Tension and Release: Creating Mindful Harmony (CTE)

Perhaps the Doobie Brothers said it best when they sang, "Listen to the Music." With the third of four lessons from the Changing One's Tune: A Music Therapy STEM Integrated Project series, pupils discover the connection between music and mood. They first learn about tension and release and harmonic analysis. Then, they create harmonic progressions that correspond to different emotions. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Challenge scholars to develop harmonies for different levels of a similar emotion, such as melancholy, sadness, and despair
Classroom Considerations
  • Great to use as a standalone lesson or as part of the series
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  • Students should have access to computers and music production software and/or familiarity with notating, tabulating, or writing chord progressions
  • Supports social and emotional learning
  • Provides a helpful rubric to accurately assess performances
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