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Making Each Show Unique – Varying up the Music Rounds

Making Each Show Unique – Varying up the Music Rounds

Ideas, hints and tips on varying up the Music Rounds at your trivia event to ensure that all the players enjoy the music round of your quiz”



Welcome back to the blog and I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s post. As you can probably gather by now I am full of various ideas based on the vast experience I have acquired over the years as a quizmaster and trivia host so its nice to be able to share these idea with you. Thanks for the comments and suggestions and today we are continuing with the series on looking at how to make each show unique.


And indeed, today we are going to look at one of those areas which people often struggle with. We have actually looked at this issue before but we are going to go into a little more detail here and look at how you can avoid the plateau quizmasters often reach with this music round.


Remember, the whole benefit of having a music round within your quiz is to give everyone a chance to get points on the board. It helps to stop the “bookish” players winning everything, gives those not interested in Science and Geography etc something to do and always works as a good mid-quiz break.


I am first going to look at the main problem you face with this round and then look at hints, tips and ideas on how to make each show unique….


Making Each Show Unique – Varying up the Music Rounds – The problem


The problem with the music round is two fold. Firstly, it is very hard to pitch and you need to pitch it to your audience. If you are into 70’s rock bands but are presenting a quiz to a students then you need to research the recent music and bands they may have heard of. There is nothing worse than turning up to a quiz only to find that you the quiz master is playing songs from his own collection rather than ones people may genuinely know. More than any other round, if you are including music rounds in your trivia, then you need, no in fact MUST, play to your audience. Anything less and the round that is supposed to attract players will end up putting them off.


Secondly, the issue is tedium. If every week all you play is 5 Songs with the players needing to name the artist and track then you run the risk of boredom.



Making Each Show Unique – Varying up the Music Rounds – Hints and Tips


So, here we go then with some hints and idea –


Firstly, one great idea in terms of making it appeal to all is to have a split round. This is more complicated than it sounds but basically what you do is have 10 songs from the 60s-70s and then 10 songs from the 80’s-Present. All the player must do is identify the artist. The round they score the highest on wins….so if a team scores 4 on the 60’s/70s round but 8 on the 80’s/present only the higher score counts. This means teams can spread their knowledge or just focus on one round. It works very well and is one of the most unique ideas I have seen in a quiz.



Themed rounds are also good….rather than just play 10 songs perhaps play 4 where the teams identify the artist and there is a connection. “Stereohponics, Manics, Cataonia. Etc….Connection all Welsh Bands”….5 points on offer for whole round. 1 for each music act identified and one for the connection. Either do this once or twice during the quiz, always popular and rewards extra knowledge as well as the musical knowledge.



Theme’s in general are good, so each week people don’t know what is coming…one week do Country acts, one week Brit Award Winners.


What I often do is add a question to the music….


For example…..


I play the Song “Trouble – Coldplay”……1 point for correct song 1 point for Correct artist but I also say…for a bonus point “In What Year did Coldplay perform this song live at the Brit Awards?”. It works on all kinds of levels and makes the music round a little more interesting. You don’t need to add a bit of trivia to every question…maybe 1 bonus question a week would work.


Alphabet links also works. 10 artists to identify that run in Alphabetical order. So if your first answers is Beyonce, then the second answer is C, then D and so on. Works well and gives people more of a scope to guess at what the answer is.


Throw into the mix the ability to have music rounds that could be based on TV Themes, advert Jingles, cover versions, backwards tracks or “what album did this song come from” always works. Vary it up. Your quiz goers may like and enjoy the current set up you have but to really be the best trivia master in town variation of this round is key. Keeping your customers on their toes is never a bad thing in the world of quiz!






So, in all you can see there are plenty of ideas on the table and things to think about to make your trivia unique and ensure that your audience remain interested and engaged in the quiz itself. It will take some time and effort and as with everything what works in one venue may not necessarily work in another so it may be a little case of trial and error to get everything right.


Thanks again for reading and I do hope you are finding this series useful. It will continue tomorrow with a closer look on round variation and ideas on how to vary up the format of the quiz itself (certainly a post well worth reading no matter what trivia you are hosting).


Until then, keep the comments coming and if you have any suggestions please send them through to use.


Happy Trivia Hosting!

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