The Sound of Freedom
A Drum Circle is a gathering of people who come together to play hand drums and other percussion instruments. Participants sit in a circular arrangement, and each person has their own drum or percussion instrument. The group creates rhythmic patterns and music by playing their instruments collectively.
Drum circles can be informal and spontaneous, where participants may join in without prior rehearsal or musical experience. Alternatively, they can be more structured and guided by a facilitator who helps coordinate the rhythm and flow of the music.
These gatherings are not limited to professional musicians; they often attract people of all ages and skill levels. Drum circles are known for promoting a sense of community, fostering communication and cooperation, and providing a creative and expressive outlet. They are also used in therapeutic settings as a form of music therapy, promoting relaxation, stress relief, and emotional expression. Drum circles can serve as a backbone for any community.
"Beat the Drum and Drum the Beat"
Students will learn about the use of drums in different cultures around the world, learn rhythms that are peculiar to different cultures, practice the art of "call & response," create rhythmic patterns and improvise on a given beat.
Drumming is inclusive and can be adapted to accommodate people of all ages and abilities. It doesn't require musical expertise, making it accessible to a wide range of individuals.
Drum Circles are a powerful medium in bringing people together from diverse backgrounds. Engaging in a rhythmic activity as part of a group can promote social interaction, communication, and a sense of community.
Drumming allows individuals to express themselves emotionally through rhythm and sound. It can be a powerful outlet for releasing emotions, reducing tension, and fostering a sense of well-being.