Soundtrack of my Life – Connecting Music & Emotion (SEL Version)


This Soundtrack of my Life (Social Emotional Learning Version) is a musical assignment will be sure to engage your students! This resource includes both a ready-to-print package AND a Google slides version of the project.

Students will be asked to:

  • Create 4 short playlists of songs that represent different moods/emotions
  • Choose 2 songs from 2 different playlists, where students will explain how the song connects to their experience with that emotion and analyze the musical elements
  • Critically think about the connection between the power of music and our emotions
  • Create cover art, a visual representation of the music they hear

Why Teach Social Emotional Learning Skills

Social emotional skills help students learn how to manage their emotions, develop stronger relationships, gain awareness of the feelings they have, and have an opportunity to better understand and process those feelings through strategies that involve music. This project is a great way for students to critically think about how they can use music in their own lives, particularly by developing a music listening strategy that can utilize when experiencing big emotions within their everyday lives. This music-focused social emotional learning assignment allows students to be meta-cognitive of their own experience in music and their emotions, analyze the elements of music, and apply their understanding through songs of their own choice.

A rubric is also included for assessment, with a success criteria checklist that students can refer too while completing the assignment and before they submit.

Purchase of this product includes 2 versions of the resource: a printable PDF and a Google Slides version, that is intended to be used on Google Apps such as Google Slides and Google Classroom. A ‘Google Classroom Help’ guide is also included to help answer any questions you may have regarding uploading the product correctly for your students.