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Lesson Plans

Re: music to illustrate

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Bunki Kramer (
Mon, 12 Apr 1999 19:23:15 -0700 (PDT)

>Has anyone tried having the students listen to classical music (or any music
>without words) to try to create images that look like the sound they just
>I would appreciate any experiences you have had, good or bad, that might help
>me with such a lesson. I have been thinking of having them all listen to the
>same passage of music with their eyes shut, several times, as they try to
>conjure up colors, shapes, and other elements, then have them sketch it
>quickly to remember it, and paint it. Would they think I have gone nuts?
>I teach high school...........
Hi, Karla....

Yes, I've tried it using diff. selections of colors with deep,
blaring horns, cool colors with soft strings, etc. in mid. school and I
know of high school teachers who have done the same. You can get some
beautiful products with pastels on const. paper or even values done in

Fun, also, is art with "taste". For example, what color would a carrot
taste like, the sound in pattern it would make as you crunched into it? How
'bout an apple, marshmellow, celery, peach, watermelon?

You could even go into would a piano "look
like" if you played jazz, blues, hip hop, sonatas?


Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526