Musical Treasure Hunt – The Search for Emotions in Music
A fun, weekly contest in which each kid chooses a song that expresses the “emotion of the week”
The winner is the one who finds a song that best evokes the emotion of the week, as voted by their peers! The real treasure is helping kids understand how music can be a personal window into emotions and experiences.
In addition, participants:
Learn about the building blocks that make up a song
Hone their listening skills
Get to know each other better by articulating their ideas
Every Monday, write down the emotion of the week and display it in the room (somewhere prominent). For example, “Fear”
Participants spend the rest of the week thinking about what song makes them feel “fear.”
You can also explore these themes in your songwriting workshops through the week.
Participants write down the artist and title of the song they think best represents the week’s emotion and bring it in on Friday.
As a group, listen to each entry, and discuss whether or not it evokes the emotion of the week.
Participants should consider:
At the end of the listening session, participants vote on a winner whose song best represents the emotion of the week.
The winner gets to choose the emotion for next week.