Archive for Drums

Kalani Interview

What was my first musical memory? How did I get started in music? When did I know I wanted to be a professional musician? What was it like playing with Yanni? What was the vision behind the Rhythm Spirit CD? What are the different types of community drumming that I facilitate? What’s the difference between […]

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The Giant School Drumming Circle

What does it take to get 150+ kids all playing together? How do you start? What techniques and strategies does one use to both control the group and, at the same time, set them free? Find out in this narrated mini-series about the giant school drumming circle by Kalani. This was shot during a residency […]

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A Great Song for Passing Games

This Spanish song makes a wonderful accompaniment for any passing game. Use egg shakers (as we do in the video) or anything you like. This was first introduced to me by Sofia Lopez-Ibor during a Level I Orff-Schulwerk course. Need the words? Find them by searching for “Endunda si gualaguasi pembe.” Enjoy! Need more like […]

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Therapeutic Music Making

What is Therapeutic Music? Therapeutic music is any music or sound form that is used purposefully and skillfully to create a desired change in a person’s physical, emotional, or cognitive state. In short, it is music that helps people create positive change. What is Therapeutic Music Making? Therapeutic music making is the act of creating […]

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PASIC 2013

Greetings Everyone! If you were at my PASIC session, Music for Persons with Special Needs, you can see the session presentation notes and watch all the videos on THIS PAGE. Just enter the code for access and enjoy! You;ll need to ‘join’ this site, which is FREE and only takes a minute. Joining gets you […]

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The Drum Circle – A Musical Approach

More and more people are finding ways to connect with the musical parts of themselves and drumming offers those with limited musical skills an accessible point of entry into group music making. The community drum circle is one place novice and amateur drummers can get together to share, explore, learn, teach, and be in community. […]

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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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Do You Dundun?

Dundun drums provide the heartbeat of some West African drumming, but even though many people have played the “duns,” many people are not familiar with their origins, uses, or even how to spell and pronounce ‘dundun.’ What are dundun? (also dunun) Dundun are bass drums that originate in the music ensembles of the Malinke and […]

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