Understanding Feelings

In order for students to successfully navigate their social situations, they must first be able to correctly interpret and use nonverbal language such as eye contact, facial expressions, and tone of voice. However, many of our students with social language deficits lack the required emotional intelligence to do so. Mayer and Salovey (1997) define emotional intelligence as “the ability to perceive, assess and express emotions; to access and generate feelings when they facilitate thought; to understand emotion and emotional type information; and to regulate emotions aiming at emotional and intellectual development” (cit. in Caruso, Mayer and Salovey, 2002, p. 306). Previous research has explored the combined use of music and art to facilitate the development and growth of emotional intelligence. When incorporating a rhythm, beat, drawing, or painting, students are able to become less literal or “concrete” in their self-expression and take on a more active role in their interpretation and use of feelings. This encourages the development of better interpersonal relationships and, the overall improvement of social communication.
 
During this lesson, your student will be focusing on the exploration of emotions with the combined use of music and art. First, your student will listen to music. Next, your student will talk about how the music makes him/her feel. If the student cannot find the words, the clinician should ask the student leading questions. Show me how it makes you feel. How did it feel in your body? What thoughts did you have? What do you do when you feel this way? When you feel this way, how do you expect others to behave? What would you want someone to say to you? The student will then be asked to draw a scene to show how they feel.

One worksheet to accompany all videos

1. How does this music make you feel?

Talk about how the music in this video makes your student feel. If the student cannot find the words, the clinician should ask leading questions. Show me how it makes you feel. How did it feel in your body? What thoughts did you have? What do you do when you feel this way? When you feel this way, how do you expect others to behave? What would you want someone to say to you? Ask the student to draw a scene to show how they feel, please use the “Feelings” worksheet. 

How does this music make others feel?

Talk about how the music in this video makes others feel. Use this as an opportunity to explore new vocabulary words like   content, comfortable, safe, cozy, etc

2. How does this music make you feel?

Talk about how the music in this video makes your student feel. If the student cannot find the words, the clinician should ask leading questions. Show me how it makes you feel. How did it feel in your body? What thoughts did you have? What do you do when you feel this way? When you feel this way, how do you expect others to behave? What would you want someone to say to you? Ask the student to draw a scene to show how they feel, please use the “Feelings” worksheet.

How does this music make others feel?

Talk about how the music in this video makes others feel. Use this as an opportunity to explore new vocabulary words like courageous, fearless, valiant, pleased, etc

3. How does this music make you feel?

Questions: Show me how this music makes you feel. How did it feel in your body? What thoughts did you have? What do you do when you feel this way? When you feel this way, how do you expect others to behave? What would you want someone to say to you? Ask the student to draw a scene to show how they feel, please use the “Feelings” worksheet.

How does seeing the animals make you feel?

Talk about how the music and the animals in this video make the student feel. Use this as an opportunity to explore new vocabulary words like compassionate, sad for someone, etc

How does this music make others feel?

Talk about how the music in this video makes others feel. Use this as an opportunity to explore new vocabulary words like  unhappy, rejected, depressed, sorrowful, etc

4. How does this music make you feel?

Questions: Show me how this music makes you feel. How did it feel in your body? What thoughts did you have? What do you do when you feel this way? When you feel this way, how do you expect others to behave? What would you want someone to say to you? Ask the student to draw a scene to show how they feel, please use the “Feelings” worksheet.

How does this music make others feel?

Talk about how the music in this video makes others feel. Use this as an opportunity to explore new vocabulary words like  thrilled, animated,  electrified, eager, etc

5. How does this music make you feel?

Questions: Show me how this music makes you feel. How did it feel in your body? What thoughts did you have? What do you do when you feel this way? When you feel this way, how do you expect others to behave? What would you want someone to say to you? Ask the student to draw a scene to show how they feel, please use the “Feelings” worksheet.

How does this music make others feel?

Talk about how the music in this video makes others feel. 

6. How does this music make you feel?

Questions: Show me how this music makes you feel. How did it feel in your body? What thoughts did you have? What do you do when you feel this way? When you feel this way, how do you expect others to behave? What would you want someone to say to you? Ask the student to draw a scene to show how they feel, please use the “Feelings” worksheet.

How does this music make others feel?

Talk about how the music in this video makes others feel. Use this as an opportunity to explore new vocabulary words like joyful, merry, cheerful, etc

7. How does this music make you feel?

Questions: Show me how this music makes you feel. How did it feel in your body? What thoughts did you have? What do you do when you feel this way? When you feel this way, how do you expect others to behave? What would you want someone to say to you? Ask the student to draw a scene to show how they feel, please use the “Feelings” worksheet.

How does this music make others feel?

Talk about how the music in this video makes others feel. Use this as an opportunity to explore new vocabulary words like  edgy,    fearful, etc

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