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Music games are defined as the use of music, musical activities, or musical trivia as the structure or content of competitive activities, which should build interpersonal relationships and facilitate discussion, generalizations, and concrete transfers as appropriate.
Hot Potato: A group passes an object around in a circle until the music stops. The "winner" might answer or ask questions, say something about themself, or discuss something treatment focused. Variation: Group taps to the music's beat and, in regular beat, individuals take turns clapping their hands instead of passing an object around (Riley, 2012).
Musical Chairs: Similar to Hot Potato but with the chairs of the circle facing out and with one fewer chairs than players, groups safe to play will walk around the chairs until the music stops. Everyone rushes to sit down! Whoever is left without a seat sits out, or perhaps is i.e., given a question to answer.
Musical Emotions: Fill a red solo cup with the names of many different emotions. Pass the cup around in a circle while playing a song. When the music stops, the student who is holding the cup picks out an emotion and acts it out without speaking or getting up from their seat. After the students guess the emotion, discuss how to recognize this emotion in others and what to do when you see someone expressing this emotion.
Musical Emotions Bingo: A musical adaptation of Bingo that requires participants to interpret emotions of lyrics and identify them on a Bingo card.
Cevasco, A. M., Kennedy, R., & Generally, N. R. (2005). Comparison of movement-to-music, rhythmic activities, and competitive games on depression, stress, anxiety, and anger of females in substance abuse rehabilitation. Journal of Music Therapy, 42(1), 64-80.