Story of Self: Identity Through Music (CTE)


Students will then explore their own identity and the concept of narrative through the music that they love by creating a playlist and sharing the playlist on


This is the first lesson in a four lesson unit: Hear Me: Stories We need to Tell! This unit was designed to integrate Music, English, 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 the history, importance and power of the mixtape. Students will examine narratives related to mixtapes as well as several examples. Next, students will explore their own identity, create a narrative, and use music that they love to create a modern mixtape, a playlist. Finally students will share playlists with the class and will analyze and respond to their peers' playlists.

This lesson should be taught in the beginning of the year when students are learning about each other and their shared or unique musical interests. Prior to beginning this unit, students will need to create a SoundCloud account, which is used for sharing projects and playlists.

Lesson Times

One day with homework, three without
3 Days

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    • 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 (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Create a playlist that demonstrates a self narrative.

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