The middle and high school kids and our music teacher and I have jumped into the study of silent film and how the soundtrack effects us as we watch it with both feet this week. We have been showing the children different types and genres of silent films and asking them to pay particular attention to what the music is telling them during each scene.
This coming week we will begin work on a storyboarding project, asking the students to storyboard the production of Peter and the Wolf we watched and then – take a deep breath – asking them to come up with the story for their own silent film and to create a storyboard for that one.
Sounds simple? I am not sure what will happen! But if I know these guys – and I feel like I am starting to know them - it will be a fun, quirky and very original project. And chaotic, of course, at least at first. But at times like this I always remind myself :
You must carry a chaos inside you to give birth to a dancing star.
OK, future dancing stars, let’s get started…