What is included in DCM Training?

DCM includes a wide range of skills, from musical to interpersonal. We like to think of DCM in terms of four main areas: 1) Music,  2) Movement, 3) Process Presentation, and 4) Program Design.

Musical Skills include everything from techniques, such as playing and demonstrating drums and percussion instruments, providing a steady beat for a group, and knowing how to create and use various rhythms, to more interpersonal techniques, such as supporting other people in the group through the music. Musical skills also include knowing about dynamics, tempo, phrasing, timbre, accents, and form.

Movement Skills include things such as being able to lead basic movement games and activities that might involve moving to recorded or improvised music, creating shapes and patterns, mirroring  and shadowing others, guiding and being guided through space by using only sound, etc.

Process Presentation Skills refer to HOW you present activities and experiences. Area of focus include presenting in a progressive and logical sequence, maintaining appropriate eye contact, affect, gesture and body language throughout a session, and using appropriate language and processing questions, etc.

Program Design Skills show your ability to create population-specific session outlines that meet the needs of your clients. This includes making choices about the kinds of activities and experiences you choose to include in a session, as well as the level of challenge. DCM students are coached in creating effective programs to meet the needs of a variety of specific populations, from children to elderly, and from team building to special needs.

All skill areas are covered at the DCM course.

How can I use DCM training?

DCM Training will help you to design and present group music and movement experiences for a wide range of populations. Depending on your past training, experience, profession, and other qualifications, you can use DCM in education, therapy, wellness, recreation, training, spirituality, and other fields.

DCM combines features from Music Education, Orff-Schulwerk, Music Therapy, Improvisation, Group Drumming, Facilitation, and Spirituality. It will help you create your own programs that meet the needs of your clients.

Some applications of the DCM approach include:

  • Group Drumming for Stress Reduction
  • Group Music for Spirituality
  • Interactive Drumming within Team Building
  • Group Drumming within Music Education
  • Group Movement for Physical Fitness
  • Community Music for Recreation
  • Clinical Improvisation within Music Therapy

The applications are virtually endless.

Can I use DCM for Health-Based programs or do I need special training and certification in that area?

Because there are no regulations or requirements for those who wish to offer health-based group drumming and music experiences, DCM can provide all the training you need to design and present health-based experiences for group of all types. Research and studies that have to do with group drumming support DCM programs and goals.

Does DCM use a formula and protocol, like Health Rhythms or Beat The Odds programs?

DCM is based on the core principles of Inclusion, Cooperation, and Appreciation, not a one-size-fits-all program. DCM provides all the tools you need to design and present many types of programs for different populations and outcomes, including health, team working, stress reduction, and much more. Ultimately, it is universal and completely flexible, which means you have many ways to meet your client's needs.

Why are there no "levels" or "certification?"

DCM involves much more than a set curriculum of skills and tasks to be completed. People who attend the DCM course come for different reasons. Some come to learn skills, some come to refresh their skills, others use it as a way to revive their 'musical spirit.' The DCM Approach is not something to "complete." It's something to spark your interest, give you new ideas, and enjoy in the company of friends.

Are there any courses offered outside of the US?

Because DCM is grass-roots (not owned and promoted by a corporation) our training schedule changes from year-to-year as our friends outside of the US are able to host DCM courses. As more group music providers seek additional training, we expect to see more courses emerge outside of the US. We get a lot of requests for DCM courses in Canada, Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, and beyond. If you, or anyone you work with, hosts workshops, let us know and we will be happy to work with you to bring DCM to your community.