The Animusic DVD's are fun animated music videos that transform songs into visual spectacles for the eyes.Â Computerized animations and rhythmic renditions of both traditional classical pieces of music (such as Moussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition) as well as original pieces of music that are so well scripted that they actually look like the instruments could actually be playing the notes.
Both DVD's (Animusic and Animusic 2)Â have a series of lesson plans available for them that are downloaded from the Animusic Education web site.
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I have always been a fan of Animusic ever since I first saw them playing on the old TechTV cable channel back in 2001. Until now however, I had never looked at them as anything other than a fun, entertaining electronic animation music video. I was delighted once I was informed of the existence of actual lesson plans for the series that music teachers around the world are already using the Animusic videos to teach and reinforce certain musical concepts. <br />There are two sets of lessons plans, one to accompany each video. The first video's plans were written by a group of three music educators including Dennis Lytle, Dr. Pamela Ivezic of the College of New Jersey, and Mary Schmidt, a middle school music teacher. The second video's plans were written by Dr. James Frankel, a well known music education professional and music technology guru. <br />Reading and adapting the lesson plans to serve as activities within a normal curricular unit of instruction is very easy. All of the songs are broken down into various concepts and several project ideas are also included with the Animusic 2 DVD.