Type of strategy: Music, Rhythm, Rhyme, and Rap

Use to gain attention in large group sessions, signal social time and work time, as well as end the workshop.


  1. Pre-select music. (NOTE: It is helpful to organize music into categories – energizing, calming, baroque, sign-a-long, etc.)
  2. Play music as participants enter to help set the tone for the workshop.
  3. Turn music on during work or social times, signaling time to work.
  4. Turn music off when you want attention from the group.
  5. Consider playing baroque and other carefully selected classical music during work session, and more popular or sign-a-long music during social times.

Submitted by: Jennifer Arns