Module 1

Decode the Message in the Music

MODULE 1 OVERVIEW

MODULE CHECK IN

It's all about the code -- whether students are listening to music or reading a computer program, they are always looking for deeper meaning. They are introduced lyric analysis through the "OUTKAST Imagination framework, will explore how to decode the message in music, and embed their own messages in their code with comments.

OBJECTIVE

Students will explore how to decode the message in the music and embed messages in their code with comments.

MAKE BEATS

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Artists use lyrics to express a purpose to their song

Music has a message; however, it is not as straightforward as you may think. Often, it needs to be decoded. 

We can use frameworks like OUTKAST Imagination to decode songs.

LEARN CODE

Coding and composing music have many similarities. They are mathematical, structured processes that allow for creativity.                                                                                                    

Comments are lines of code in a script that are not executed by the computer. However, they are used to make notes in the code.

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PROMOTE EQUITY

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Equity is the ability for all groups of people to experience the same quality of life. It includes taking any necessary actions to make sure that all groups of people get fair treatment and the right resources that enables you to thrive. 

Entrepreneurship is the act of starting and operating any type of business. Entrepreneurs make profit or financial gain from the products and/or services they provide.

Racism is subtle and overt mistreatment, hurt, and harm (discrimination) against individuals or members of a group based on the color of their skin. It manifests in a variety of ways and impacts everyone differently.

Document programs in order to make them easier to follow, test, and debug. (6-8)

Design and iteratively develop computational artifacts for practical intent, personal expression, or to address a societal issue by using events to initiate instructions. (9-10)

Construct solutions to problems using student-created components, such as procedures, modules and/or objects. (11-12)

Review the EarSketch platform

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If you are not familiar with EarSketch, visit the EarSketch Teachers Site and review tutorial videos

Complete Day 1’s student work in the notebook as if you were a student:

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Watch Pharrell’s Entrepreneur video and read through the lyrics of the song.

Review the OUTKAST Imagination Rubric and watch the video highlighting elements of the rubric.

We recommend you try using the rubric to analyze the introductory verse of the song.

Review Song Requirements and Rubric.

Duplicate the Day 1 Exit Ticket and customize to use for your class.

Print and distribute (or post in online resources/Google Classroom) Student Workbook

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The teacher guide follows the student workbook

Students will use Workbook Pages 3-7 on Day 1

All students will need to have access to a computer with an internet connection. EarSketch will not work on mobile devices. The site earsketch.gatech.edu will need to be whitelisted by your district IT department.

DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

RECOMMENDED PACING

0 - 10 minutes: Engage - Warm Up

10 - 25 minutes: Explore - Decode the Message

25 - 40 minutes: Explain - Build Your Toolbox

40 - 55 minutes: Elaborate - Code with Comments

55 - 60 minutes: Evaluate - Exit Ticket

 

LESSON

WELCOME

to the start of the 'Your Voice is Power' 5-day learning challenge! 

Over the course of the learning challenge, we will be analyzing the music of a famous musical artist, Pharrell Williams, to explore how music, entrepreneurship, and computer science can be used as pathways to promote racial equity. At the end of the five days, students will be able to use computer science to code and remix Pharrell’s music to create their own song. Students will be able to submit their song into the competition and the top 10 songs will be shared on Pharrell's social media!

GETTING STARTED

What do you already know and what do you want to know about music, computer science, and entrepreneurship?

Watch the following videos and take notes by writing at least 3 items in each category in the graphic organizer

Your Voice is Power Launch Video

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Entrepreneur by Pharrell

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What are at least 3 things that you know and want to know about music, computer science, and entrepreneurship?

Student Workbook page 3

KNOW

What do you already know about music, computer science, and entrepreneurship?

WANT TO KNOW

What do you want to know about music, computer science, and entrepreneurship?

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EXAMPLE

Need some ideas? Click to see an example of what you might know and want to know

Share your knows and want to knows with a partner or with our whole group!

DEFINING ENTREPRENEUR

What do you know about entrepreneurship?

In pairs, virtual breakout rooms, or by yourself, create a pre-definition of an entrepreneur.

Write your definition of entrepreneur and why you think Pharrell chose to write a song about entrepreneurship.

Student Workbook page 3

In your own words, what is an                                     ?

ENTREPRENEUR

Why do you think Pharrell cares about                                                ? Why would he create this song and music video?

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Need some help creating a definition? Click to see probing questions to prompt thinking and discussion.

TIP

Share your answers with a partner or with our whole group!

TOOLS TO DECODE MUSIC

To help us better understand the message behind Pharrell’s music, we’ve enlisted the help of Dr. Joycelyn Wilson, a professor of Hip Hop Studies and Digital Humanities in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. Dr. Wilson is a scholar in Black Media Studies and she created a framework to help her students decode song lyrics to find the true meaning of an artist’s lyrics. We will use her framework to help us better analyze Pharrell’s lyrics so we can understand his message.

Watch the following videos and write down what each letter in the rubric stands for on the graphic organizer.

Introduction to the OUTKAST Imagination Rubric

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Write what each letter in the OUTKAST Imagination Rubric stand for. Check your answer by clicking on each box or clicking the Reveal All button to show all the answers.

Student Workbook page 4

OUTKAST IMAGINATION RUBRIC

Mining for contemplation

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Choosing to do the right thing... even when it's unpopular

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Awareness. Social, cultural, political, economic, and spiritual awareness. Stay Woke.

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Knowledge of self, others, society, and spirit

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Responsibility to self and others

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Recognizing the order of things

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Righteousness

LYRIC ANALYSIS

Listen to the Intro Verse in Entrepreneur.

Entrepreneur - Intro Verse
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Decode the meaning of Pharrell's lyrics in Verse 1 using the OUTKAST Imagination Framework. Click on each set of lyrics and its respective section in the graphic organizer to compare your answers to an example of how the lyrics can fit into the OUTKAST Imagination framework and an interpretation of what they lyrics might mean.

VERSE 1

I am black ambition

I am always whisperin'

They keep tellin' me I will 

But my will won't listen

Gravity on a black man

With everything on his back and

His family and passion

If the doors ain't crackin

Student Workbook page 4

DECODE THE MESSAGE

What is Pharrell's message? What does he mean by these lines? What elements of OUTKAST Imagination do you see?

Share your answers with a partner or with our whole group!

Check out how Dr. Wilson analyzes Pharrell's lyrics using her framework. While there is no correct answer on how to analyze and interpret lyrics, you may want to see what an expert might hear in Pharrell's lyrics.