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HS Choir team-building and get acquainted activities

The first of the school year is upon us and I'd like to find some team-building and get acquainted activities that I haven't used before.  Does anyone have some favorites that they use?
on July 19, 2013 5:36pm
Put them in small groups (4-8) and assign each group a well known fairytale (Cinderella, Goldilocks, etc.) and song (Happy Birthday, ABCs).  The group has to set the story to the tune, then perform for the class.  I like it because it's musical, performance focused, and a whole lot of fun! 
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on July 20, 2013 10:16am
Hi Joseph,
 
There are many such exercises/activities on the "Movement & Warm-Ups" and "Safety First" pages of www.choralcharisma.com. My favorites include  the following:
 
  • The Name Game
  • Zip, Zap, Zop!
  • Bunny, Bunny!
  • Bippity, Bippity, Bop
  • Sound Transformation Circle
  • Sound/Movement Transformation Circle
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All my best,
 
Tom
 
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on July 20, 2013 8:31pm
Thanks all, I will store these ideas in a "Team-Building" file.  Tom, I love and have used your book with my choirs! Now, I'll visit your website.
 
Joe
on September 9, 2013 1:07am
love the fact that your thinking of team building, there are loads of resources out there but here are a few ideas:
 
1. Sports Tournament:  If your company already has a ping pong table, foosball table, or other indoor sporting game activity, you have the makings of a sports tournament. Whether it’s a one day event, or a week-long ongoing tourney, it’s easy to take a game and use it to team build. The tournament organizers can pair team members up with one seeded player and one novice on each team to make sure it’s more about fun than winning.
2. Donut Tasting:  After a particularly heated discussion about which bakery in the area produced the best donuts, one company where I worked decided to have a blind donut tasting. People brought in a dozen glazed donuts from a variety of different bakeries one morning. We cut them up into quarters and assigned each platter a number. The team tasted from each platter and voted for their favorites. You could do the same thing with coffee, pies, barbecue, whatever appeals to your company culture. Team members get the chance to show off their favorite food joints and bond over the discussion.
3. Office Olympics: Office Olympics is a series of tasks in which anyone can participate. You can design your own Office Olympics depending on what your company produces. Plenty of boxes around? Construct a tower. Who can shred documents the fastest? Pencil Jenga! Be sure to include a variety of tasks so that many people have the chance to win something.
4. Dress like a Rock Star Day: If your workplace isn’t too formal, you could hold a theme dress day. It might take a little prodding, but inviting coworkers to dress like their favorite rock star, movie star, character from history can end up being a lot of fun. When we had theme dress days at one of my companies, departments would sometimes even go for a cohesive look (like characters from the Wizard of Oz.) Award prizes for the best costumes.
5. Board Game Afternoon:  Bring in your favorite board games and have a game afternoon on a Thursday. From Apples to Apples to Trivial Pursuit, it’s a lower key activity that can promote team building with friendly competition.
6. Pumpkin Carving Contest:  A seasonal activity can help everyone get into the festive spirit.  Have teams have to work together to figure out how to hollow out the pumpkins and get the carving done within an hour.
7. Origami Afternoon: Following instructions and working with nice paper are a plus when your team learns how to make origami. Coworkers can decorate their spaces with their creations. This team-builder is great for a more formal company where raucous competition wouldn’t be appropriate.
8. Wednesday Dance Party:  Pick a song or two, or accept playlist recommendations, and move those muscles! It’s especially good for waking up a late afternoon slump. The key is to keep it short, one, maybe two songs at the most. Choose from a variety of genres and time periods to include all generations.
9. The Bonding Minute:  One of my favorite team-building ideas is held during weekly department/team-level meetings. Instead of going straight to the agenda, every attendee shares an important life event from the previous week. It allows the team to get to know each other better and build a rapport, no gimmicks needed.
1. Sports Tournament:  If your company already has a ping pong table, foosball table, or other indoor sporting game activity, you have the makings of a sports tournament. Whether it’s a one day event, or a week-long ongoing tourney, it’s easy to take a game and use it to team build. The tournament organizers can pair team members up with one seeded player and one novice on each team to make sure it’s more about fun than winning.
2. Donut Tasting:  After a particularly heated discussion about which bakery in the area produced the best donuts, one company where I worked decided to have a blind donut tasting. People brought in a dozen glazed donuts from a variety of different bakeries one morning. We cut them up into quarters and assigned each platter a number. The team tasted from each platter and voted for their favorites. You could do the same thing with coffee, pies, barbecue, whatever appeals to your company culture. Team members get the chance to show off their favorite food joints and bond over the discussion.
3. Office Olympics: Office Olympics is a series of tasks in which anyone can participate. You can design your own Office Olympics depending on what your company produces. Plenty of boxes around? Construct a tower. Who can shred documents the fastest? Pencil Jenga! Be sure to include a variety of tasks so that many people have the chance to win something.
4. Dress like a Rock Star Day: If your workplace isn’t too formal, you could hold a theme dress day. It might take a little prodding, but inviting coworkers to dress like their favorite rock star, movie star, character from history can end up being a lot of fun. When we had theme dress days at one of my companies, departments would sometimes even go for a cohesive look (like characters from the Wizard of Oz.) Award prizes for the best costumes.
5. Board Game Afternoon:  Bring in your favorite board games and have a game afternoon on a Thursday. From Apples to Apples to Trivial Pursuit, it’s a lower key activity that can promote team building with friendly competition.
6. Pumpkin Carving Contest:  A seasonal activity can help everyone get into the festive spirit.  Have teams have to work together to figure out how to hollow out the pumpkins and get the carving done within an hour.
7. Origami Afternoon: Following instructions and working with nice paper are a plus when your team learns how to make origami. Coworkers can decorate their spaces with their creations. This team-builder is great for a more formal company where raucous competition wouldn’t be appropriate.
8. Wednesday Dance Party:  Pick a song or two, or accept playlist recommendations, and move those muscles! It’s especially good for waking up a late afternoon slump. The key is to keep it short, one, maybe two songs at the most. Choose from a variety of genres and time periods to include all generations.
9. The Bonding Minute:  One of my favorite team-building ideas is held during weekly department/team-level meetings. Instead of going straight to the agenda, every attendee shares an important life event from the previous week. It allows the team to get to know each other better and build a rapport, no gimmicks needed.
 
if you need more visit my site Team Building we are based in South Africa, but I guess team building ideas are universal :-)
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on September 10, 2013 6:59am
Check out Teampedia.net   Under the 'collaboration' section are games called "Silent Opera" (my favorite) and "Go!"   Really gets the kids thinking about communication - totally can tie in with what we do.
 
 
on September 11, 2013 5:09pm
Inspired by Kate Degians entry above, I randomly-assigned my students in groups of 3 and told them to make up a song to perform for the class. They could make up a melody or use a standard one. Their song had to include the full name and 3 additional aspects of each group member. They were nervous, worked hard, worked cooperatively, and almost had as much fun as their teacher. It was certainly the most musical getting-to-know-you activity I've ever done.
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