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ARTSEDGE: Spooky Sounds and Scary Tales

This week’s featured lesson from ArtsEdge, the Kennedy Center’s educational media site, explores Spooky Sounds and Scary Tales. This helpful overview is a Website on their Multimedia section. Learn more about connecting music to the spooky holiday that’s right around the corner after the jump!Composers sometimes write spooky and scary music to go with plays, ballets, movies, poems, and even operas about supernatural (not real) creatures and events. Sometimes music “tells” a story all by itself–and that’s how you’ll hear stories that inspired the music and what to listen for in the recordings. Simply dust the cobwebs off your ears (just kidding) and warm up your imagination. Happy Haunting!

Think about a scary or exciting movie scene that used music. How would that scene have seemed different without the music, or with differnt music? Often, when movie music does a good job at helping to create a mood, you might not even notice it is there! The music in a theater performance, television show, or movie often tells you that something scary might happen. But how? To create frightening music, composers might use:

  • fast tempos (speeds) that can give a sense of alarm, wildness, or a chase.
  • very slow tempos, often with lower notes, that suggest someone or something might be sneaking up on you.
  • high-pitched notes that can represent a wicked laugh or whirling wind.
  • different combinations of tones to create unpleasant or uneasy sounds.

Dig Deeper!

Learn more about spooky orchestral music.

Create a “monster mix” at Scholastic’s Goosebumps site.

via ARTSEDGE: Spooky Sounds and Scary Tales.



The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.