Archive for Interactive Drumming

DCM 2018 – Los Angeles

The Developmental Community Music course is back in LA for 2018. We’re excited to introduce the new World Rhythms program, a world drumming-based music program for all types of group, suitable for elementary school through adult. Click here to find out more about the World Rhythms program. Dates:  July 9-13 Location: The Holy Spirit Retreat […]

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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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Music Hero, Jeff Matter

Music Matters mission is to provide people of all ages and abilities the tools to have a life long love of music.

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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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Keeping that Beat Steady

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.

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The Art of Facilitation

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 […]

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Community and Health

Most of us love to participate in community events. They give us a chance to share something we’re passionate about, help us understand each other, celebrate our similarities and differences, and help us feel connected to each other. Community music making has a long tradition in visually all cultures. Throughout history, music has been, and […]

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Meeting Your Client’s Needs

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 […]

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DCM Singapore 2011!

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, […]

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A Quick Guide to Drumming Types

With the rise in popularity and use of group drumming over the past 15-20 years, there are more ways than ever to include these amazing instruments in all types of group experiences. Some of the most popular and publicized include drum circles, traditional drumming, and drumming ensembles of various kinds. The following helps to define […]

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