The purpose of this music relaxation script is to find out how different styles of music affect your mood and energy level. This is an expressive media exercise, that is, using media for self expression.
Here are three media options for how to express your response to the music during this music relaxation script: crayons, clay, or audio. This way you can decide if you want to respond in a visual, kinesthetic, or auditory way.
Option 1: Paper and crayons. Get a a large blank sheet of paper, or several smaller sheets. You will also need a box of crayons with at least 5 different colors.
Option 2: Clay or dough. You can make inexpensive dough (that can air dry or be dried in the oven and is hard enough to paint afterward - great for making ornaments) with one cup of salt, two cups of flour, and one cup of water.
Option 3: Audio recordings of your voice. Record yourself as you listen to the relaxation script.
Listen to each music clip in this music relaxation script. As you listen, use your chosen media to express how you feel in response to the music.
If you have chosen crayons, use the crayons to draw, scribble, or write on the paper. Make marks to describe your response to the music. You can use color, texture, pressure, shape, lines, written words, or any other form of expression to record your experience during the music relaxation script.
If you selected dough, shape the dough as you listen to each clip. You can use texture, shape, pressure, movement, or any other form of expression by moving the dough in your hands as you listen to each music clip.
If you chose audio recordings, you can use sounds, humming, tapping, spoken words, or any other kind of auditory expression in response to the music clips. You may choose to record the track number, record your response, pause the recording, and record any further responses (rather than recording the entire script). This will make it easier to review your responses quickly at the end.
You may want to use some of your own music clips in addition to the clips used here. Just add those in by pausing this music relaxation script after the 9 clips I introduce, and playing your music.
Pause the music relaxation script here to prepare your materials, and then resume when you are ready.
Now that you have selected your medium of choice, I will play short clips by introducing them only by number. Make sure that you have a way to review your responses so that you know which music track they are associated with - you might want to number each drawing, sculpture, or audio recording so they correspond to the track you were listening to.
After going through all 9 tracks, this script will discuss what the styles were and give you a chance to review your responses and determine how the different styles affected your energy and mood.
Ready? Let's begin.
End of track 1.
(and so on up to track 9)
End of track 9.
If you want to add your own music, pause this script to play your music now. Resume when you are finished playing your clips.
Now that you have listened to some different music and responded with your media of choice, I'll review what the tracks were and discuss the effects of music on mood and energy.
The clips I used are from Apple's GarageBand. You might have different descriptions for the styles of these clips, but here's my best guess as to the style of each one:
1. Tennessee Twister (country)
2. Motocross (hard rock)
3. Tour Bus (mellow rock)
4. Spacey Club (electronic)
5. Piano ballad (classical, blues, piano jazz)
6. Island (latin, salsa)
7. Fifth Avenue Stroll (jazz)
8. Newborn (classical, piano jazz, world)
9. Fireside (jazz, urban)
You probably noticed that you responded to the different tracks in a variety of ways:
- some you may have liked, while others you might have disliked
- your energy level may have gone up or down
- you may have felt emotional responses (happy, sad, angry, calm, energized, bored, annoyed, peaceful, etc)
- some music might have helped you focus, other music may be distracting
- some styles help you feel more relaxed, while others less relaxed
Review your work that you produced while listening to the music. Notice your responses.
What does this tell you about your musical preferences? What do your responses tell you about your music relaxation preferences?
Music for relaxation ideally will be:
- something that helps you feel peaceful
- music you like
Maybe some of the clips you heard fit these criteria. Perhaps none of them did. Experiment with different kinds of music until you find something that fits.
Remember that you can use music in a variety of ways. Relaxation is one option, but you can also use music to increase your energy (for example, playing upbeat music when doing chores), vent emotions (such as sadness or anger), or improve your mood.
Each individual's preferences are unique. Once you have found a style of music that you prefer, you can play this music with relaxation scripts to enhance your relaxation experience.