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!)

Conducting during a DCM course

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
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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.
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Enjoying the Ukulele and the day

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.

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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.