I decided to add a musical twist to this activity to help my students experiment with improvisation at our last group lesson.
- Before the lesson, I prepared a sheet with various clipart characters and settings (a princess, a frog, a castle, a racecar, a chef, a sunset, an ice cream cone man etc.) to help spark their imaginations.
- We had a brief discussion about how different musical elements (pitch, major/minor scale patterns, dynamics, and rhythm) can help effectively paint a musical picture for the listener.
- Then students took turns picking an image to build our musical story around. They played a musical representation of their character or setting while adding a few sentences to the story.
This could easily be adapted for private lessons between teacher and student to review concepts of major and minor or help a student boost their expressive playing skills.