Improv Game of the Day: A Giant Pineapple!

1 player and an audience (e.g. of Second Graders).

John Manning teaches tuba and euphonium all day long at The University of Iowa School of Music, but after hours he has a remarkable creative side that manifests itself in various ways, one of which is bringing his tuba to his daughter’s second grade classroom. In this game John asks each child in turn for a suggestion for something that he will then depict in music on the tuba. The creativity of children this age is still unbridled; the educational system has not yet squelched the joyous creativity spontaneity of the child at this age, and they are still immune to worrying about appearing “cool” to classmates (making primary schools a terrific place to bring musical improvisation). So John hears wonderful combinations of words and images and never knows what to expect: “A million gophers!”; “Purple cheese!”; “A big bug!”; “My dog!”; “Sand!”; “A red truck!”; and so on. Try this yourself the nearest class of 2nd graders – but be ready for anything!