You are interested in drum circles, drumming or at least in music. Before you click further and find out more about our workshops, facilitator and instruments, you can get an overview here.
Drum Circle. The name says it all; many people play drums and other rhythm instruments together in a circle. It's about fun, music, joie de vivre and communication. Age, background and education don’t matter; there is no practice and no failure, only spontaneous music-making. In this exciting experience, the group is accompanied by a person called a FACILITATOR. This person helps the group to get to know each other and the instruments, and to make music with increasing independence from instructions.
The circular arrangement is no coincidence here. Firstly, the participants are able to observe all instruments, all sounds and all other players in the best possible way. Secondly, there is no hierarchy. Nobody sits in front.
Drum Circles are a barrier-free experience of music and community, suitable for every target group and every human being.
Drum Circles are where people can meet in small or large groups. There are two things common in all formats: the participants can have extensive previous experience with the instrument or none at all. It does not matter.
And it is fun!
Some of the most common drum circle formats are:
The origin of the drum circle idea. People of all ages and backgrounds can meet here. The sole purpose of these mostly public events is to drum together without a higher goal.
Open community drum circles take place in public spaces, community centers or festivals, for example.
Drum circles at school have a community-building, stress-relieving effect and they generate subconscious learning with fun. In addition to the immense potential in the social-emotional area, the method also conveys cognitive knowledge. Their use in music lessons is obvious, but teachers can use them in the same way to include content from other subjects such as maths, languages or science.
Learning through experience is the basis of how small and very young children get to know their environment. Drum Circles are all about that. Music, feel, movement, togetherness.
Music is successfully and increasingly being used as an element of everyday accompaniment, therapy and participation, especially in the fields of care for elderly and dementia patients. Drum Circles’ tremendous ease of access makes them a wonderful tool for both physical and mental stimulation, to create a sense of joy and fellowship, and to bring back lost memories.
(Music) therapists use the drum circle concept in both group and individual sessions to communicate, to create a sense of security and community, and to create expressive possibilities beyond words.
Also, based on the DC approach, additional methods have been developed that are specifically tailored to therapeutic needs. Find out about Remo Health Rhythms and Rhythm2Recovery.
Togetherness in the team, relaxation before and after exhausting meetings, mapping processes and personalities in leadership training, shifting perspectives in coaching. When playing the instruments, everyone is the same, whether it’s the management, accounting or cleaning staff.
In addition to a great sound, drum circle instruments should have some more essential features:
stable and durable
The instruments are often used by people who have no experience in dealing with them. Therefore, DC instruments should be stable and non-breakable.
No stress when it starts to rain. Perhaps the instruments also need to be carefully cleaned and disinfected, e.g. for use in nursery schools, clinics or hospices. Moisture should not be a problem here.
light and portable
The Drum Circle always requires a lot of instruments. They have to be stored somewhere and usually transported somehow. Low weight tools and the ability to nest them together are the optimal solution.
Diversity is the alpha and omega.
As many different instruments as possible, as many different sounds as possible. This table can serve as a basis for equipment planning:
1/3 high drums
(e.g. Sound Shape, Doumbek, Tambourine)
1/3 medium drums
(e.g. Djembe, Timbau, Conga, Tubano)
1/3 low drums
(e.g. Bahia Bass Drum, Surdo, low Tubano)
(e.g. Bossa Shaker, Caxixi, Maraca, Egg-shaker)
(e.g. Clave, Woodblock, Acousti Blox)
(e.g. Cowbell, Agogobell, Gankogui)
Facilitating a drum circle is completely different to leading an ensemble. At its core, drum circle facilitation is an inner attitude, the will to accompany the group on its way without teaching it. Someone who hosts Drum Circles intends to make themselves superfluous and make the group improvise music on their own without any help.
A Drum Circle Facilitator masters a number of simple techniques and methods as a basis for their craft. Some musical knowledge is an advantage.
In addition, everything revolves around these questions:
WHAT? … do I do? Which means should I use? (Technical aspect)
WHEN? …do I use these techniques? In which order and at what time? (Methodical aspect)
WHY? …do I use the techniques? How will it benefit the participants? (Intentional aspect)
Learning this art is a recurring process of learning and experimenting.
There is now a large pool of specialist literature and a wide-ranging offer of training available.
Further education → practice → supplementary literature → from the beginning
It is always a good idea to attend Drum Circles as a guest. This is the best way to experience what makes up the common improvisation. And you can see a few great tricks by your colleagues :D
If you are interested in DC Facilitator training, please contact us or have a look at [Playshops & Training] . Our events are conducted by GEWA Facilitator and Trainer Ben Flohr, who is a Certified Instructor using the method by Arthur Hull, the founder of this method.
In addition, we operate in a network of training providers, whose quality work we are convinced by and approve of.
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