Interplay of the Arts



Description of lesson: While listening to a wide variety of multicultural music, students will draw the sounds that they hear using forms or symbols.  This lesson followed the lesson Dancers Dance in the Empty Space.  Students will now set their musical thoughts to paper. 

Goals of the lesson:                        

Students will:

1.      Transform aural stimuli into a visual composition.

2.      Understand that music stimulates creative expression and creative problem solving.

3.      Evaluate their experience with music in written form answering the following essential question.

a.       How does “form” evidence itself in other disciplines?

b.    What role does music play interpreting form?    

Materials needed:                       

1.  Boom box/sound system for CD.

2.  Cray pas set for each student.

3.  18 x 24 Drawing paper, students fold into nine sections.

4.      Nine recorded excerpts (approx. three minutes each) representing diverse musical genres.  Music devoid of lyrics works especially well (to prevent linguistic/visual conveyance of content.)

Assessment Criteria:                      

1.  Completion of visual pieces.

2.  Designation of numerical references to excerpts.

3.  Evidence of flow, continuity, and form as expressed in      classroom discussion and/or teacher evaluation.

Assessment Strategies:           

1.  Classroom showing of students work.

2.  Compare/contrast student work.

3.  Discussion of form and musical genre.


Extensions: Show examples of how music is used to enhanced

animated and movie sound tracks. 

  Integration: Music, Visual Arts, Communication, and Diversity. 




Making an effort to increase student learning by integrating  music will help children gain meaningful context to their lives.