THERAPEUTIC  DRUMMING CIRCLES                                                                                                                                    
This is a program that uses drums and rhythm instruments to engage individual participants in a physical activity that supports them to create a cohesive group.

Over a short period of time, participants become 'synchronized' together to one beat, locking into one collective group 'heart beat '

Participants experience a natural  'team building' activity as they discover their unique individual contribution to the group
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*** WATCH A LIVE THERAPEUTIC DRUMMING CIRCLE ENERGIZING THE ROOM AT THE NOVEMBER 2016 ReTHINK DEMENTIA CONFERENCE***  Hosted by the Alzheimer's Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County. 

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Here's what people are saying about our Therapeutic Drumming Circles:
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"I just wanted to let you know that the drumming circle was a HUGE hit!  Everybody got into it right away. The most AMAZING part was watching (name withheld). Chris and I definitely saw a progression of the disease over the past few months resulting in increasing difficulty following directions. However, today at the drumming circle, we gave him some of the big shakers and he got so into it that he stood up and started dancing around the circle. It was truly heartwarming to see him be so lively!" 

Nigel did such an INCREDIBLE job! I definitely think drumming circles need to be incorporated in the fall!

- Miriam -


"I have seen the marked change, within those participants with dementia, each time Nigel has introduced percussion instruments into our 'Mind & Song' sessions.
The regular 4/4 beat of the drum seems to ground us, to it is added any other form of percussion instrument to which we spontaneously respond with body movements, dancing, singing, clapping, and laughter. Everyone has a free-flowing, enjoyable time.
Nigel is the catalyst that makes it all work - Thanks for the experience 😊" 

- Harlene Walker -

"Nigel’s experiment with drumming at Minds in Song this past weekend was very well received; Deborah was fully engaged and enjoying herself.  Is there any prospect that it could be expanded (weekends or evenings please)?"
- Joe - 

"There was a great atmosphere when I came in late to MIS on Saturday—some dancing, some singing and some drumming. The whole room seemed to be vibrating."
- Rose Ann - 

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BENEFITS:
This activity allows individuals to reconnect with their own innate drumming ability by tapping into their internal, spontaneous rhythms
Learning how to synchronize to a collective beat, drumming  together as a group to a recorded piece of music
An increase in endorphin activity in the body and a better circulation of chi or energy, resulting in stress relief, a fun experience and leading to a more positive mood
Individual self confidence  increases as participants see how they can be individually creative and also be a contribution to the group effort  
 

REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE:

Appropriate for anyone with the use of one or both hands  
No previous drumming experience or understanding of music is needed
Suitable for all age ranges and cultures

 
PROGRAM DETAILS:
The  drumming circles are geared to from 8 to 50  participants 
'Musical Wellness' supplies all the drums and hand instruments necessary for your participants - percussion instruments are 'rotated' so each participant gets a chance to try a variety
The programs  usually run from one hour to 90 minutes


FOLLOWING THIS WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO:
Play a variety of hand instruments spontaneously and 'keep the beat' to recorded music
Understand the basic introductory time signatures used in music like 4/4 and 3/4
Be familiar with the 'jargon' used in drumming instruction like rumbles, counting- in dynamics, sculpting sound, call and response, beat improv, tempo warping, soloing and countdowns
Know their individual 'gifts' to the group and understand more clearly how they fit in and what their music contribution can be
Recognize how the energy changes over the course of the session both within themselves, and  within the group

  
DRUM  INVENTORY:
Percussive instruments used include: djembes, nesting drum sets, bass drums, floor tom-toms, maracas, shakers, cow bells, tone tubes, African drums and Mexican guiros

FACILITATOR  Nigel E. Harris 

* Musical Director of 'Minds In Song' singers for home-based seniors with early stage Alzheimers
  (program of the Alzheimers Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County)
* Drummer in rock and blues bands late 60's and early 70's in England
* Instructor in guitar and ukulele at the Blues School of Music and Art
* BA (music concentration) University of Ottawa, 2006



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