part B) with listening questions linked to YouTube videos.