Drumming on the Edge of Leadership

Walking and Talking with our Hands - L.E.A.R.N. TO D.R.U.M.

Rhythm and Consciousness

DRUMMING ON THE EDGE OF LEADERSHIP training develops skills which utilize African, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms. Participants will be exposed to a variety of instruments from different cultures and learn the authentic way to play these instruments. Participants will learn to produce basic sounds, play single rhythms, and play polyrhythmic dances. Participants will also explore their own creativity through the milieu of percussion and identify their inherent leadership skills as they spontaneously emerge from the group activities.

Cultural Expression: Developing Consciousness
LEADERSHIP can best be instilled when everyone feels a sense of shared responsibility. This course of training will demonstrate the relationships between drumming, the leadership/followership continuum, neurological integration, and igniting a creative "will to do" in participants.

The process of LEADERSHIP can be conceived as an oscillation or dance between rehearsal and performance (creation and utilization of energy) such as occurs in the performing arts. By giving people creative circumstances in which to learn, LEADERS help optimize the realm of human possibility. People are able to experience themselves in new and different ways that become their reflection upon the world at large.

DRUMMING as a collaborative auditory event, provides people with an experience in which listening, cooperation, self-expression, and spontaneity co-mingle to produce an experience which is vastly greater than the individuals who are involved in the creative act. This occurs through entrainment.

DRUMMING, reframed as rhythmically formatted auditory input, creates a sympathetic reciprocity (entrainment) with certain areas of the brainstem by virtue of the natural pulsative functions of these areas automatically.

DRUMMING, when applied as a generative form of learning, has the potential to move people from the fear of self-expression to a more creative state where they can self-actualize and serve more effectively in a leadership capacity.

The benefits described herein can be seen in two ways. First are the individual benefits gained from the experience. Second, and perhaps more important developmentally, are the group/social benefits.

  • There is improvement of fine and gross motor coordination.
  • There is an increase in attention span.
  • Body awareness develops.
  • A concept of self (self-consciousness) develops.
  • Drumming class becomes the social arena.
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication is improved.
  • Learning, sensory perception and sensorimotor integration is enhanced.
  • Anxiety is reduced.
  • Relationships are built.
  • Social and emotional learning takes place.
  • One learns to be both a group leader and group member.
  • Music is a transceiver for non-musical information such as sequencing, world facts, math and language concepts, and self-help skills.