Musical Children in the Making

Activity of the Month

Moods & Styles of Music

Submitted by: Ebony Jenkins

For the month of May we have the theme of Moods and Styles of Music. A great activity is to choose different styles of music that evoke different moods. Choose a couple of different pieces. For example, you could use the pop music song "Happy" by Pharrell and the jazz piece "Rhapsody in Blue" by Gershwin How about a Blues song or Classical music? Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings can evoke many different emotions. 

Get your favorite art supplies (paper and markers, glue and scrap fabric, play dough, etc.) and create a mood picture/sculpture. How does the music make you feel? Happy, sad, excited, sleepy, mad, scared, etc. There are no rules here, just use the feeling of the music in your creation. Try acting out the feelings with your facial expressions too. This may help your child identify their feelings. You could play one piece on repeat. You can also play the music in succession and see if your art begins to change. This is a great tool for talking and learning about feelings and how we react to them.