Interactive drumming sessions can be either a fun filled musical experience, full of percussive teachings and games, or a team building experience where we apply mindfulness teachings into making music - developing and improving skills such as awareness, listening, communication and collaboration. All this while experiencing the equilibrium of the collective beats with its motivating and inspiring power!
What happens during our sessions?
Each participant receives a traditional Djembe drum and is lead by one of our skilled facilitators in learning the first building blocks of making music as a group. There will be interactive games and easy to play rhythms, which lead the group through the intricacies of making music together. Each session is about 60 minutes long and we can accommodate 10 to 300 delegates at a time.
The effects of drumming are well-researched and are prized for their beneficial impact on group dynamics. Drumming has many physiological and psychological health benefits…
The action of beating a drum in time with one another helps create harmony in a group, by creating rhythmic coherence. This experience of harmony in rhythm helps individuals feel the collective connection, which in turn supports them further into settling and grounding as a team or group. Over time participants forget their worries, and find themselves quite naturally present, relaxed and mentally refreshed.
Group cohesion through the creative group process
Once we have guided the group in the basics of playing a drum, we allow them time to co-create their music as a whole, and to explore the dynamics of playing a drum and other percussion instruments, as well as dancing, helping to form a bond through our playful nature.
While drumming the brain releases a cocktail of chemicals known as feel good chemicals –these are brought about through the excited fresh breathing patterns and balanced arm movements during playing.
Improved listening & attention
Awareness development is key to shifting any blockage from our normal behaviour. In playing musical instruments, we show how our attitudes are formed - the quality of the sounds produced in the manner in which they are played, hints towards default behavioural patterns. The drums purely primal sounds can either be played consciously or unconsciously. Paying attention to the sounds produced, and to the musical patterns shared amongst the group, allow for a more natural inclusive state to take hold, creating a more attentive attitude.