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Month: April 2014

Music in Film (by JoJo Younan)

I am a film major, so writing for this article was not easy until Miranda (publisher for the Boman) brought up a good point, “write about music in film since you’re a film major.” I know. It took me this long to realize that. Do not judge me. However, I cannot express how important music is in film. Music is one of the oldest elements in film to express emotion. When you look back to the silent film era, the films were never silent. Silent films had music being played in the background. I look back on the films that I love and I noticed that one of the reasons why I love them is because I loved the music score being played in the background. There are films that people would never heard of, but realize the music.

I do not have a favorite film or favorite film score, but Requiem for a Dream was the film that kept me as film major. I was going to change my major the first semester of college because of a professor who told me I would never make it in the film industry. I was discouraged and ready to change my career path, until one of my classes had invited the producer of Requiem for a Dream to my class one day. My professor first screened the film before the producer of the film told to us. The film was one of the best films I have ever seen and the best music. The producer shared his passion for film and how people discouraged him when he wanted to make Requiem for a Dream. However, he expressed how the music was the best element of the film. The music is what gave me fright. The music is what made me sad. The music is what made me stay a film major. 

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Music to Reflect (by Karli Smith)

I am a junior majoring in anthropology with a minor in dance, and I play tenor and bari saxophone. My hope is to be accepted to Teach For America as a corps member when I graduate next spring, and ultimately to pursue a career in education. To prepare me for this path, I am creating a unit of integrate curriculum for my honors thesis. I plan to pull from many different fields, notably anthropology, dance, art, and music as I design general education lesson plans for young elementary students.

This is realistically how I plan to conduct my classroom as well, and it makes me so excited that I will be able to carry music into my career. As musicians and dedicated band members, we have all had musical experiences that moved us, empowered us, that have healed us, or maybe even transformed us. I don’t believe these experiences should be confined to band, orchestra, and choir kids. I believe there is a productive place for these experiences in the general education classroom. All students deserve quality exposure to the wonders music can teach, even if the lessons aren’t about music itself. I hope to make my classroom a happier, exciting, accepting, and more contemplative environment through utilizing music.

I want my students to recognize how music can be used as a medium to not only express themselves, but to understand others. I can teach letters through singing pitches, or syllables through rhythm games, or help them remember facts or systems through songs, but all in all, music has the potential to teach much more important lessons; the lessons many of us had the privilege of learning through band.

Enjoying and creating music together fosters intrapersonal reflection as well as interpersonal caring and understanding, both of which are priceless tools as children grow not only as students, but also as human beings. I want to make sure my students have Music and Love to light their pathways in life.

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