Welcome to the 8th Grade Music Page!

            Guitar Unit

We are in our 3rd year of guitar study. For out culminating project we will be taking our show on the road. You can find the students playing Christmas carols for the Kindergartners and 1st graders by the end of the semester. We display our guitar skills and share our talents with the younger students.

This is a great project that brings our school together. The younger students really enjoy it and mainly the 1st graders - really get into it and sing along.

Programme Music and Leitmotifs:


Programmatic Music, music that tells a story.... The study of the music that makes our movies and television shows. The origins of where they come from, takes us back to leitmotifs - melodies for specific characters- and programmatic music - the over-all story of a song, or group of songs. 

  • Write a Storyboard, that tells the story of the programmatic work from the Peer Gynt Suite, 3rd Mov. "In the Hall of the Mountain King"
  • An example of the song is below.

36 In the Hall of the Mountain King - Grieg.mp3

Epic Video Game Music

OUR FOCUS: The use of a “layered loop” in gaming music: a loop of music that can be played over and over again and that changes or grows in intensity through the clever use of varying orchestration.

Taking this concept, you can create an epic battle theme which is 8 bars in length, but has 3 different versions, building loops upon one another.


Here's what you do:
  • The first 8-bar version of the theme is gentle and a little mysterious. This would be used say, when the player is walking around, exploring the landscape.

  • The second 8-bar version of the theme includes a few extra parts to increase the intensity. This part of the theme would be triggered when the player is nearing a bad guy and/or they are approaching a combat situation.

  • The third 8-bar version of the theme is the most intense and includes all instrumental parts. This version of the theme would accompany the battle itself. It’s strong, powerful and fierce.

  • Make sure that at least 3 of your tracks are homemade, created melody pattern, or rhythmic sequences!

Assignments Due:

Mrs. Olsen - April 28

Mrs. Schuett - April 24

Ex. Espionage Spy Music.mp3

Mrs. Olsen's Class

Mrs. Schuett's Class

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