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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 28

Musicalizing Discussion

This is another way to energize workshops, meetings, trainings, and classes that are getting stale. Participants use kazoos, tambourines, and voice to demonstrate musically the patterns of their discussions or to capture the dynamics of a problem.

Purposes

  • To bring variety and zest to formats that are getting stale from routine
  • To unleash creative impulses in enacting discussion dynamics
  • To use nonverbal means to explain and shed light on a familiar experience

How It Works

  • Small groups of six to eight members are given kazoos, tambourines, and triangles so everyone has an instrument.
  • The assignment is to create a musical composition of up to a minute that uses instruments and voices to capture the ...

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