Drumming Workshops –

The power of drumming is a healing tool and a means of self-expression. Group drumming is a great way to let go of life’s stresses and breaks the ice, encouraging individuals to come together to make music, building a sense of unity. It calms the mind, promotes well-being, leaves people feeling relaxed and helps us connect with others through a shared experience of harmony.

Team-building through music is a fun and energising way to break down barriers and build relationships. For a group of people to make music successfully, they need to listen and communicate with each other and work cooperatively. When a group can make music, it shows that each member is listening, responding and participating effectively.

Participating in rhythmical expression as a group can be used for fun and fitness, a sense of community, an introduction to rhythm and percussion technique, for musical expression, stress-reduction and wellness, and to enhance cognitive and linguistic processes as drumming is a physical activity which uses the left and right brain, emotions, listening, looking, and that sixth sense of ‘instinctive feeling’.

“Rhythm”, as Gabriel Roth says, “is the mother tongue.” Rhythm is a universal language known to every one, even the youngest child, if we can just “remember.” So in a very objective, yet beautiful way, an interactive rhythm event (Drum circle) puts us all on an equal footing with each other and brings us closer together.

A community drum circle or workshop is created, “in the moment” by all the people who participate. Co-operation and collaboration is the basic glue. When we drum together, sharing our spirit in the form of rhythm, it changes our relationships. As we play together, we give of ourselves and give out a rhythmical massage and an emotional release. The experience is unique to each person in the circle. When the circle works as a team, everyone benefits, because we all hit THE GROOVE where the energy flows, time stops and we all evaporate….that bliss only occurs when the circle works as a team. Those principles carry over into everyday life.

As the facilitator, I serve this process by guiding the participants to their highest musical potential. (Facilitate means ‘to make easy’.) Creating an exiting rhythmic journey that carries a healthy message of inspiration, motivation and positive thinking. I offer well structured, entertaining, fun, exciting and educational workshops for all levels and ages. These dynamic and engaging programs use listening and drumming games, and simple rhythms for easy attainable achievements to help build confidence and a sense of belonging/harmony with others in the group. Participants experience a new awareness of the present moment, connect with others, develop coordination and listening skills and learn about harmony and team work.

Sister Liberty has facilitated Drum circles for Cairns Home School Community, School Holiday programs and AASC for Outside School Hours Centres in Cairns, the Childrens’ Festival at Wallaby Creek Festival, International Adopted Children’s and Parents gathering, Harmony Day at Machans Beach State School; Facilitated rehearsals and performance for Cairns Dreaming Festival; Facilitated drum workshops at St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School and school holiday programs in Cape York and Woorabinda Indigenous Communities with Drum Up Big; Founded and lead the Trinity Bay State High School African Drumming Group, teaching at school and accompanying the group to community performances. Currently facilitating beginner and advanced drumming groups at Arc Disability Services. Cairns

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Drum Beat Music Therapy Program –

Discovering Relationships Using Music: Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes and Thoughts. (Music Therapy Program developed to reach those people for whom talk based therapies are confronting.) The DRUMBEAT Program consists of 1 hour sessions each week and runs for 10 weeks. This time enables participants to experience commitment, build trust within the group, explore deeper issues, build on drumming skills and repertoire of rhythms, and prepare for, then produce, the performance finale.

I completed the Drum Beat Facilitator Training in 2010, and since then have facilitated Drum Beat programs at Nintirinyangi Cultural Training Centre with Cairns Indigenous Youth Empowerment Program, also at Smithfield and Trinity Bay State High School, with students in Foster Care, Special Needs Units and with those who have social or self-esteem issues or challenging behaviour. I’ve co-facilitated the Drum Beat program with Irene Colefax of The Flexible Learning Centre at Edge Hill and White Rock State School.

I thoroughly enjoy working with children and with rhythm, as it is a uniting and engaging medium, which operates on many levels. As a Drum Beat facilitator I am constantly rewarded and inspired by the way in which participants grow as individuals, their drumming skills, their confidence and the way they come to trust and feel safe to openly communicate, try new things and help each other, while working in a group situation. I especially love how they enjoy the ‘harmony’ created when our drumming becomes one. And of course, witnessing their courage to over come the fears and nerves before a final performance and the pride on their faces after performances.”

Drum Beat was created by Simon Faulkner at http://www.holyoake.org.au/content