Drawing to Music Art Activity

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Drawing to music is a fun yet simple to set up art activity for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners. Check out how I use this wonderful and easy activity with my kids.

Combining music with art is great sensory activity that I love to do with my kids as a quiet time activity. It is very easy to set up and you can easily use any piece of music you like.

I like to use classical music in order to create a calm quiet environment. But you can also use more upbeat music to draw to.

Before letting my daughter draw I will give her a brief background on the piece of music. This will include the name of the composer and something interesting about him or her.

I am not a musical expert so I just use Google to find interesting pieces and to get the background information.

After giving her a little background I will usually ask her to draw how the music makes her feel. We will listen to it once and I will ask her what the music makes her think of. If nothing comes to mind I will help her by discussing my own feelings.

Finally, it’s time to draw. If the piece of music is short I will replay it several times while she draws.

When she is done I will ask her to explain her drawing to me. This is a great time to expand vocabulary especially for toddlers and preschoolers. This activity usually leads to more drawing so it’s a great one to do while I’m making dinner or as a post dinner activity while I’m cleaning up.

Looking for classical musical options to listen to? Check out these options:

  1. Summerland by William Grant Still was the first African American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra, the first to have an opera produced by a major opera company (the New York City Opera), the first to have a symphony (his First Symphony) performed by a leading orchestra, and the first to have an opera performed on national TV.
  2. Violin Concerto in G Major, Opus 2 by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges Chevalier de Saint-Georges is remembered as the first classical composer of African origins.
  3. Symphony No. 1 in E Minor by Florence Price was the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra – in 1933.


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  • Markers, crayons, pencil crayons or oil pastels
  • Phone or tablet

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