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Teaching music with group games & activities


An effective and engaging way to teach music skills and related curriculum is through the use of fun group games and activities.

There are specific group games and activities that are ideally suited to the development and practise of certain musical skills because they are inherently creative and attractive to play. Playful group activities help students explicitly or implicitly grow in their knowledge and use of basic music skills.

Key skills such as rhythm, tone, creativity and execution can all be taught through the use of specific experiential group games and exercises.

Take a look at the samples listed at the bottom of this page to explore some great activity ideas to blend with your existing music curriculum.


Benefits of Integrating Group-Based Games Into Your Music Classes

Some of the more powerful reasons teachers integrate the use of group games and activities into their music and related studies include:

  • Group games are often playful and fun and consequently inspire creativity and imagination.
  • Ideal for generating energy to teach movement and rhythm;
  • Some activities are specifically focused on the use and practise of certain musical skills, eg clapping and moving to a rhythm, working together as an ensemble, etc ; and
  • When facilitated well, group games can help build critical social and emotional skills within the group.

If for no other reason, your group will enjoy learning music and related skills because of the many fun and relevant group games they played in your classes.


Group Activities Which Support & Amplify Music Curricula

The images below provide links to a sample of group activities which can be easily integrated into your existing curriculum to teach music skills, drawn from playmeo’s comprehensive activity database.

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Walk & Stop

Active game to inspire good listening & reflex skills.


Copy Claps

Infectious copy-cat game to get your group's attention.