Archive for Improvisation

Developmental Community Music Course – 2014

Join us for five days of musical bliss! Therapeutic Music Making / Therapeutic Drumming Musical Games / Music-Based Programs Drum Circle Facilitation and More ProRhythms – A Healthful Approach to Music Native American Flute / Ukulele / Drumming / Voice Program Design / Live Sessions / Peer Feedback DCM is Music with a Mission! JOIN […]

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Kalani LIVE Easter Special

For those of you who listed to the latest Kalani LIVE podcast: Here’s the code I mentioned ATG3T8YW You can use this to get between 20 and 30% off all Kalani Music products sold by Musical Media on Amazon (at checkout). Visit AMAZON. Buy 2, get 20% off Buy 3, get 30% off. Enjoy the […]

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Musical Facilitation Techniques

Would you like to improve your ability to facilitate community music making? Perhaps you facilitate drum circles or you are a music teacher or music therapist who works with groups. Depending on the types of services you offer and your personal musical skills, you might use these techniques for various reasons. One major benefit of […]

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Melodic Percussion (No A or E)

In this example from the Summer DCM Course in Los Angeles, participants explored playing tuned percussion, Boomwhackers Tubes, Orff Instruments, Hand Percussion, and Drums in an improvisation. Kalani demonstrates how you can use Orff instruments to create various types of musical effects. This strategy and some of the techniques are listed and discussed in the […]

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Drumming with Persons with Special Needs

There’s been a lot of talk about the health benefits of drumming. From studies in group drumming as a social tool to the science of brain rhythms, drumming has caught the eye of many who work in (or want to work in) health care settings. This article looks at some of the current trends and […]

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Leading Group Improvisation Experiences

Getting Started This article is an excerpt from the Book, The Way of Music. “What should we play?” “How do we begin?” By now, I hope that the answers to these questions will seem fairly obvious to you. If not, I suggest that you begin by simply making a sound – any sound! Remember: Improvisation […]

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Community Drumming Facilitation

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 […]

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DRUM FUN! Mods, Extensions, and Notes

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. […]

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Drum Circle Facilitation

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 […]

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Drum Circle Facilitation

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 […]

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