Lesson Plan

The Function of Music - Lesson

Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 9 - 12

Author: Adapted with permission from Arts Education: A Curriculum Guide for Grade Nine, Saskatchewan Education, September 1992.


This lesson examines how music reflects and influences societies and is a metaphor for ideas and experiences. Students begin by brainstorming the functions or purposes of music and by discussing music’s power as a mirror and a symbol. A special focus will be made on the use of music to sell - how advertisers use the power of music to create bonds between consumers and products. As a group activity, students will create and present multi-media, musical collages, based on the functions of music that they have brainstormed.

Learning Outcomes

The students will:

  • develop an awareness of the functions of music in the community and beyond
  • explore how the context that a musical composition is created in affects the work
  • understand how music can transcend its genre and become a symbol of an historical time, an historical event, an aspect of popular culture or a group of people
  • understand how music both reflects and affects societies

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.

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