Unit 1: Music for Stage & Screen


In this unit you will explore how composers use music to portray characters, themes and ideas. You will explore a range of pieces in the genre and study two in depth:-

John WilliamsMain Title/Rebel Blockade Runner

from ‘Star Wars Episode IV, A New Hope’ Star-Wars-Episode-4-–-A-New-Hope




Stephen SchwartzDefying Gravity from the musical ‘Wicked’.


Once you have a good understanding of the musical devices and techniques used, you will then create your own piece of music for the stage or for a film.

Support Materials

Lesson 1 – Exploring Leitmotifs