Archive for Process Presentation

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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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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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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The Art of Facilitation

You’ve probably heard the term “drum circle facilitation” and, if you’ve seen someone facilitate a drum circle, maybe you think of them as standing in the center of the circle giving out various commands, such as to lower the volume, start playing, and stop playing. While there are times when conducting a group of musicians […]

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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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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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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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Program Design Does More

In these economic times, people are having to do more with less, turning ideas into action and streamlining their workflow. Customers want value and we want to provide it. It may not be enough to offer a drum circle and say that people are going to ‘have fun’ or ‘become unified.’ Business customers want to […]

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Music for Children

We all made music as children, sing-song melodies seem to flow freely from our youngest music makers. Just watch a child play and you will likely see a natural tendency to skip, rather than walk, sing words and phrases, and generally ‘play’ through the day. This very musical way of being is an indication that […]

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