Music Therapy Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

This lesson plan will teach your students about music therapy. Additionally, they will participate in a fun hands-on activity to reinforce newly learned concepts related to music therapy.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson on music therapy, your students will be able to:

  • Explain how music can be important to the learning process
  • Define music therapy


1 - 1.25 Hours


  • CD player (optional)
  • CDs of music designed for therapeutic listening (optional)
  • Exercise balls (optional)
  • Headphones (optional)
  • Internet access
  • Subject cards (preprinted in advance of class)
  • Timer

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

Instructions and Group Discussion

  • Inform your students they are going to be learning about music therapy, which is sometimes called therapeutic listening.
  • Ask them if anyone is familiar with music therapy, has studied it previously, or has even taken part in music therapy activities.
  • Ask your students to look up some different definitions of music therapy or therapeutic listening on the internet. Have them take turns reading them aloud to one another.
  • Ask your students:
  1. How can music be important to learning?

Answers may include:

a) Different music can affect various parts of the brain, depending on the individual

b) Some music, such as Mozart, may possibly slightly raise a person's IQ level

c) Music may be relaxing, soothing, and reduce stress

d) Music may increase focus and concentration

e) Music may be energizing

Activity - Music Memory and Speech Game

This will work to help students work on memory and speech.

  • Let your students know they will be participating in a fun role playing game related to therapeutic listening.
  • Divide up your students into small groups of 4-6.
  • Shuffle your preprinted cards. Your cards could include the following 25 words:
  1. Love
  2. Cars
  3. Clothes
  4. Friendships
  5. Relationships
  6. Rain
  7. Snow
  8. Birth
  9. Death
  10. Life
  11. Spring
  12. Summer
  13. Autumn
  14. Winter
  15. Family
  16. Friends
  17. Money
  18. Happiness
  19. Sadness
  20. Growing Up
  21. School
  22. Work
  23. Pets
  24. Home
  25. Vacation

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