7th Grade Creating Music Clips Lesson Plan

Topic: Creating Music Clips using Visual Images

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to create a music clip using visual images to enhance the soundtrack.


  • Computer with internet connection
  • Music file (can be downloaded from website like YouTube or SoundCloud)
  • Images (can be downloaded from website like Pixabay)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint or similar presentation software


  • Ask students to listen to the music file and observe the images in the background.
  • Ask students to share their observations and how the images complement the music.

Direct Instruction

  • Introduce the concept of music video and its purpose of enhancing the listening experience by pairing visuals with sound.
  • Explain the different roles and responsibilities of the director, editor, and composer in creating a music video.
  • Show examples of music videos and have students identify the roles of each person in the making of the video.

Guided Practice

  • Divide students into small groups and provide them with a choice of soundtracks
  • Have them brainstorm ideas for images that would go well with their chosen soundtrack
  • Have each group choose roles with which to create their own video
  • Have the editor among the group cut and arrange the images and the soundtrack together into a cohesive and engaging music video.

Independent Practice

  • Assign each student a specific visual image or set of images and have them create a music clip using a video editing program.
  • Encourage students to be creative and inventive with their soundtracks, and to consider the mood and tone of the images when deciding what type of music to use.


  • Have students share their music clips with the class and discuss the relationship between the visuals and the soundtracks.
  • Ask students to reflect on the process of creating the music clips and discuss what they learned about combining visuals and sound.


  • Observe students as they work to create a music clip and provide feedback on their use of visuals and sound.
  • Collect and review the music clips that students create to assess their understanding of the process of combining visuals and sound.

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