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:
- Song form
- Song key
- Chord changes
- Production elements
- 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.
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