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Musical Story

Updated: Apr 8, 2020

Write or draw along to a piece of music and see where your imagination takes you!

What you’ll need: A way to listen to music, paper, drawing or writing supplies

What’s it for?

This activity uses music to help you imagine a story or a picture as a way to express your thoughts and feelings.

Check In:

Notice how you’re feeling right now. Close your eyes and notice what’s going on inside your mind and body.

  • How are you feeling?

  • What are you thinking?

  • How does your body feel?


  • Find some music to listen to. This could be a favourite song, but it might be useful to listen to music that doesn’t have words. If you need some ideas, you could listen to The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens, Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, or Mars, by Gustav Holst.

  • Listen to the different sounds in the music. What kind of pictures or ideas do they make you think about? Can you imagine the music as the soundtrack to a story? What is happening in the story?

  • As you listen to the music, draw or write about the images or story you imagine. This could be related to something going on in your life at the moment, or completely make-believe.

Extra Activity: Could you act out your story? Do you need a different piece of music for other parts of the story?

When you’ve finished filling in your circles, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Who was the main character of your picture or story?

  • Was there anything they wanted or were trying to do?

  • Were they facing any difficulties?

  • Was there anything positive happening in the picture or story?

  • How did you feel while you were drawing or writing?

  • Did it change as the music went on?

  • How did the music affect what you drew?

  • Is there anyone you would like to share your picture or story with?


Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything surprising? What can you take away to make you feel better about yourself from this activity?

If you would like to, share something about your experience with this activity with someone you live with! Ask the person who looks after you to send us an email if you have any questions or comments about the activity, or would like to send us any pictures ( Don't forget to subscribe for more fun CAT activities!

Created by Heather Dingle © March 2020


Creative Art Used: Music, Creative Writing, Art

Psychological Area Explored: Emotional Wellbeing, Play, Self-Exploration

These activities could be done by children of all ages, but some may need the support of their parent or carer to read the instructions or complete the activity safely.

This website was made by CAT Corner to help you explore your feelings through fun creative arts activities. The people using the website and the people responsible for them need to make sure they stay safe (full disclaimer on About page).

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