To nurture a community through FACILITATED DRUM CIRCLE was birthed forth by the necessity of putting people together through music, regardless of their age, their religion and social class.
The objectives of this project are:
- To give a strong impulse to the creativity of the individual to oppose and eventually neutralize isolation, violence, physical-bullying and cyber-bullying, in order to live an experience of training and sharing.
- To help people with difficulties in relations, it provides an alternative to antisocial behavioral persons to be more tolerant and open, learn more effectively, be able to set a goal and achieve it, be able to team up also it improve one’s ability to solve problems, listen and express themselves.
How Facilitated Drum Circle was birthed:
Arthur Hull, pioneer of the use of rhythm to build and nurture the community, formulated a system of sharing and connection now known and appreciated also in the field of music therapy known as Drum Circle Facilitation, it’s basically a circle of drums where people connect and communicate through the rhythm, they laugh, they listen, they interact, they express their potential by playing, singing, empathizing with the group members, connecting first of all with themselves.
The rhythm of the percussion is driven by the human need to reconnect to the ancestral beat of life,
it’s innate in man, and is the most ancient instrument used to communicate and relate.
Numerous scholars, scientists, musicians and the world’s largest drum producer, “Remo”, have conducted studies on the psycho-physical well-being achieved by playing drums and percussion “in a circle”, and many of them have used this practice to improve the quality of life of the communities in which they live.
Effects of Facilitated Drum Circle:
Scientific research states that given its ability to produce melodic and harmonic rhythms, the facilitated Drum Circle can be considered a form of alternative medicine.
Participants in a facilitated Circle of Percussion experience an increase of:
Harmony – Self-Esteem – Musicality and Rhythmic – Wellness – Relaxation – Mental Clarity – Socialization – Problem Solving Skills – Friendship – Fun – Interlinking.
How it’s conducted
The facilitator leads the individual to work through vocal and musical activities to liberate emotions and create a rhythmic-sonorous dialogue, a non-verbal language; in fact, the Drum Circle is recognized as a fundamental mode of communication, which becomes an indispensable tool to guarantee the evolution in relationship socialization.
The facilitator offers a simple and intuitive approach to percussion, and through games and sequences feeds the opening among the participants taking advantage of the ability of drums and percussion to stimulate communication skills and creative exchange. Drum Circle is therefore an effective experiential learning platform in all dynamics of groups in which the need for empathy, mutual esteem and motivation are essential aspects.
What does it nurture:
- Practical experiences of teamwork, sharing and inclusion of others.
- Development of small and expanded coordination skills.
- Emotional and cognitive connection to music.
- Intuitive understanding of tones and musical patterns.
- Ability to listen, cooperation and self-confidence.
- Coordination between eyes and hands.
- Expression of oneself.
- Self esteem.
- Critical thinking.
- Creative problem solving.
- An alternative to antisocial behavior and away from the need for drugs.
- Ability to be more tolerant and open.
- More effective learning as an experiential activity.
- Helps to solidify and motivate the intent of a group that has a common goal.
Keeping the tempo and learning to play on “beat” develops listening skills, teaches cooperation and reveals how one’s uniqueness is a valuable component within the synergy of a group.
Each voice is unique and special, just as every person is; a rhythmic circle provides a fun and reassuring place in which to experience the quality of separation in harmony with an enlarged community rather than alienation.
Playing percussion also develops the ability to focus.
Following the rhythm and keeping time, individuals stimulate their brain and develop skills that without grouping would probably not be revealed in them except through individual and targeted programs.
Playing puts the parts of the brain into motion in both hemispheres.
When playing, following the music of the group, they use both areas of the brain to verify that the tone they produce matches the sound they hear and in sync with all the other sounds.
Playing in a circle helps the development of communication skills and encourages individuals both to talk to each other and to listen to each other, this develops respect and understanding of themselves and others.
Benefits of Drum Circle.
Music is a natural and magnificent part of an individual’s life, beating drums is a great form of stress release, contributes to the expression of feelings and raises mood and self-esteem.
Playing percussion produces physical exercise and takes us away from the laziness of cybernetic life.
Current models of digital “sharing” such as social networks isolate people from communities, leading them to no longer be in real-time communication. Drum Circle, on the other hand, produces the opposite effect because, through a reshaping of one’s own relational abilities, it stimulates individuals to really get involved in the group.
There are numerous information and publications about the innate musicality of man and the powerful healing effect that music has in lives.
Some benefits of using drums, documented by medicine in studies conducted on the use of the HealthRhythms protocol developed by REMO US.
Blood samples from participants in a one-hour drum session revealed an inversion of the stress hormone response, and an increase in the activity of natural killer cells.
