Creating a Musical Story: Integration

Creating a Musical Story: Integration

 Arts Integration has become an almost clichéd term in education.  There are quite a few forms of arts integration.  The Kennedy Center defines Arts Integration as an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects and art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.


MU.3.S.3.5             Notate simple rhythmic and melodic patterns using traditional notation.

MU.3.F.1.1             Enhance the meaning of a story or poem by creating a musical interpretation using voices, instruments, movement, and/or found sounds.

MU.3.F.3.1             Collaborate with others to create a musical presentation and acknowledge individual contributions as an integral part of the whole.

LA.              The student will write narratives based on real or imagined events or observations that include characters, setting, plot, sensory details, and a logical sequence of events; and

LA.              The student will write a variety of expressive forms (e.g., chapter books, short stories, poetry, skits, song lyrics) that may employ, but not be limited to, figurative language (e.g., simile, onomatopoeia), rhythm, dialogue, characterization, plot, and appropriate format.

Allow students to choose characters for a story (I use finger puppets)

 Allow students to play “add a sentence” in which the teacher begins a story using one of the characters chosen. Each student around the circle is allowed to contribute the next sentence.

 Make Sure:

  • The story has a beginning, middle, and end.
  • All of the characters chosen have a role.
  • Each child is allowed to contribute.

Give the rough draft to the classroom teacher (or you can do this step) and edit to make the story clean and concise.

On the next day, review the notes of the recorder that you would like to use.

Review the story and ask children to think about “themes” for each character.

Notate the themes on the board.

 Allow students to add other sound effects, as needed.

 Perform the final story.


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