Population Served – at-risk adolescents and children
For children ages 5-19
Drumming for Emotions® is an interactive creation in which your children will have an opportunity to learn to express a negative emotion positively and how to play a handdrum.
Why Drumming For Emotions® Works
Young adults are naturally drawn to the hand drum. It allows them to express their emotions in a way that is fun and entertaining, all the while learning to express their creative spirit in an atmosphere of support, encouragement and play.
Once the young adults develop a comfort level with their new found skill, they quickly advance to skill levels that are challenging, and concepts which stretch them, cooperation and team spirit.
Components of the Program
In an environment of humor and playfulness, children are invited to express rhythms through a number of activities, including through vocalized rhythms such as scat, body beat phrasing (clapping, stepping, dancing), and through the use of rhythm instruments, such as boomwhackers (sound tubes), and other rhythm instruments. These activities helps campers gently
experience their own sense of rhythm through the use of their
voice and their body.
Personal Musical Expression
Using a variety of percussion instruments such as Remo Soundshapes, dumbeks, ashikas, and djembes, children are encouraged to freely and creatively express themselves improvisationally through a series of easy to learn step-by-step games.
Each child is next led through a series of percussive exercises with goals of building communication skills, expressing emotions, deepening concentration and reducing stress, among others. In addition, by emphasizing the importance of listening to others while playing, team spirit is built.