What speaks to me? Giving students time and a chance to process information, really helps them to vocalize their thoughts better. I've always involved my band students in picking out the music that we would perform at jazz festivals each year. I would play recordings as they walked into the room, just to get their initial reaction. If they ignored it or started dancing to it, was a huge factor in whether the song was chosen or not! Also, playing videos of the composer's bands performing these, gives them a visual perspective of the tune as well.
Does it give you any ideas? Listening to a piece of music, or looking at a piece of art, then having the group, one at a time, give their viewpoint of the piece, allows each individual to express how it relates to them, individually. Hearing the other students' perspectives, might change their initial thoughts. Having everyone listen or look again, after hearing each other discuss the work, could open up new ideas and feelings toward it.
How do you integrate art into your current curriculum? Now that I'm teaching pre-schoolers, I have to start from the beginning with them! I will have the kids march to music, count to 4 with the music, shake shakers, click rhythm sticks, etc. At that age, just getting them exposed to music and rhythm is where I begin. The joy on their faces as they play ice cream pail drums is testimony to the fact that music is a force to be reckoned with! Integrating it in the classroom to teach math, science, history, the abc's, etc. gives the students a fun way to learn.