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Lights, Camera, Music! Exploring Movie Soundtracks and Film Scores

Dive into movie music! Learners will explore popular IPs, soundtracks, film scores, history, theory, composition, and songwriting in our 4-week class on Outschool
Hayley Travers Voice/Singing/Piano/Acting Teacher
86 total reviews for this teacher
New class
year olds
learners per class


Charged upfront
$11 per week
Flexible schedule
Over 4 weeks
No live meetings
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Class Experience

Gain an understanding of the role of movie soundtracks and film scores in enhancing storytelling in popular IPs.
Develop knowledge of basic music theory concepts, such as melody, harmony, instrumentation, and rhythm.
Analyze and identify musical elements in movie soundtracks, including themes, motifs, and styles.
Explore different genres of movie music, such as superhero, animated, and blockbuster films, and understand how they contribute to the overall cinematic experience.
Learn the basics of music composition and songwriting, and create original musical pieces inspired by movie soundtracks.
Engage in critical thinking and creative expression through interactive discussions, activities, and homework assignments.
Foster a deeper appreciation for the art of movie music and its impact on the world of film.
Develop a friendly and upbeat tone while interacting with peers and the instructor in a collaborative and inclusive online learning environment.
Week 1: Superhero Soundtrack Analysis - Choose a superhero movie soundtrack from a popular IP and identify its main themes and motifs. Write a short paragraph describing how the music enhances the storytelling in the movie.
Week 2: Animated Film Score Mood Board - Create a mood board with images and words that represent the mood and atmosphere of your favorite animated film. Write a brief reflection on how the film's music contributes to the overall tone.
Week 3: Blockbuster Beat Rhythm Exercise - Choose a scene from a blockbuster movie and create a simple rhythm pattern using percussion or electronic sounds that matches the action and pace of the scene. Share your rhythm pattern with the class and explain your creative choices.
Week 4: Musical Storytelling Composition - Compose a short piece of music (30 seconds to 1 minute) that tells a story or conveys an emotion using the musical elements we've learned in class. Share your composition with the class and provide a brief explanation of your creative process.

Optional Bonus: Movie Music Review - Watch a movie of your choice and write a short review focusing on the music. Describe how the music enhances the movie's storytelling and overall impact, and share your review with the class.

Homework assignments are designed to be light and easy, allowing students to apply and reinforce their learning from class in a fun and creative way. They are intended to be manageable within the class duration, and students will receive constructive feedback from the instructor to further their understanding of movie soundtracks and film scores.
Internet access and a device (such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone) to access the online class. Headphones or speakers to listen to movie soundtracks and film scores during class discussions and activities. Writing materials, such as paper and pencils, for note-taking during class lectures and discussions. Optional: A musical instrument (such as a keyboard, guitar, or percussion instrument) for hands-on exploration and experimentation with music composition and songwriting activities. Optional: Art supplies (such as markers, colored pencils, or crayons) for creating mood boards or other visual representations of movie soundtracks and film scores. A quiet and conducive learning environment to minimize distractions during class sessions and homework assignments. Enthusiasm and creativity for engaging in class discussions, sharing ideas, and participating in interactive activities to fully enjoy the learning experience!
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
No live meetings, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
This class is designed for kids ages 8-12 and will cover age-appropriate topics related to movie soundtracks, film scores, music history, theory, composition, and songwriting.
All class materials, discussions, and homework assignments will be tailored to be child-friendly and in line with a positive and upbeat tone.
Homework assignments are designed to be light and easy, with a focus on creativity and critical thinking, and will not involve any inappropriate content.
The instructor will provide a safe and inclusive online learning environment, fostering respectful interactions among students and encouraging positive engagement.
Parents are encouraged to monitor their child's progress and participation in the class and provide support as needed.
If your child has any specific needs or concerns, please feel free to communicate with the instructor to ensure a positive and inclusive learning experience.
As with any online class, it is recommended that parents ensure their child has access to a reliable internet connection, appropriate devices, and a conducive learning environment.
Parental involvement and support are encouraged to help students fully engage and benefit from the class content and activities.
The class does not involve watching or analyzing actual movies, but rather focuses on the musical aspects of movie soundtracks and film scores.
Parental guidance is important in facilitating the student's understanding of the class materials and supporting their learning journey in a positive and constructive manner.


Hayley Travers Voice/Singing/Piano/Acting Teacher
Lives in the United States
New Yorker with a love of Music, Broadway, Singing and Piano!
86 total reviews
252 completed classes

About Me

Welcome to my online music and acting lessons! 
My name is Hayley, and I am an experienced online music teacher with a passion for theater, music, and storytelling. As a professional Union actor and graduate of New England Conservatory and... 
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