Telephone Exercise

Purpose: To heighten each player's ability to communicate a shared musical idea or motive: To learn to create and respond motivically. The idea for this exercise comes from the children's game 'telephone,' in which children sit in a circle and whisper a spoken phrase in each other's ears. The last person to receive the whispered phrase repeats it out loud, followed by the child who started the game. There is much laughter as everyone realizes how much the phrase has changed. Like the child's game, the final phrase in musical 'telephone' will most likely not match the beginning. It doesn't matter! The point of the game is a state of heightened communication, which leads to the development of skills needed for motivic.