Archive for Drum Circle
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Community Drumming Facilitation (CDF) is the art of helping a group succeed in creating music, using mostly drums and percussion instruments. CDF includes popular types of community drumming formats, such as drum circles, drum ensembles, guided interactive drumming, and musical games. CDF is conducted by individuals and teams who are familiar with the instruments, the [...]
Download this supplemental PDF (4.2 MB) document to get even more out of your DRUM FUN! experience. This supplement provides additional ideas and information not found on the DRUM FUN! DVD or iBook. In addition to getting more about each activity, you’ll find new information about preparation, presentation and processing these games with different populations. [...]
Drum circles are accessible, entry-level learning opportunities for just about anyone who enjoys making music with others. The whole idea behind a drum circle is that it’s open to anyone who wishes to participate. Because the music in a drum circle is improvised, people have freedom to play as much or as little as they [...]
If you’re a teacher, therapist or facilitator who uses group drumming experiences with your participants, you’ve probably witnessed situations where the group starts off playing together, only to end up in a sort of “downhill” race to the finish line. The tendency to speed up is quite common with young children, but it also is something that happens with just about any group.
What is Drum Circle Facilitation? Before we answer the above question, let’s consider the definition of a drum circle. A drum circle is a gathering of people who come together for the purpose of creating music together and who create that music through a process of improvisation. Simply put, a drum circle is a community–oriented [...]
We’ve all heard about drum circle and drum circle facilitation, but what does it mean to truly facilitate a musical group process? In some circles, the term ‘facilitate’ is used interchangeably with ‘conduct,’ such as “I facilitated a stop cue,” but is conducting the same thing as facilitating? Facilitate means to “make easy,” so the [...]
I’m often asked, by both my DCM students and others who visit the website, how to best serve a specific population. The most common question goes something like: “I have a community music event next week with school-age children (or corporate, or elderly, etc.). What types of activities do you recommend?” As community music leaders [...]
Just returned from two wonderful weeks in Malaysia and Singapore, where I gave a 5-day DCM course. The 24 attendees got a taste of the full range of DCM experiences, from movement, to singing, drumming, song leading with the ukulele, native american flute play, rhythm games, drum circles, guided interactive drumming, drum play, mixed, media, [...]
Improvisation is at the core of what we call “the creative process.” Improvisation is a cyclic process that can be described and defined through any number of different “lenses” or perspectives. It doesn’t matter what the subject or media is, improvisation involves universal steps, such as experimentation, formalization, organization, diversification, etc.. The improviser is in [...]