Overview

Life Songs is an intergenerational media project organized into a four lesson unit plan. The unit concludes with students presenting their Life Songs Interview – a recorded interview led by the student with an adult who shares how music shaped their life.

For classrooms without the ability to create and edit a video, see the Life Songs: Scaffolded Resources lesson below. These projects are designed as an alternative to the Life Songs video project for classes or students who may not have the equipment or technical skills required to complete a detailed video. Students may choose from several activities which highlight creativity and student voice. This lesson should be used in lieu of Lesson 4: Post-production: Editing and Finalizing Your Life Songs Interview.

Over the course of the unit, students develop their media project by:

  • Taking part in a group singalong as well as identifying and discussing their favorite songs
  • Preparing interview questions to ask another person about their favorite songs
  • Conducting and recording a Life Songs Interview with an adult who shares how certain songs shaped their life
  • Editing the raw footage of the Life Songs Interview into a final media product
  • Presenting a finished version of the Life Songs Interview

Throughout the unit plan, students engage in social and emotional learning as they proceed through the media production process. SEL activities include interviews, Think-Pair-Share, personal reflection, and stations. Additionally, students complete a reflection worksheet on what they discovered and learned about themselves and other people while pursuing the project. By completing the project and reflecting on the process, students acquire beneficial technical skills and experience in media production as well as greater insight into the role music plays within a community.

Lessons

lesson:
Music Tells Our Story

Grades: All Ages, Elementary K-2, High, Middle
Subjects: CTE, General Music, Social Emotional Learning

What role might music play in a person’s life, identity, and community?

lesson:
Pre-production: Preparing for Your Life Songs Interview

Grades: All Ages, Elementary K-2, High, Middle
Subjects: ELA, General Music, Social Emotional Learning

How do you prepare for a successful and insightful interview?

lesson:
Production: Conducting Your Life Songs Interview

Grades: All Ages, Elementary K-2, High, Middle
Subjects: CTE, General Music, Geography, Social Emotional Learning

How do you conduct and record an interview?

lesson:
Post-production: Editing and Finalizing Your Life Songs Interview

Grades: All Ages, Elementary K-2, High, Middle
Subjects: CTE, Social Emotional Learning

How do you use editing to create a final media product?

lesson:
Life Songs Scaffolded Resources

Grades: All Ages
Subjects: Art/Design, Social Emotional Learning

What other projects can students develop to showcase their Life Songs Interview?