(Bittman, Berk, Felten, Westengard, Simonton, Pappas, Ninehouser, 2001, Alternative Therapies, Volume 7, # 1).
Stanford University’s medical school conducted a study with 30 depressed people, aged over eighty, and noted that participants in a weekly music therapy group session were less stressed and with a higher self-esteem .
(Friedman, Healing Power of the Drum, 1994).
Subjects who participated in clinical trials during the use of the HealthRhythms protocol showed an increase in the activity of natural killer cells and a strengthening of the immune system. While this would not indicate a cure for cancer, these results could be beneficial for those facing this disease.
(Bittman, Berk, Felten, Westengard, Simonton, Pappas, Ninehouser, 2001, Alternative Therapies, Volume 7, No. 1).
Research indicates that playing percussion improves recovery through induction to relaxation and
increased production of synchronization of the brain’s hemispheres and the creation of theta waves. Playing percussion produces pleasant experiences, increased awareness of unconscious dynamics, release of emotional traumas, and self-reintegration.
Playing in the circle of percussion lightens the excess of self-consciousness, isolation and alienation, creating a sense of connection with oneself and others.
Playing percussion also allows you to reveal spiritual perspectives to the life of the individual.
The Drum Circles apply as a complementary therapy to drug addiction.
(HealthRhythms – REMO USA).
Improvisational music increases social motivation and diminishes autistic mannerisms, stereotyped and repetitive movements. It also improves emotional regulation which is a prerequisite for the development of social interaction skills thanks to the affective harmony that rises between the individual and the facilitator.
(Journal of the American Medical Association – Filippo Muratori – Irccs Stella Maris Foundation of Pisa).
A circle of facilitated percussion is the set of games, movements, emission of sounds, syllables and words. Facilitating the exploration of rhythm through these tools makes the individual suffering from down syndrome, in particular, more aware of himself, of his own body, of his coordination skills, of his expressiveness; improves its ability to communicate; improves its coordination and the ability to move in space following a rhythmic impulse; favors the acquisition of the sense of succession, sequential, order and compliance with the rules.
(World Federation of Music Therapy 1996).
The Drum Circle is an instrument of music therapy that aims to develop the potential and/or residual functions of the individual in such a way that they can better achieve intra and interpersonal integration and consequently improve the quality of life thanks to a preventive process. rehabilitative and therapeutic.
How to carry out the project
VMC-enabled Facilitator – USA: Santo and Claudia Vitale
Tools: Supplied by the Cultural Association “La bottega delle percussioni”.
Place: Classroom in your office or at the Cultural Association “La bottega delle percussioni”
Recipients: Group of at least 25 people, teachers are invited to take part in the circle
Duration: 1 hour
Artistic – Musical Project: “Let’s save the earth with the rhythm”
We are all aware of what is happening in the world with waste, man has been able to create the “Sixth Continent”, a plastic land in the Pacific Ocean.
The glaciers are melting, the risks to the environment, animals and man are now big, the earth seeks our help and intervention, we play for her!
We will provide all the people with a guide to waste disposal in Italian and English and we will pay attention to some objects that will be processed and transformed into musical instruments.
The aim of the project is to educate the individual to separate waste collection and to put his creative, artistic and musical skills into practice.
Recipients: group of maximum 25 people.
Duration: 10 hours to be organized according to the needs of the group.
It is necessary during the subscription phase to have the email address of the group leader to be able to send the guide for waste disposal and activate the collection.
The workshop takes place in 3 phases.
Phase I: Project presentation and Drum Circle activities.
No. 1 meetings, for a duration of 2 hours.
Teamwork, trust and rapprochement will be carried out using the Drum Circle technique, reflections and illustration of the waste disposal guide and research into the materials that will be used for the construction of the instruments.
Stage II: Construction of musical instruments
2 meetings, for a total of 6 hours (on the same day or to be subdivided)
The participants, divided into working groups and coordinated, will build some musical instruments inspired by cultures of non-European countries such as Africa, South America, Trinidad, using poor or recovery materials. They will have thus had the opportunity to reflect, putting them into practice in the construction, on some basic principles of acoustic physics thanks to which it is possible to produce separate sounds for each other.
Stamp, height, duration. They will build instruments such as shakers and maracas of various types, ocean drums, “tubes”, using wood, PVC pipes, pots, pans, bottle caps, plastic containers and bottles, etc.
Stage III: Music literacy workshop and Creation of a piece.
No. 1 meetings, for a total of 2 hours.
In this phase, the participants gathered in a group in a large orchestra arrangement and directed by the facilitator will be ready to create their first piece of music using the instruments they have created.
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