Emotions and music



Because music affects the way we feel, educators can also use it to enhance learning about emotions. For example, educators could play a piece of music and ask children how they feel, or to point to the emotion face that describes how they feel, and then engage in activities or discussion with children to extend learning about the emotion.

The ability of music to change our mood seems to be related to the production of different chemicals in the brain. Endorphins triggered by listening to and making music provide a kind of natural pain relief, where dopamine leads to feelings of buoyancy, optimism, energy and power.


  • ask children to make up dance steps which show how the music makes them feel eg happy, sad
  • get children to complete artworks while listening to different types of music. How does their art change when the music changes?


Learning Outcomes include 3.1 Children develop a strong sense of well being

Brett Young – Music Appreciation

While grouping this morning Will H requested we listen to country music. While listening to “In case you didn’t know” by Brett Young the children expressed their emotions and were involved in a discussion with Miss Danielle about the effect music can have on emotions and feelings.

The children spent time interacting in conversation with each other about their favourite music and the way it makes them feel.

We then painted a guitar and made collage cowboys/cowgirls in relation to the country song we had listened to.


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