Eighth grade final project

In this project, your group will create a musical artist or group, an album of music, a music video of their hit single and then write a reflection essay about their experience. This project will be completed in groups of four to six students and is worth 100 points. Click here for a printable rubric for this project.

Step 1 – Create the musical artist
Think about what music you like, the qualities of your favorite and least favorite artists. Decide what qualities will be most successful with the type of artist you decide to create. Is it a rock band? A rapper? A singer/songwriter? What kind of music will they play and sing – and most importantly, do you think you can CREATE that type of music easily? Give your band/group/artist a name, and make it catchy. This part of the assignment must be submitted in your group folder on the Public drive.

Step 2 – Create your music (5 songs)
This should be familiar territory – we’ve done this before! You will want to start with your lyrics. Make your songs about something you can identify with – and something your target audience will enjoy. Write your lyrics in MS Word so the artist can read them when singing your songs. Use Acid to create the final product of your songs. Your songs must all be rendered as MP3s in your group folder, and need to each be at least 1:30 long.

Step 3 – Create a music video of your favorite song
Your single will be represented visually using photos, lyrics, stop motion or a video camera/cell phone and whoever you want to star in your video. You can always work on this at home using any available video or computer equipment you have – just bring in a flash drive or CD/DVD with your work, and Mrs. West will make sure it gets transferred to your P: drive folder. You will need to storyboard your video using pencil and paper and then film your video during class, lab time or at home. Use Windows Movie Maker to mix your video with the MP3 of your single to create your final WMV file.

Step 4 – Reflection
When you are finished with everything, you will need to write a short essay reflecting on your experience. Talk about your artist and the process your group went through to create their album. This document also needs to be saved in your group folder in the Public drive.

Good luck, and most importantly – have fun!!