Music is something that lives within each of us. It moves us physically, emotionally and spiritually. The drum enables us to make a loud noise with our hands, instantly and easily, without “learning” how to do it.
This release of emotion is also a feeder of emotion, as the drum places us in the here and now, the present moment and we entrain to the beat. In drum circles we have the opportunity to allow this raw expression to be and to facilitate this “NOISE” into a structured, educational, fun shared group experience.
Everyone gets to take part regardless of ability, being in the circle is inclusion in itself.
We can teach without teaching the aspects or elements of music and rhythm that make it fun, enjoyable and healthy for groups to participate in.We must be careful not to inhibit the expression of anyone through the drum, but rather, take that expression and use it as a platform or springboard to develop an awareness within that client of the different aspects that can help the person participate in a team, a group, a band, a family..life!
The drum is simply a tool for developing life skills and allowing self-expression. If we facilitate this raw energy into a shared group experience using musical dynamics we can create music. As we facilitate the elements of music, so too can we facilitate the emotional experience of the person.
For example, if a person is persistently beating a fast, loud beat on the drum, and we teach them, in a fun way, that the drum can be played softly, we are not only teaching them that this is possible, but we are directly calming his inner state of emotion, allowing him to participate in a group and empowering him to use the drum as a tool for creativity, for unity, adding his voice to the “drum orchestra” so that next time he comes to the drum he is empowered and aware that he can influence his own emotional state.