Improv Game of the Day: Illustrated History

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, one o...

2+ players. The Music Teachers’ Association of California has made an outstanding effort to bring improvisation into school curricula. We haven’t purchased them yet ($32 each), but we are very curious about their Improvisation Syllabus and Guide and Improvisation Games and Activities.

One of their ideas is to illustrate local or state history musically. The procedure is to pick a historically or geographically important topic and then decide on possible musical resources needed to invent a piece about it.

The theme restaurant and control tower at Los ...

Topics about California that they suggest include dinosaurs and prehistoric animals, farming, cattle ranching, the gold rush, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Native peoples and their activities, pioneers, and many more.


Why not improvise music that depicts or evokes the history of your area? Poughkeepsie needs music, too!