One of the things that I did quite a bit ago was teach an Introduction to Music Therapy course for non-majors. To introduce the concept of using music to convey specific emotions, tasks, use of music for non-musical outcomes, I compiled a bunch of clips from various movies from my own movie library. Here they are...
- Get Over It - The use of music to convey emotion - I enjoy the juxtaposition of this upbeat song that describes how love is stronger than any other force on earth, used to illustrate the despair of losing a love that you think is your destiny.
- Evolution - The use of music to attract attention - Okay, so it's a prehistoric-type mutant, but he uses his singing to direct attention to him in order to save the girl.
- The Muppet Movie (the original one) - The use of music to convey emotion, again. Gonzo sings about his origins.
- Gigi - The use of music to spur memories - I love this song and love that they remember things very differently.
- Stop, Look, and Listen - The use of music to teach a concept, also music to prompt memories - This version of the song is credited to the performer. I couldn't find the original Disney cartoon.
- Mary Poppins - The use of music for relaxation - Again, I think most of my enjoyment of this song is the contrary nature of the lyric to the rest of the music, but this is a good example of how to use music for relaxation. I dare you not to yawn during this song.
- Follow Me - The use of music to stimulate movement and specific purpose (marching, camaraderie) - sorry that this doesn't have the movie clip, but you can certainly hear the marching in the music.
What other clips do you know? Please let me know so I can include them in future posts and courses.