Soundtrack Analysis



This lesson is designed to create a working knowledge and awareness of the technical aspects of a film score. This is an introduction to the process of "spotting" a film. Students explore the appropriate use of music to establish the basic mood, enhance the drama, establish the character of a person place or thing, give psychological insight and create continuity.

The emphasis of this lesson it to create awareness and understanding of composition techniques used in film scoring. When "spotting" a movie for music queues, it is necessary to understand typical and advanced musical techniques for enhancing the viewers experience. This lesson is an important introduction to the processes of "spotting" and scoring a film.

Lesson Time

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Adult

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (1)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (4)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students learn about some of the musical devices used by film score composer John Williams in the movie "The Raiders of the Lost Ark".
  • Students learn musical concepts appropriate for creating a film score
  • Students develop awareness of scoring techniques.
  • Students learn how to "Spot" a film for appropriate placement of music.

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