CHOOSING A MUSICAL STYLE TO TELL A STORY
When you see the mini-musicals in Northwest Bookshelf you will notice that the writers chose different styles of music to tell each story. A style is a particular kind, sort, or type of music.
For example, Grease is a musical about high school boys and girls in the 1950s and tells its story with 1950s-style rock music. In Lin Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights, the score is comprised of traditional Latino music (such as merengues and sambas) and hip-hop and rap. In each case, the writers chose a style of music that seemed right for the time, the place, and the characters.
ACTIVITY: Choose a Musical Style for your story.
1. In class, listen to recording of a variety of musical styles. Some examples might be Country Western, Blues, Jazz, Classical, Rock and Roll, Hip Hop, or Soul. You may find examples of different music on websites such as YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, or Pandora.
2. Ask students to discuss the differences in each musical style such as tempo (fast or slow), rhythm, use of lyrics, rhyme, melody, repetition, and harmony.
3. Read the story The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred. Using a peer-share model, ask the students to decide what musical style would best suit the story based on the action of the story, the text, and the characters.