Teachers

Welcome Teachers!


DigiBC’s mission is to ensure that Interactive and Digital Media (IDM), as a cornerstone of the broader technology ecosystem, grows and thrives in the province for the benefit of current and future generations. As part of our goal to help ensure that our industry has the talent it needs to continue to grow and thrive, DigiBC is working with the Ministry of Arts and Culture and the Ministry of Education to develop programs that will help young people see the opportunities in pursuing a career in digital creativity.

The messaging we will advance throughout this competition is that creative tech is a fantastic industry to work in and is a viable career path. We hope to invite B.C.'s young people to imagine themselves entering the creative industries - as a musician, producer, coder, artist, you name it. We want to invite them in.

British Columbia has a world-leading digital media industry and every video game and animation is accompanied by a soundtrack. We have developed these materials to provide students with a theory of music toolbox which they can apply to the themes and visuals found in video games and animated movies.
 

How does music factor into video games and animation?

  • Emotional context
  • Key scenes and moments

    We have chosen five key topics: Rhythm, Harmony, Melody, Tempo, Texture & Timbre. For each topic, we have provided a related student (referred to as ‘composer’) guide and activity worksheet to inform the considerations required when composing an original score.

Through the completion of these lessons and activities, we have endeavoured to allow students to explore many core competencies found in the Arts and Music 8-12 curriculum. These include, but are not limited to the outlines listed below. We sincerely hope you and your students enjoy these activities and experimenting with composition for animation and video games!
 

Click here to download the full set of composer worksheets

Click here for contest details, how to enter, and other practical things

 

Click here to get started!

 

Arts Education 8


   Exploring & Creating

  • Intentionally select and apply materials, movements, technologies, environments, tools, and techniques by combining and arranging artistic elements, processes, and principles in art making
  • Create artistic works collaboratively and as an individual using ideas inspired by imagination, inquiry, experimentation, and purposeful play
     

   Reasoning & Reflecting

  • Respond to works of art using one’s knowledge of the world
  • Interpret works of art using knowledge and skills from various areas of learning
  • Develop, refine ideas, and critically appraise ideas, processes, and technical skills in a variety of art forms to improve the quality of artistic creations
     

   Communicating & Documenting

  • Adapt learned skills, understandings, and processes for use in new contexts and for different purposes and audiences
  • Take creative risks to express feelings, ideas, and experiences
  • Experience, document, choreograph, perform, and share creative works in a variety of ways
  • Describe, interpret and respond to works of art

 

Music 9


   Exploring & Creating

  • Create artistic works both collaboratively and as an individual using ideas inspired by imagination, inquiry, and purposeful play
  • Explore materials, environments, tools, and techniques by combining and arranging elements, processes, and principles
  • Select and combine elements and principles of the arts to intentionally create a particular mood, effect, or meaning
     

   Reasoning & Reflecting

  • Describe, interpret, and evaluate how artists use tools, processes, technologies, materials, and environments to create and communicate ideas
  • Develop, refine, document, and critically appraise ideas, processes, and technical skills to improve the quality of works of art
     

   Communicating & Documenting

  • Adapt and apply learned skills, understandings, and processes for use in new contexts and for different purposes and audiences
  • Compose, interpret, and expand ideas using symbolism, imagery, and elements
  • Revise, refine, analyze, and document creative works and experiences to enhance presentation and/or performance in a variety of ways
     

   Connecting and Expanding

  • Take creative risks to experience and express thoughts, emotions, ideas, and meaning

 

Contemporary Music 10


   Exploring & Creating

  • Express meaning, intent, and emotion through music
  • Improvise and take creative risks in music
  • Develop and refine relevant technical skills and expressive qualities
     

   Reasoning & Reflecting

  • Consider the function of their instrument, voice, or role within an ensemble or collaborative effort
  • Analyze styles of music to inform musical decisions
  • Describe and analyze musicians’ use of technique, technology, and environment in music composition, arranging, and performance, using musical language
     

   Communicating & Documenting

  • Use discipline-specific language to communicate ideas
  • Document, share, and appreciate musical works and experiences in a variety of contexts
     

   Connecting and Expanding

  • Use technical knowledge and contextual observation to make musical decisions

 

 

Contemporary Music 11


   Exploring & Creating

  • Express meaning, intent, and emotion through music
  • Develop and refine technical and expressive skills
     

   Reasoning & Reflecting

  • Analyze and interpret musicians’ use of technique, technology, and environment in musical composition, arranging, and performance, using musical language
  • Consider the function of their instrument, voice, or role within an ensemble or collaborative effort
  • Analyze styles of music to inform musical decisions
     

   Communicating & Documenting

  • Document and share musical works and experiences in a variety of contexts
  • Anticipate individual responses to a piece of music
  • Express personal voice, cultural identity, perspective, and values in musical
  • study and performance
     

   Connecting and Expanding

  • Demonstrate an understanding of creative processes
  • Explore and relate musical selections to personal, social, or cultural issues
  • Use technical knowledge and contextual observation to make musical decisions

 

Contemporary Music 12


   Exploring & Creating

  • Improvise and take creative risks in music
  • Adapt and refine technical and expressive skills
     

   Reasoning & Reflecting

  • Analyze and interpret musicians’ use of technique, technology, and environment in musical composition, arranging, and performance, using musical language
  • Consider the function of their instrument, voice, or role within an ensemble or collaborative effort
  • Analyze styles of music to inform musical decisions

   Communicating & Documenting

  • Use musical vocabulary to respond to music
  • Anticipate audience responses to a piece of music
  • Collaborate to express personal voice, cultural identity, and perspective
  • through music
     

   Connecting and Expanding

  • Demonstrate personal and social responsibility associated with creating, performing, and responding to music
  • Combine technical knowledge, musical literacy, and contextual observation to make musical decisions

 

Career Pathway Videos
 

Caitlin Yu
Head of Quality Assurance
Phoenix Labs
Burnaby, BC
 

Adrian Talens
Freelance Composer
Vancouver, BC

 

Shannon Mason
Composer & Sound Designer
Vancouver, BC