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Nadine’s Video Game Composer Study

One of our members did an original composer study, taking the lead from her son’s love of gaming.  We want to share it with you to use as a model for your own, or merely as inspiration.  Here is her description:

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So, here’s the background of this ‘study’ that my son and I worked on. One day, he was listening to a YouTube playlist as he was building Lego. It was a playlist of songs from various video game soundtracks – and one track came on and I felt like I knew it, but I don’t know game soundtracks at all so I listened from outside the room trying to place this song. Then it hit me – it sounded like Clint Mansell who is one of my ALL TIME favourite musician/composers. He’s brilliant. Anyway so I went in to my son’s room and checked out the title of the track and sure enough it was Mansell, and I noticed it was a piece from a game called Mass Effect 3.

I told Evan, “You know who this IS?? This is my favourite composer of maybe EVER.”  And I started to show him a few of Mansell’s tracks on YouTube.  So Evan says, “We should do him as our music study like we do our artist studies.”

So, the deal was that I wanted Evan to ‘lead’ the composer study. He would choose one track from Mansell for the three of us to listen to once a week, and he’d tell me why he chose the track. I also made up 6 questions to ‘guide’ him in how to research the composer (I know this is not strictly CM but he was not sure how to go about researching, so I thought this would be a fun way for him to do that). Each week, at composer study time – Evan would play the song, and he’d ‘teach us’ about whatever the question was for that week.

We.LOVED.it.

Marjorie Lang is co-creator of WIldwood Curriculum, and passionate about making a Charlotte Mason education available to everyone.

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1 Comment

  1. Thanks for sharing this fun idea! This might be a great way to engage my 13 year old, who is less than enthusiastic about school. We’re new to CM, but for me the goal isn’t to be a purist, but rather to inspire a love of learning. So the video game idea seems to be a great way to meet a child where he’s at!

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