Heroic Film Music

School – Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn, Meirionnydd, Gwynedd
Age – Y10/11
Language – English
Time to complete – 4-6 hours
Resource Title – Heroic Film Music


A series of lessons to develop pupils’ understanding of the use of leitmotif in film music. The resource includes samples of film music which illustrate the use of leitmotif and key techniques such as ostinato, anacrusis and melodic intervals. The pupils are encouraged to follow a step by step approach to composing their opening 4 bars to a section of film where the hero is introduced before extending the leitmotif to create a 12 bar opening. The author notes that it would be useful for the pupils to be able to access a keyboard and a digital composition software.

GCSE Course – Music U3