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Episode one logo Episode One: Introducing The Music Box

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This is the final episode in our mini-series about songwriting: we’ll explore how instruments are used to tell stories in sound — most specifically, in movie soundtracks! You’ll be sure to hear a few familiar tunes here, and you’ll never watch movies the same way again.


Featured musical excerpts:
John Williams: Star Wars Main Theme, from “Star Wars” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Hans Zimmer: …To Die For, from “The Lion King” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
John Williams: Hedwig’s Theme, from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Opetaia Foa’i, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Marc Mancina: We Know the Way, from “Moana” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Rachel Portman: Tino, from “A Dog’s Purpose” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


National standards applied:
Listening to, analyzing, and describing music*
Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
Understanding music in relation to history and culture


Additional resources:

“Tino” from A Dog’s Purpose
10 film composers you should know — besides John Williams
Female composers are trying to break film’s sound barrier
THE POWER OF MUSIC IN FILM – How music affects film
Moana: On-set visit with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i & Mark Mancina


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