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Improvisation Games for Teens

Facilitating Music and Theatre Games at Onward Willow



Improvisation games from both music and theatre offer a fun, inclusive and dynamic way to foster creativity, self-expression and social skills among teens. At this page, you’ll find plenty of resources for designing your own workshop!

This page profiles a project by students and professors at the University of Guelph working in partnership with Onward Willow-Better Beginnings, Better Futures. We describe a university course in which we designed and led improvisation workshops during a teen drop-in night. In the video, Dr. Ellen Waterman and Dr. Rebecca Caines introduce you to the project and talk about its impact. You can read and download a Guide written by Waterman, Caines and the participating students that offers practical tips, many games, a workshop template, and 5 sample two-hour workshop plans. Dr. Caines has also written a short essay reflecting on her experience in this rewarding project.


Links:

A Guide to Leading Music and Theatre Improvisation Games for Teens

A Critical Reflection on Playing Across Disciplines

Onward Willow Better Beginnings Website

Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.