Fun With Patterns! Music and Visual Arts

Project DescriptionPatterns

What do musicians and visual artists have in common? They both use patterns in their art!

In this complete lesson kit, students will identify how patterns are found in everyday life, in visual art, and in music. They will then learn how to develop a notation key using shapes and body percussion, and use it to perform and notate musical examples. After practicing as a class, they will work in small groups to compose their own musical patterns.

This activity is designed by Teaching Artists Daphne Cuadrado Andino and Jeff Robinson, and is a great collaboration opportunity for music and visual arts teachers.

Suitable for grades K-6.

Artistic Process

Create, Perform

What's included

-Lesson Plan
-Lesson Slides
-Student shape manipulatives (while supplies last)
-Teacher Kit

Guiding Questions

How are patterns found in both Music and Visual Arts? How can we combine elements from both to compose and create?

Standards Addressed

VA.CR.NH 1. I can select and arrange the elements to demonstrate principles of art.

GM.CR.NH. 1.1. I can use rhythm patterns, songs or words to create a musical idea.

This resource also aligns with the following from the Profile of the SC Graduate:

World Class Skills: Creativity and Innovation, Collaboration and teamwork
Life and Career Characteristics: Self-Direction, Interpersonal Skills

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About the Creators

Daphne Cuadrado Andino and Jeff Robinson are the Visual Arts Teaching Artist and Music Teaching Artists for the Office of Outreach, respectively. Learn more about our staff.

About the Governor's School's Outreach Programs

As a part of the Governor’s School’s mission to serve as a resource to teachers and students across the state, the Office of Outreach provides classroom resources and professional learning opportunities to enrich arts education in South Carolina. Learn more.