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Music. Some say it’s the universal language — the one thing people can appreciate and understand across cultures and countries. Others say music is nearly impossible to describe: there’s a famous saying — “writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” No matter where you fall in the debate, these words help writers describe the power and the mystery of music.
Look at the eight words below. Choose one. Take a close look at the definition in the brief to craft a story that conveys the word’s definition. Then, make a video, one minute or less, that effectively and creatively teaches the meaning of the word you chose. Are you up to the challenge?
In this challenge, choose one of these eight words: melodious, discordant, warble, audible, trill, refrain, strident,and inflection.
Your video must:
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A voice like an angel
Thought starter: Have you ever met someone with a voice so sweet, so pleasing, that you could listen to him talk for hours, even if he was giving you bad news? If so, that person’s voice must have been melodious. Make a one-minute video about a person with a melodious voice attempting to deliver bad news to their friends.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word melodious when referring to an especially pleasing or beautiful sound. A chorus, a singer, or a songbird might all make melodious sounds.
Thought starter: Not everyone can sing like a bird. Some of us can never quite get into tune. If you can’t carry a tune, someone may describe your voice as discordant. Make a one-minute video about a passionate singer with a discordant voice who finally finds a place for himself in an equally tuneless band.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word discordant to describe something that sounds harsh or out of tune. A piano or a violin that hasn’t been tuned in a long time would probably make a discordant noise if you tried to play it.
Thought starter: Birds are known for their singing abilities and there are many words to describe the sounds that they make. A warble is a noun that means a birdsong made up of constantly changing notes. Make a one-minute video about a bird watcher attempting to trace a rare bird’s warble through a noisy public space.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word warble to describe a bird’s song that sounds like a succession of changing notes. A robin chirping or a lark’s song can be described as a warble but a goose’s loud honk cannot.
Can you hear me now?
Thought starter: Some sounds are easy to hear and some sounds are difficult to hear. The adjective audible means clear enough to hear. Some sounds are only audible to certain types of animals, though. Make a one-minute video about what would happen if a dog whistle suddenly became audible to humans.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word audible when describing something that’s clear enough to hear. A whisper is barely audible. A fire alarm, on the other hand, needs to be audible in order to be effective.
Thought starter: A telephone’s ring, a soprano singing scales — these sounds are trills, or high-pitched chirps. Sometimes trills can sound beautiful and sometimes they can sound annoying. Make a one-minute video about someone who can only communicate with a series of trills.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word trill to describe the sound of a trembling, rapid alteration of notes. A pop singer may add a trill to the chorus of a song that she sings.
And the chorus goes...
Thought starter: When listening to a song, do you ever hear the same verse again and again? The name of that part of a song is a refrain. A refrain is a repeated line in a song or poem. A song’s chorus can contain a refrain. A poem can have a refrain as well. Make a one-minute video about a songwriter who hears the same silly refrain every time he falls back into a bad habit.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word refrain to describe a repeated line or series of lines, often at the end of a verse of a song or poem. One of the most famous refrains in poetry is in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” The raven in the poem only says “nevermore,” over and over again.
Talking to me? Or through me?
Thought starter: Some voices are so distinct, so harsh and loud, they cut through a crowd. Those voices are strident. Strident describes harsh, loud, and unpleasant sounds. If someone argues with you and raises her voice, you may say her tone has become strident. Make a one-minute video about someone whose voice becomes more and more strident as he or she argues in favor of something ridiculous.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word strident to describe a disagreeable, harsh, or loud sound.
When someone makes a passionate argument, his or her voice may become strident.
Say it with feeling
Thought starter: If you speak with an inflection, you accentuate certain words or sounds. An inflection is another word for accent, and it’s a noun that refers to the patterns of tones and pitches in someone’s speech. Make a one-minute video in which one person repeats the word “hippopotamus” with a different inflection each time.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word inflection to describe an emphasis or stress on a word or sound. Someone with a Southern accent may pronounce the word “February” with a different inflection than someone with a German accent.
In a video, no longer than 1 minute, you must:
Videos will be evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:
In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken on the basis of the tied entrants’ scores in the “Educational merit and accuracy” criteria.
Prizes per contest vary. In most cases, a grand prize will be awarded to one video in the ‘Youth’ category and one in the ‘Adult’ category. All entries are categorized by age of the submitter. Submitters under the age of 18 are placed into the ‘Youth’ category and submitters 18 years or older are placed in the ‘Adult’ category. All prizes with the exception of the 'Viewer's Choice' award are chose by a panel of judges. In the case of winners under the age of 18, prizes will be awarded to a legal parent or guardian. Rules for each contest explain how and when we will notify you and the date the prizes will be announced. Prizes are awarded at Amplify’s discretion and are subject to the applicable district and school policies. Prizes for teachers may be awarded via DonorChoose.org.