Use a song's lyric to introduce a topic that leads to another project, such as "Thank You," by Dido and transfer general thoughts of gratitude to thank you card making, or design an activity that involves the lyrics, such as a metaphorical "Bridge Over Troubled Water" picture, where you discuss and write down stressors, triggers, etc. in the troubled waters, support systems and coping skills on the bridge supports, and a realistic goal that the bridge is leading you towards.
Card Making: Perhaps begin with e.g., "Thank You," by Dido, to then transfer general thoughts of gratitude towards making thank you cards.
Bridge Over Troubled Water: Use the imagery in "Bridge Over Troubled Water," by Simon & Garfunkel, to address coping skills. Prepare a large image of a bridge over choppy waves. Discuss and write down stressors, triggers, etc. as the troubled waters, support systems and coping skills on the bridge supports, and a realistic goal that the bridge is leading towards. This can be a group and individual effort.
Mask Making: How we think of ourselves, how we would like to think of ourselves, what others may think of us, and what we hope others will see in us are all very different. Represent these different social masks with a mask making activity. Use lyric analysis (e.g., "The Stranger," by Billy Joel) to discuss self-concept and then transfer ideas to the art activity.
True Colors: Use the song "True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper and have the individual or group listen to the song first. Talk about the important ideas in the song and afterwards have them on a piece of paper draw out their "true colors." They can either use the colors to describe themself or write down different motivational phrases in their representative colors.
Song Lyric Art: Using song lyric sheets, have them circle the lines that stand out most to them. This should be a quick process, the discussion will come after the activity. After circling, have them paint around those words/phrases on the paper, making sure to cover all of the non-circled lyrics up. The painting could be an abstract picture or a picture of the theme of the song; anything they want to paint. Afterwards have them read the lines that are unpainted and discuss how those lyrics come together to form their own message.
James E. Riley, MT-BC
Kayla Breland, MTI
Addison Lucas, MTI