My favorite app for choosing art room music has long been Songza.com
. It’s a free download and they let you choose music by way of categories, including “Mood”. I realized this week that I was overlooking an easy way to enhance my art projects. In this case, it was the Picasso-style Blues Self Portrait. I started to choose my usual “Mellow” music, but decided to try out the “Sad” category. There I found a subcategory of “Classical for Sobbing”. It was perfect! Lovely, sad, classical opera played while students painted away. They seemed to be more attentive to what they were hearing, and I had fun teasing them they weren’t allowed to cry in class.
For the future, wouldn’t it be lovely to listen to a “Relaxing Mountain Stream” while painting a nature landscape? Or the sounds of birds on “In a Quiet Park” while painting a bird? It’s rather funny when you realize you are limiting yourself for no real reason. I’d love to hear if anyone else comes up with great project / music matches.
Note: I have no affiliation with Songza, it just seems to work well for me.