Musical Games are some of the most used musical experiences in my repertoire when I work with teens in music therapy.

SO MANY therapeutic goals can be worked into musical games:

Auditory perception goals in Name That Tune,

Social communication goals in Musical BINGO,

and Academic goals in Musical Spacemen (Hangman), just to name a few.

The great thing is that these goals are packaged in a “cool” musical game that is inviting and engaging for teens.

One musical game I created several years ago that is always well received is called Guess Who.

In Guess Who, I create different ways that clients and students can Guess Who the singer or band is.

For example through:

Pictures: I might show a picture of The Weeknd and see if students can Guess Who.

Clues: I might give clues (for example, “This singer rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child”) and see if the students can Guess Who the singer is (Beyonce).

Song Clip: I might sing a line from the Imagine Dragons song “Believer” and see if students can Guess Who the singer / group is.

Then, we reverse rolls and the clients get to work together and come up with their own Guess Who clues and see if the other group members can guess.

This is a way for students and clients to work on social communication skills, auditory perception and listening skills, and executive function skills in an inviting way.

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