Music as a coping strategy

Research shows that music has the power to boost people’s mood, motivate and connect them, and help them to focus. During this lesson, students will consider different ways music can help them to cope if they are going through a tough time or struggling to focus. They can access playlists from Odette and Montaigne or create their own.

Year Level



5 minutes


  • In class activity
  • Online learning
  • Take-away activity

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management

Learning Intention

Students will understand how music can support their personal wellbeing, by helping them to focus and cope, and learn to create their own playlist.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify why music can be helpful
  • describe how music makes them feel
  • access their private playlist.
Activity 01

Instructions 5 min

  1. Ask students:
    • How does music make you feel?
    • What type of music do you listen to?
    • Do you listen to different music for different reasons?
  2. Provide students with access to the article ‘5 ways music can get you through tough times’
  3. Read the article with students.
  4. Invite students to create their own playlists of 10 songs by:
    • using a streaming app such as Spotify
    • writing song titles in their book
    • recording links to songs on YouTube.

Extension: To extend this lesson, use students’ playlists to create a class list. This may take some time, as students will need to consider different genres and others’ opinions in limiting their selection to 10 songs.