Music and Emotions
LISTEN Audio Instructions
Target age range: K-6
1. Make a feelings card. Take a piece of paper and draw a box and write as many emotions or feelings as you can.
2. Now read or say each feeling word and silently imagine music that sounds like that feeling.
3. Create a blank listening sheet.
4. Listen to the pieces listed below in step number 5. Think about what emotions you hear and feel. Use vocabulary words to describe each piece. The words on your feelings card might help you. Draw a picture to go along with each. Here are the pieces of music for your listening activity. A few things to think about while listening:
• Does the emotion or feeling change throughout the piece?
• What musical techniques did the composer use to create these feelings or emotions?
• Can you use any music vocabulary words when you describe the emotions or feelings you hear?
• Does the title of the piece give you any clues?
Piece #1: Lines, by Mary Ellen Childs
Piece #2: Yearning for Peace, by Tan Dun
Piece #3: Dance of the Knights, by Sergei Prokofiev
Piece #4: Part of Music for Royal Fireworks, by G. F. Handel
Have a question or suggestion? Contact Katie Condon, music education specialist.