In the context of contemporary education, be it at schools, colleges, universities or workshop gatherings, one of the most needed exercises are the group bonding and trust building activities. In the interdisciplinary education much can be adopted from music education. The nature of musical education, demans teaching group skills for performance, for co-creating music, or playing in a band or orchestra. I want to share as inspirational and a very valuable resource for educators Pass the Sound, which lists up to 30 exercises that can be used in the group context;
Some of my favorites are creative writing, names on pulse, body percussion, and the trust game. The trust game, I have been using in my teaching for past three years, and was very glad to see a comparable exercise included on the website.
“The source Pass The Sound is a shared learning resource, offering free warm-up, skills, creative, and workshop exercises for musicians to use whilst facilitating group music-making contexts.” However I believe these games can be used in other forms of education, e.g. in an interdisciplinary classroom.
The exercises listed on the website were developed by a number of institutions, such as Royal Conservatoire The Hague and Prince Claus Conservatoire Groningen, The Netherlands, Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavik, Iceland Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, United Kingdom.
These recordings and website have been made possible with the support of the Société Gavigniès & co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union
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Thank you so much Lela, for sharing your experience and resources on this topic. Do you know Erin Manning’s work? She is director of the senselab: http://senselab.ca/wp2/, and has written a lot about embodied forms of thinking, such as in Thought in the Act, together with Brian Massumi. When ready, I will also share my article about a pedagogical proposal for allowing a more diverse and creative pallet of writing styles in the academic writing landscape. I hope you are well. Warmest regards, Marie