Channeling Your Inner Strength: What's Your Theme Song?
Do you have a theme song? Choosing a theme song is an effective way for students to be able to express themselves and build confidence. What would your theme song be?
Everyone on the WURRLYedu Team found it fitting to create a lesson plan on discovering your own personal theme song and how it can be used in the classroom to boost one's confidence. Students will note positive qualities about themselves and create a musical representation of those qualities in the form of a personal theme song.
Watch the first 45 seconds of the Batman theme song from Batman the Animated Series
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
What does this theme song tell you about Batman? What musical elements in the song let the listener know what he is about?
Next, have students watch the following theme song with words from Moana...
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
What does this theme song say about Moana? What does the music say about who Moana is? What role does a theme song play with sports teams?
Ask students if they have a theme song. If so, play those songs for the class if appropriate.
- Have students make a list of their positive attributes (or provide them with some ideas), and connect those attributes to musical ideas such as instrumentation, volume, meter, speed, etc.
- Play a drum beat backing track using the WURRLYedu app, and allow students to describe their theme song to peers, and then work together to create it. Do this for each student.
- If students have specific songs that relate to them as a theme song, have them conduct the group in playing along with the backing track of that song in the app.
Record students playing their theme songs.
View the recording of the theme songs. Do students feel that the theme song represents them well? What elements of the song did they like? What would they change?
Take it Further
Have students work in groups to create a group theme song.
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- For differently abled students, provide more prompting about the elements of music, what emotive feelings they provide, and how that relates to the character. For example, the Moana song not only contains lyrics that express what she is feeling, but also uses musical elements such as dynamics and instrumentation to go from a feeling of confusion to a feeling of determination.
- Provide choice cards for positive qualities, or program them into an AAC device.
Students can find a pre-existing song that they feel represents them as a theme song and share it with the class.
Students will note positive qualities about themselves and create a musical representation of those qualities in the form of a personal theme song.
EXTRAMUSICAL: Critical Reflection / Decision Making / Emotional Recognition & Empathy / Effective Communication / Self-Awareness & Confidence