Lesson plan

Musical Images in My Mind

What’s so special about a group of musicians working together? Students will love learning about the orchestra as they create their own unique piece of art!
Grade Subject View aligned standards

Students will be able to use music to inform the creation of a piece of art.

(5 minutes)
  • Ask students to think about their favorite song.
  • Lead a short discussion on how music makes us feel when we listen to it.
  • Say, “There are many different kinds of music. Today we are going to learn about a group of musicians who play many different instruments that work together to create one piece of music. This group is called an orchestra.”
(10 minutes)
  • Read aloud the book Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, by Lloyd Moss and Marjorie Priceman
  • Discuss what students learned about the orchestra.
(5 minutes)
  • Play half of a piece of music from an orchestra.
  • Pause the music and model thinking aloud to demonstrate how the music makes you feel and what it reminds you of. What pictures do you see in your mind?
  • Play the remainder of the piece of music and ask students to share the pictures in their mind.
  • Model creating a quick piece of art (explain that students should take their time on their pieces) to draw the pictures in your mind, and demonstrate writing down words to describe your picture (like "clouds," "rainbow," and so on).
(20 minutes)
  • Explain to students that they will now get to listen to a piece of music called, “The Firebird,” which was both a ballet and concert by a Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky.
  • Tell students that they will listen to the music and then get to use art supplies to create a piece of art that shares how the music makes them feel, or the picture in their mind.
  • Listen to “The Firebird” as a group and then have kids create their own piece of art.
(10 minutes)
  • Read aloud the book Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, by Lloyd Moss and Marjorie Priceman


  • Ask students to tell you the words they want to use to describe their art. Write down the words on index cards and have the students copy the words onto their art.


  • For advanced students, ask them to write full sentences to describe their art, along with the pictures they see in their mind.
  • Speakers set up to project The Firebird or other similar piece
(5 minutes)
  • Notice how the students are adding details to their art pieces.
  • Ask students questions about how the music made them feel and what images they drew.
(5 minutes)
  • Display student art and ask students to share with the class what images they saw in their mind.
  • Close by reviewing how music can allow people to imagine all kinds of different things. That is what makes music so amazing!

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