Musical games, improvisation (art)

General Aim

To synchronize the group, tuning to each other, improving attention and a creative non-verbal self-expression. The communication between the participants is moving to another level, common understanding and creating.

Learning goals

This assignment addresses the following competencies: improving attention, observation, raising self-awareness, reading people’s attitudes/feelings, practicing spontaneous creative expression, finding a place in the whole, communicating beyond cultural norms, creating music and stories together.

Short description/background/Introduction/Tips for the trainer

Musical games help to break the ice and create a common language within the group, based on caring and attention to others. In addition, they make it possible to imagine stories through music invented on the spot. Musical improvisation allows communication beyond words.
Play leads to greater exploration of the self, to experimenting with new modes of expression.


4-99 years old

Suggested group



Basic toy-like instruments – home-made alternatives are the best.
Objects or percussion producing natural sounds, such as: like wind or string instruments.
Papers, pens and flip charts for written feedback.


90 minutes


The group is sitting in a circle together. In the middle there is a bag full of instruments. After a quick check in, each participant chooses one instrument (later it will be possible to switch the instruments among the participants).

It starts with a jam circle game: 2 people sitting next to each other play, the sound spreads and a wave is passed around the circle, when someone stops, the person next to them starts playing. Then, the setting can vary: 3 people play at the same time. The transition, this time, takes place through eye contact.

At a later stage, small groups can be created. Each group invents a story. The story is told through sounds and music. The audience has to understand what the story is telling.

Evaluation/Final debriefing

During the final evaluation circle, participants can be asked to describe with one word what they felt during the activity. Alternatively, the words can all be written on a flipchart and then a group reflection can be carried on after reading all the collected words.