Students love playing Freeze in all contexts!

For this game the teacher must explain the signal to freeze. The signal may be a melodic pattern (e.g. do-mi-do-mi), or a rhythmic pattern (e.g. ta-ti-ti-ta-ta). It is often a good idea to write the pattern on the board.

  • Students walk freely around the room while the teacher sings or improvises on a pitched, or percussion instrument (depending on whether you are focusing on pitch or rhythm). The teacher should disguise the signal to freeze within the performance.
  • When the signal is heard, students must stand completely still. Those caught moving are out and must help the teacher judge the next round (or to remove the competitive element, all students can resume moving when music begins again).
  • Another option is for students to remain ‘frozen’ until the signal is heard again.