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Minecraft STEAM Project: Music Video

Posted on December 2, 2016 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (2)

Minecraft Music Video

This was our first collaborative project, and always will have a special place in my heart. Since I am a professional clarinetist and run a YouTube channel putting up videos of my playing, this was the first time I was able to combine my love of music and Minecraft with my students. The idea started with a classical music composition contest in which contestants needed to upload a video of their performance of a piece for clarinet and piano called "Ukiyo-e: Pictures of the Floating World" by composer Greg Bartholomew. "Floating World" reminded me of the beautiful floating islands my children were building in Minecraft, and together with the trouble I was having getting the kids to stop playing on the computer I needed for the recording, led to the story of the video.:

"Mom needs to use the computer for her job, which is recording clarinet music by a set due date. Son does NOT want to stop playing Minecraft. Son comes up with the idea to 'reprogram' the computer and leave Minecraft running, so when Mom starts to use the computer to record her song, she is sucked inside to fly around the peaceful Minecraft world her son left running. When the music finishes Mom returns to reality, wondering if it was all just a dream."

The kids and I collaborated on the script, film direction, and production. They created the Minecraft world, my skin, and acted my part in game themselves. Along with my husband, the kids also worked on the film editing and filming. We had a lot of fun together, and it will always be one of my favorite videos on my clarinet channel. 

You can watch the video here:


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Pope-Leighey House Build

Posted on November 24, 2016 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)
Minecraft Build: Pope-Leighey House

In this lesson we will learn about Frank Lloyd Wright, usonian architecture, and Loren Pope. Students are encouraged to use this as a guide and enhance this project with their own research. We will be furthering this lesson with a field trip to the Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria, Virginia. 

The Pope-Leighey House: (This is also the website where you can schedule a tour and has more pictures of the house).

Frank Lloyd Wright: (This is a long one. I haven't watched the whole episode yet). (Great music with this one).

There is a book entitled Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids. You can access the ebook here:

Check out the Frank Lloyd Wrightcraft page on Facebook. There is an entry with a Pope-Leighy build.

Usonian Architecture:

Loren Pope:

Vocabulary Words:

(Please indicate the origin of the word too).







Follow-Up Questions:

Would you like to sleep in the bed designed by Frank Lloyd Wright?

How many chairs were in the house compared to your house?

Would you like to have that bedroom? To share that room with your sibling(s)?

Is there enough room in the bedroom for all of your belongings?

Compare the kitchen to the kitchen at your house.

Why did Frank Lloyd Wright choose these particular building materials?

Would you want to live in a Frank Lloyd Wright House? Why or why not?