Inspire cards


Deck of cards that show images to interpret musically.


Generally an Inspire Cards deck can be formed of any images. There are a few approaches to making an inspire deck as for complexity, ambiguity and connection with recognized sound sources.

Practical tips: You can put all cards in cards sleeves for better shuffling and dealing. Repetition of images is problematic in some games, but a feature in others, so this usually requires some testing. If you use images that work well with your games or have any other idea of expanding the deck, please, write in the comments.


Here we present a pre-made sets that were tested with different games. In one deck there are 16 cards. The cards are to be beginner friendly so an association with the real sound are seen on most of the cards, and this sounds are diversified at any given set.

Universal inspire cards deck I — inspired mostly by notrightmusic's 15 cards example.

Other sets (a page about piano teaching by Joy Morin) offers for download 96 cards in the freebies section. These are sometimes broad and sometimes similar to each other, so might not be suitable for all of the inspire card games from the library. But for free-form activities should be very good because drawings are nice and colourful.

Dixit is a popular game sold in many countries. Drawings for the game are quite evocative and give great results for musical activities. You can play a music version of Dixit as it is, without talking as in the game but with playing the suggestions on instruments solo or in small ensembles (for example when a person who chose a card shows it to neighbours and they all score points together for the round). For smaller games you can show six cards in order and then roll the dice in secret for which to play for guessing.

Games with Inspire Cards

Other props:

Mark for clarification

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