Consonance and Dissonance: Creating Intervals for Emotions (CTE)


Students will learn about the connection between music and emotion and will demonstrate this by learning how to recognize and play different intervals.


This is the second lesson in a four lesson unit: Changing One's Tune: a Music Therapy STEM Integrated Project. This unit was designed to integrate Music, English, Science and Special Education. Each lesson can be used alone or with the entire unit with. Additionally, this unit can work without collaboration from other subjects.

In this lesson, students will, learn about and create all of the consonant and dissonant intervals within an octave. This lesson is intended for students of all levels, especially beginners. Prior to teaching this lesson, students should have learned some basics about intervals as well as some basics of playing a stringed instrument. Students should have access to computers and music production software in order to look at and analyze music, however this unit could also be completed by printing out the attached music. Students should also have a regular guitar, a three string guitar, or ukulele a ukulele. Students will also use a Listening List, which is a Google form used to collect responses to daily listening warm-ups.

Lesson Times

2 Class Periods

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    • Performing Arts
    • Production and Managerial Arts
K-12 Subjects
  • Visual Arts & Performing Arts
    • Music
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California's 2013 CTE Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • recognize different intervals when played out loud.
  • play different intervals on a stringed instrument such as guitar or ukulele.
  • categorize an interval as consonant or dissonant.

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