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  • Activity #3: Storyboard

    Creating a "storyboard" is a fun activity for kids—it lets them use their imagination and gives them a chance to offer and share ideas. In this activity, the audience hears short excerpts from a piece that is about to be performed and creates a story that accompanies the music. Storyboards can also be used as good opportunities to reiterate the differences between instruments and/or as opportunities to share in more detail which musical elements make music sound "angry" or "sad" or "happy." Note that in this activity, the audience is asked a specific question about each excerpt—for instance, what kind of character or place the music might depict—not just "How does this section make you feel?" Also note that the ending of the musical work is still left as a surprise, giving the audience something additional to listen for during the performance.