What is a Drum Circle?

Great Question!

Simply put a drum circle or rhythm circle is a group of people from a few to many sitting with chairs arranged in a circle experiencing the spontaneous creation of music on a variety of drums and percussion instruments.

Why A Circle?

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Because It's FUN

Drum circles are a popular form of music therapy.

In such a situation, each person is able to express themselves through their individual instrument while simultaneously participating as part of a larger whole. Such groups can range from just a few people to literally thousands of individuals.

Drum circles have no beginning or end, no top or bottom. Such a construction places every participant on equal footing, another important component in a therapeutic situation. Drum circles may be facilitated, meaning that they are, to some degree, guided by a facilitator who encourages the participants.

Although many might assume that drum therapy is a fairly recent advent, this is not necessarily the case.

Some proponents advocate that drum therapy is an ancient technique and evidence of its history may be found in both Asia and Africa, where some of the world’s oldest civilizations reside.

While it may be true that drum therapy has been around for thousands of years, it is also true that in the 20th and 21st centuries, science has been used in an attempt to verify the therapeutic effects of drum therapy and its rhythm techniques.

Much to the delight of drummers everywhere, some studies indeed show that drumming accelerates physical healing, boosts the immune system, produces feelings of well being and even has a calming effect on people suffering from Autism, Alzheimer’s and various traumatic experiences.

A drum circle is a fun, exciting and powerful way to bring individuals together through music.

A facilitated drum circle promotes a safe, stress free and entertaining environment to empower participants.

A Drumatic drum circle will enhance your experience through visual, auditory and kinesthetic ways of learning.

As the participants relax, enjoy and explore the music, their natural creativity and curiosity emerges and the rhythms grow and change.

So what does a drum circle sound like?

Drum Circle Music
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Drumming increases concentration and focus, helps develop communication skills and encourages people to listen and communicate effectively with each other. It is a great way for people to explore their creativity, which leads to greater respect and understanding of themselves and others.

  • Drumming has been a human activity in most cultures throughout the world since the beginning of time. It has been an integral part of tribal culture on all continents from the Native Americans, to the Africans, to the Australian Aborigines, to Asiatic peoples.
  • Drums provide the basic rhythm to most of the music created and listened to in the world. In the last decade or so, drum circles have become increasingly popular in schools and colleges around the world.
  • A drum circle is a fun, exciting and powerful way to bring community together through rhythm.
  • Drumming is a remarkable tool used to place oneself in the here and now, and this can be enormously beneficial for a great number of people.
  • Drum circles cut through cultural and social boundaries and allow people to express themselves in a positive and above all, safe environment.
  • Drumming increases concentration and focus, helps develop communication skills and encourages people to listen and communicate effectively with each other. It is a great way for adults to explore their creativity, which leads to greater respect and understanding of themselves and others.
  • There is increasing awareness in schools of the social and emotional development of children.
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The quality of the music created in a drum circle has little to do with the ability or musical experience of the participants but relies more on the quality of the emerging relationships that making music together naturally develops.

According to Mickey Hart

“The Drum Circle is a huge jam session. The ultimate goal is not precise rhythmic articulation or perfection of patterned structure, but the ability to entrain and reach the state of a group mind. It is built on cooperation in the groove, but with little reference to any classic styles. So this is a work in constant progress, a phenomenon of the new rhythm culture emerging here in the West.”

Drums, especially those played with the bare hand, are often used in music therapy for two reasons. One, they are exceptionally tactile in nature and two, they are easy to use. This combination makes them ideal for therapeutic situations. The act of drumming is believed to help people express and address emotional issues that may be otherwise difficult to face. It allows the drummer to create an external and almost physical manifestation of whatever frustration they may feel inside.

Uniting in Thought and Action

The Power Of The Circle

By Scott Blum

There are many reasons for why a gathering of people in a circle is powerful. A circle is a shape that is  found repeatedly throughout the natural world, and it is a symbol of perfection. We recreate this perfect shape when we join others to form a circle. Being in a circle allows us experience each other as equals. Each person is the same distance apart from the next participant, and no one is seated higher than or stands apart from others in a circle. From tribal circles to the mythical round table of King Arthur, the circle has been the shape adopted by gatherings throughout history.

The circle is acknowledged as an archetype of wholeness and integration, with the center of a circle universally understood to symbolize Spirit – the Source. When a group of people come together in a circle, they are united. This unity becomes even more powerful when each person reaches out to touch a neighbor and clasps hands. This physical connection unites thought and action, mind and body, and spirit and form in a circle. Because a circle has no beginning and no end, the agreement to connect in a circle allows energy to circulate from one person to the next, rather than being dissipated into the environment.

Like a candle used to light another candle, the connection with spirit that results when one person joins hands with another is greater than if each person were to stand alone. People who take part in a circle find that their power increases exponentially while with the group. Like a drop of water rippling on the surface of a pond, the waves of energy produced in a circle radiate outward in circular motion. While one person may act like a single beacon that emanates light, a circle of people is like a satellite dish that sends out energy. There is power in numbers, and when the commitment is made by many to face one another, clasp hands, and focus on one intention, their circle emanates ripples of energy that can change the world.

In the words of Arthur Hull

The Community Drum Circle is a fun entry-level learning experience that is accessible to anyone who wants to participate. Drum Circle participants express themselves collectively by using a chorus of tuned drums, percussion, and vocals to create a musical song together while having a great time.

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