Vena Long, a professor at the University of Tennessee advocates using games in the classroom because, "Fun is a motivator." A charades game reviews facts while helping students explore how to express themselves creatively. Charades is a pantomime game in which a player acts out a phrase and his team wins by guessing the phrase correctly within the time allowed. Since charades is a popular game outside the classroom, your students will enjoy showing off their knowledge of music during a game of "Musical Charades."

Step 1

Write musical titles, notations, instruments and composers on separate pieces of paper before class. Titles can include compositions you listened to in class like Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" or a popular song on the radio. Fermata, accent, quarter note, crescendo, allegro and staccato are good examples of musical notations.

Step 2

Divide the class into two or more teams.

Step 3

Discuss the nonverbal signals with the class. Here are a few of the common signals.

Number of words: Point the number of fingers upward.

Number of syllables in a word: Place the number of fingers on the opposite arm.

Correct guess ("on the nose"): Point to the person who guessed correctly with one hand while pointing to your nose with the other hand.

Rhyming ("sounds like"): Pull your earlobe.

Step 4

Start the first round. A player from the first team picks a slip of paper and briefly reviews it. He hands it to the moderator who sets the timer for 3 minutes. The player's team must guess the contents of that paper based on the player's nonverbal clues within three minutes to earn a point. Continue the round until each team has had a turn.

Step 5

Play as many rounds as time or interest allows. The team with the most points at the end of the last round wins.