Very simple activity I complete with my 5th and 6th graders when we discuss "Absolute Music" (music for the sake of music) in music history lessons.
Students are asked to listen to a selection of music (I choose a piece from the Classical Period to align with the larger content we are learning) and draw what they hear. It can be a single image to an entire story. It is meant to be and abstract right brain activity, but some students will literally draw the instruments that they hear.
This works well with more descriptive music from the Romantic Period as well to see if students came up with an image close or exactly what the composer was intending to depict
To reinforce the justification of how their drawing relates to what they listened to students are asked to write and explanation of their drawing and asked to pinpoint a moment in their listening that inspired their drawing. Sentence stems are written in for ESL students and can be omitted for higher level students.
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