Designate two or three teams and ask each to collaborate on a team name. Play appropriate music and on their turn, a team earns points for stating the name of the song, the group or artist, or sharing interesting, appropriate, and relevant facts. It can be fun to open a team’s turn up to the whole group if they are unable to identify the song.


Variations of “Name That Tune!” may include the use of TV show themes, popular movie soundtracks, or type of instrument, as wel as:

  • free-for-all lightening rounds
  • using points to play other games, i.e., every five points earns a move in a tic-tac-toe game
  • "Double Jeapardy" final rounds - teams select how many of their points they want to risk winning or losing, then each team is given the same song
  • Name-That-Tune Baseball - (using equipment adapted to be setting appropriate) the player up to bat either names the tune correctly, dances, or sings before hitting the ball.


If you want to know what kind of music somebody likes, ask them! Know whether your patients will be familiar with classic rock, folk, country... Here are also some interesting sources for contemporary popular songs that may offer some interesting conversation: Top Songfacts of 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011


Strutzel, Michelle. (June 4, 2010). An activity that will be a lifesaver. [Web log comment]. Retrieved from lifesaver.html


James E. Riley, MT-BC

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