DURATION: 60 min
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 2 To 20
AGE: 15 years old
LEVEL OF TRUST: Medium
LEVEL OF PARTICIPATION: High
LEVEL OF LEVEL_OF_PREPARATION: No
TOPIC: creative + culture
INSTRUCTIONS: Place some instruments in a circle. Make sure to involve a variety of instruments, including a few that do not require musical training.
1. Invite young people to join the circle and sit next to the instrument they would like to use.
2. Talk about their experience with music and playing different instruments:
- Which instruments have you played before?
- Have you ever been to a jam session?
- Do you like music?
- What kind of music do you like?
- Do you like to sing?
3. Agree on the rules of the jam. E. g., we do not judge, it's all about the good mood and collaboration.
4. Start a jam session:
- One starts with the beat, others gradually join with different instruments.
- Try to listen to the music and feel the mood and join in or add something.
- During the session, try different tempos, volumes, styles, genres … without agreeing and talking about it.
- Finish after 30 minutes or when the group feels like it.
- How did you like it?
- How do you feel about the instrument you had?
- Would you like to try something else next time?
- How did it feel to play in public?
MATERIALS: Instruments (recommended: small african drum, egg shaker, guitar, cajon, maybe one unusual instrument that brings attention)
COMMENTS, TIPS & TRICKS: If you don't have any instruments available, you can use whatever is on hand, like your bodies: clapping, singing, etc.
Since the activity involves playing in public, make sure everybody is comfortable with that or build the confidence for it before starting.