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Step 1: Share Daily Objective

By the end of the class, students should be able to talk about describe how music affects their emotions. 


Step 2: Video “When your favorite song comes on”

“Before you show the video, explain that music can have a major effect on your mood. When we hear our favorite song, it definitely makes us happy… or sad or excited, etc. 


How do they react to their favorite song/artist?

Step 3: Infographic – “Health benefits of music”

 What other health benefits come from listening to music? 

This is a nice way to recycle other topics in this unit like SLEEP, STRESS, EXERCISE, etc.  


Step 4: Music and emotions

 Play 15-20 seconds of one of your favorite songs and model how to talk about how the song/artist makes you feel.

“This is one of my FAVORITE songs. It’s called “______” by  _________. This song makes me feel relaxed and happy.”

 Then pose the question and let a few try to respond: “How does it make YOU feel? (others will figure it out after hearing a few examples)

Music has a way of making us feel different emotions, and one song can make us all feel something different.

Next, let them know you are going to play some different music and each person can share how it makes them feel.

Here’s a playlist of a mix of languages/genres/popular songs that should get a good reaction out of your class:


 Warning: Students will most likely have bold reactions to some songs (start singing/dancing or BOO the song). Be prepared for that. It shows that the music has power! This keeps them engaged in the lesson and your job is to continue to nudge them to stay in the target language. 

You might let students SAY how the music makes them feel or WRITE it out on a white board or switch back and forth. 

Step 5: Music – then and now

 Talk a little about how you shared your favorite music (mixtapes or burned CD) and how you would choose songs that fit a certain mood (love songs, study music) or event (party music, road trip songs). Now, most people don’t make mixtapes, they just build playlists.

Poll the class! How many students use playlists to organize different music? How many do they have on their phone? 


Step 4: What songs would they put on these playlists? Plan and Share! 

This image shows some typical playlists people have.

What songs would they put on these playlists? 

Choose one of the following: 

Give students the handout and let them choose a song for each playlist 


Let students create a playlist on the music site of their choice (Apple Music, Spotify, etc.)

Then, talk about it! 

You may want to provide some sentence started that would help them talk about where they would put their favorite music (appropriate for their proficiency level). 

Ex:  I would add the song “_________” by __________ on the “zero stress” playlist.

 In my opinion, “__________” by ____________ is a good song for the “sleep” playlist.

 You may also want to give them phrases like “That’s a good song!” “Me, too!” and “I agree” so they can respond to others. 


Step 6: Check for learning

Have them explain how music can affect their health or their emotions and give examples of how specific music makes them feel. 


Lesson Extension Idea: Have students create their own HEALTHY LIFE playlist with songs that make them less stressed, motivated to work out, focused and ready to study, etc. 

Have them choose an appropriate title for the playlist, add a description in the TL and share with the class. (They could write/type them OR actually make the playlist on free sites like Spotify. 

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