101 Music Games for Children
Fun and Learning with Rhythm and Song
By Jerry Storms
For ages 4 and up
Music is used as an inspiration for these games - they are not meant to provide musical instruction. They are, however, an excellent preparation for music education because they foster relaxed attitudes and open-mindedness about music, and allow participants to experience firsthand the pleasures of playing with music.
These music games are really tools for learning. The aim of each game is given, as well as the group dynamics at work and what you need to get started. Games are organized into 3 groups: those that develop personal skills, those that develop social skills, and those that develop creative skills; age level is given for each game. Personal skills games include listening games, concentration games, and musical quizzes. Games to develop social skills include games for getting to know each other, interaction games, and trust games. Games to develop creative skills include games for self-expression and improvisation, seeking and guessing games, and musical board games.
All you need to play are music recordings and simple instruments, many of which can be made from common household items. The games in this book are notcompetitive. Includes a detailed list of games with appropriate age levels.
GAMES THAT DEVELOP PERSONAL SKILLS:
Listening Games: Tracking Down, Which Instrument Is Missing, Imitation Game, Name Game, Changing Chairs, How Many People Behind Me, Guessing a Song, Where Am I, Musical Discussion, Who Is Singing theLoudest, Guessing Games, Night Patrol, Remembering Sounds, Playing by Ear, Freeze-Frame, Musical Relay Race.
Concentration Games: Feeling the Rhythm, Clapping Game, The Square of Sounds, Musical Hand-in-Hand, Dialog Rhythms, Cacophony Without Laughing, Rhythm Game, Mirror with Sound, Human Xylophone, Putting a Song Together, The Story of Sounds.
Musical Quizzes: Listening Quiz, Activity Quiz, Question Quiz, Countries Quiz.
GAMES THAT DEVELOP SOCIAL SKILLS:
Games for Introduction & Getting to Know Each Other: Jamming Station, Instruments Dance, Look for Your Own Song, Instrument Tag, Songs of Animal Sounds, My Instrument, Musical Hats, Musical Tag, I AmSitting in the Grass & I Hear..., Changing Instruments, Key Dance, Singing Tag, Instrument Go Fish, Rhythms Go Fish, Living Go Fish.
Interaction Games: Living Mirror, Making a Shape, Statue, Leading & Following, Which Way Shall I Go, Persuasion Game, Instruments Lead, Completing Songs, Reacting Game, Dialogue with Sounds, Producing a Story, Rhymin' Simon, Musical Puppets.
Trust Games: Hot & Cold, Obstacle Walk, Labyrinth, What Is the Sound I Hear, The Pied Piper, Guided by Instruments, Being Received, The Dancing Dervish, Dancing Blind, Obstacle Course, Who's That, Come Closer, Human Musical Instruments.
GAMES THAT DEVELOP CREATIVE SKILLS:
Games for Self-Expression & Improvisation: Game for Feelings, Brimming Over with Song, Acting Out a Proverb, Fantasy Instruments, Musical Amplification, Musical Forfeits, Acting Out a Song, Sound & Feeling, Singsong Gobbledy-Gook, Music Charades, The Sound Machine, Musical Portrait, Helping Out Song, The Difficult Imitation, Moving a Round, On the Football Field.
Seeking & Guessing Games: Which Sound Is This, What Am I, Which Song Is This, Looking for Instruments, Telephone Game, Guess the Proverb, Musical Lucky Dip, Draw Your Song, Musical Secret Code, Letter Game.
Musical Board Games: Live Board Game, School Board Game, Musical Treasure Hunt, A Real Board Game.
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