Star Guitar is a really fun video for younger or older students alike and is an awesome way for your students to see a visual representation of what they’re hearing. The idea of the video is that you are in a fast moving train looking at the terrain as it quickly passes you by. As you watch this video you can tell that what’s happening on the screen matches everything that’s happening in the music. When the music slows, the train slows; when certain sounds repeat, certain objects show up over and over on the screen; when sounds ebb and flow the picture might go from night to day or might show the cross section of a hill. It’s a really creative and interesting process to show the progression of sound in a visual way. There are times when I’ll notice something in the song because I see a recurring pattern of objects and sometimes vice versa. Most of all, it gets your kids thinking and is a great hook and segue into a lesson on listening maps. Doubtless they’ll want to see it twice and honestly, that’s not a bad idea. They’ll see so much more the second time around that they wouldn’t have noticed the first time. I know I did!
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