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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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The Ukulele Course – Part 1

Welcome to the Ukulele Course – A DCM Exclusive. Below you will find lessons 1-4 out of 7. Watch each one, then spend some time practicing before moving on. These are meant to be taken over several days or even weeks. Take your time! Develop your skills and enjoy learning at your own pace. When […]

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Eight Homemade Instruments

Enjoy homemade musical instruments from every-day materials. Help your participants construct and decorate their own instruments as art projects, then come together in a community music jam. Celebrate unity and diversity at the same time and have fun creating some unique sounds. See the end of this article for experiential ideas. Post-Card Shaker Materials: Two […]

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Rhythm Walking for Life

People all around the world take morning walks as a means to staying fit and starting the day with energy and motion. Walking is said to be one of the best forms of exercise there is. It’s low-impact, requires almost no equipment, is accessible to almost everyone, gets us out of our homes and out […]

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Benefits of Mirthful Laughter

the current research found that the same anticipation of laughter also reduced the levels of three stress hormones. Cortisol (termed “the stress hormone”), epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) and dopac, a dopamine catabolite (brain chemical which helps produce epinephrine), were reduced 39, 70 and 38 percent, respectively

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