Channeling Your Inner Strength: What's Your Theme Song?

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.

Inspire:

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.

 

Practice

  • 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.

 

  FUN FACT: The Batman series won a string of Daytime Emmy awards, including one for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program, one for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition, and another for Outstanding Sound Editing.

FUN FACT: The Batman series won a string of Daytime Emmy awards, including one for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program, one for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition, and another for Outstanding Sound Editing.

Record 

Record students playing their theme songs.

 

Reflect

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.

 

Materials Needed

Instruments
iOS, Android, or Chromebook device

 

Differentiations 

  • 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.

 

Sometimes our strengths lie beneath the surface … Far beneath, in some cases.
— Moana

Suggested Assignments

Students can find a pre-existing song that they feel represents them as a theme song and share it with the class.

  DID YOU KNOW...Much like Little Mermaid and Aladdin before it, Moana was intended to be a musical? And so it is, with music by Opetaia Foa’i, the founder of the popular contemporary Pacific band Te Vaka, Mark Mancina (Speed, Bad Boys, Lion King), and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the latter being the award-winning creator and star of Hamilton. 

DID YOU KNOW...Much like Little Mermaid and Aladdin before it, Moana was intended to be a musical? And so it is, with music by Opetaia Foa’i, the founder of the popular contemporary Pacific band Te Vaka, Mark Mancina (Speed, Bad Boys, Lion King), and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the latter being the award-winning creator and star of Hamilton. 

 

Activity 

Students will note positive qualities about themselves and create a musical representation of those qualities in the form of a personal theme song.

 

Skills 

MUSICAL: Expression

EXTRAMUSICAL: Critical Reflection / Decision Making / Emotional Recognition & Empathy / Effective Communication / Self-Awareness & Confidence

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