Rythm Instruments is a fun way to break the ice in groups, helping each participant to feel involved and create something from "scratch".
- Having Fun
- Being Creative
- Foster Collaboration
- A variety of small percussion and rhythm instruments, e.g.,tamborines, drums, bells, whistles, claves (sticks), shakers, maracas, kazoos
- drums can be made with sticks, cans, bottles, pots, boxes
- cans or boxes filled with rocks, grains, beads, coins, sand, or seeds, and closed securely, become shakers
- Key rings can be shakers
- don't forget clapping!
This activity can be led by a musician with a guitar or other instrument, a singer, or anyone. Encourage people to think of PLAYING music - not to be intimidated by whether or not they have musical skills or talents.
Invite people to play along with the free-form rhythm or a familiar song or tune begun by the leader. Encoureage people to switch and trade instruments as they please. The leader can sometimes indicate a period for one person, a smaller group of people, or those with one type of instrument to play - e.g., only bells now; only the men.
Discuss the experience. Prompts can include: Did you listen to each other? How would you do it differently if you were the band leader? Are there lessons about collaboration?
The whole group making the instruments listed in the "materials" section above can become a separate activity, or the lead-up for activity. Supply materials and/or have people bring stuff from home.