101 Activities For Teaching Creativity And Problem Solving

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101 Activities for Teaching Creativity and Problem Solving.Copyright © 2005 by John Wiley &
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8. Music Mania

Music has a calming effect on our emotions that can help us
generate ideas. Research has shown that certain types of
music can affect moods and productivity.
Our brain centers associated with emotional responses are
also linked to our ability to function creatively. Music has the
potential to stimulate these brain centers and help us think of
creative ideas. Both music and creativity involve similar pro-
cesses and features such as intuition, abstract symbols, and
holistic interpretations of data. Musical composition is a cre-
ative activity as well. Given this relationship between music
and creativity, it makes sense that music can help stimulate
new ideas.


  • To help participants generate as many creative ideas as possible

  • To help participants learn how to use the activities to generate ideas

Small groups of four to seven people each

Materials, Supplies, and Equipment

  • For each group: markers, two flip charts, and masking tape for posting flip-chart

  • For each participant: one sheet each of three different colors of sticking dots
    (^1 ⁄ 2 ” diameter) and one pad of 4 x 6 Post-it®Notes

  • A variety of music ranging from jazz, pop, soft rock, and classical

  • Audio equipment to play the music

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