Music in Drama

Music in Drama (ages 13-14)

This scheme of work introduces students to the use of music in drama, in particular its power to change the meaning of a scene. The students use the music to help conjure up imagery from which they devise new scenes and enhance this with the introduction of new congruent elements such as symbolism and physical theatre. A number of pieces of music are included in this scheme of work to help create strong moods and atmosphere.


The module contains 6 drama lesson plans.

  • Lesson 1: Introducing Mood And Atmosphere. Spontaneous mime to different pieces of music to interpret its tempo, rhythm and the images it creates.
  • Lesson 2: Changing The Mood And Atmosphere Using Music. Using music to inspire ideas and dialogue using the western music ‘Smoking Gun’.
  • Lesson 3: Symbolism And Music. Use of icons, objects and colours to represent concepts, along with the warm-up exercise ‘Balloon Race’.
  • Lesson 4: Using Physical Theatre With Symbolism. Enhancing the visual impact of a scene by combining movement and sound.
  • Lesson 5: Assessment Preparation. Students self-evaluate their understanding of how to use music effectively in a piece of drama.
  • Lesson 6: Assessment. Interpretation of the mood and atmosphere of a piece of music through the use of symbolism, physical theatre and music.

Supporting materials include

  • 7 pieces of original music of different styles

Additional resources are included in the appendices

  • End Of Unit Self-Assessment Form

The document is supplied as a ZIP file. It contains the scheme of work (PDF, readable on most computers) along with 7 music files (MP3 format).

More Lesson Plans

Imaginative absurdist fun with Carroll, Artaud, Lear and Dali (Year 9)

Foppish frolics and bawdy humour from 17th Century England (Year 9)

Feuding Montagues and Capulets in Shakespeare's Veronan tragedy (Year 9)

Developing thoughtful drama from evocative World War One poems (Year 9)

Using artistic imagery to inspire and create dramatic pieces (Year 9)

Suspenseful drama based on the macabre Edgar Allan Poe classic (Year 9)

Seasonal street theatre, a medieval take on Good versus Evil! (Year 9)

Exploring racism from slavery to Billie Holiday and Malcolm X (Year 9)

Understanding the role of hierarchical relationships in drama (Year 9)

Classic Shakespeare with Lady Macbeth, Banquo, and three witches (Year 9)

Introduces a trio of Greek women: Medea, Electra and Hecuba (Year 9)

Creating and interpreting atmosphere and symbolism with music (Year 9)

Building drama from topical teenage problems and issues (Year 9)

Domestic violence explored through the popular TV genre (Year 9)

Using colour, costume, objects and sound in performance (Year 9)

Three theatrical giants and their influences on modern drama (Year 9)

Introduction to the three influential drama practitioners (Year 9)

This entry was posted in . Bookmark the permalink.