ALEX Lesson Plan

Illustrate a Song

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Author:Beth Bearden
System: Unassigned
School: Unassigned
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 3785


Illustrate a Song


Many times when people think of art, they only think about the visual arts. Music is also an art form. Music has the ability to inspire us, change our mood, comfort us, and teach us. It is hard to imagine a day without any sort of music. Therefore, it is necessary that when teaching the arts, students also learn about the value of music as an art form.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: 6
Visual Arts
3) Develop new ideas through open-ended experiments, using various materials, methods and approaches in creating works of art.

Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: 7
Visual Arts
5) Apply graphic design strategies to produce a work of art, design, or media that clearly communicates information or ideas.

Example: Students design and create posters or fliers to advertise a school art show or athletic activity.

Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: 8
Visual Arts
3) Engage, experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meaning that emerge in the process of creating art.

Local/National Standards:

National Content Standard #1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes.

Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will illustrate a song or selection of music after examining the mood and feeling generated by various types of music.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

31 to 60 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

CD player and variety of music on CDs - including English-language, non-English language, and classical music.

Technology Resources Needed:



The teacher will need to collect a variety of examples of different music and preview them to select the appropriate music to play for Step 1 and pick an especially good example to play for Step 3.

1.)The class will listen to several musical selections.

2.)The instructor and the students will discuss the possible interpretations of each song. a. What does this song make you think about? b. How does this song make you feel? c. What is the point the song is trying to relay?

3.)The instructor will play a different musical selection.

4.)The students will create a picture using available media in order to illustrate either the feelings, the mood, or the message the music conveys.

5.)If time allows, additional songs will be played.

6.)The class will share and discuss their art.


Assessment Strategies

Students should not be evaluated based on their product, but on the process of listening to music and illustrating what it means for them.





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