What will learn at a DCM course?
DCM students learn how to create different types of experiences, including:
- group drumming (drum circles, guided interactive drumming, drum-a-long)
- rhythm games (drum play, body percussion)
- harmonies and melodies (ukulele, flute, & other tuned instruments)
- singing, toning and chanting (both improvised and traditional)
- movement and dance (improvised and traditional)
- laughter exercises and experiences (humor, laughter, fun!)
Who comes to a DCM course?
Most people who attend DCM courses are in music-based fields already, but some are looking for accessible ways to enter into music-based fields, such as recreational music making for wellness. DCM students come from a variety of professions and with diverse interests that include:
- music education
- music therapy
- therapeutic music making
- recreational music making
- corporate training and development
- counseling and personal development
- music in and as a spiritual practice
What skills are required to take a DCM course?
DCM welcomes entry-level students; however, it helps to have a basic foundation in music and movement. Reading notation and knowing music theory is not required, but a sense and love of music helps a great deal. A few qualities that will help potential DCM leaders include:
- being comfortable playing music with and for others.
- being comfortable when addressing a group.
- enjoying community settings and connecting with people.
- being willing to help people when needed.
- being comfortable with improvisation.
- being open-minded and accepting of all types of people.
- having a deep desire to help others.
What does a DCM Leader do?
A DCM leader uses music-based experiences as a platform for reaching developmental goals.
DCM leaders are skilled in several areas including:
- providing a musical foundation for group experiences such as drumming, playing the ukulele and singing.
- designing sessions to meet developmental goals and objectives in a variety of areas (physical, cognitive, social, etc.)
- helping participants find ways to contribute to the experience, regardless of musical knowledge or training.
- using a variety of modalities (music, movement, singing, laughter, etc.) to meet the group’s goals.
- designing a variety of session plans to meet various goal areas including; recreation, wellness, education, and spirituality.
What kinds of services will DCM help me provide?
Depending on your existing skills and qualifications, DCM will allow you to:
- design and lead recreational experiences.
- design and lead educational experiences.
- design and lead health and wellness experiences.
- design and lead therapeutic experiences.
- design and lead corporate learning experiences.
By investing in yourself, you may find it easier to be of service to others. You may also experience unexpected increases in self-confidence, a lack of anxiety when working with groups, unexpected bursts of joy, and a sudden increase in your ability to facilitate original and authentic experiences for groups of all kinds.