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The Accidental Drum Circle



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The Accidnetal Drum Circle
A General Music Success Story
By Mark Burrows
40 pages
Grades 2 - 6 (adaptable for younger or older students)  

The author shares how, with little formal drumming training, he put together a drum circle program that reached hundreds of elementary students. This humorous "quick read" addresses everything from how to arrange the instruments and students to the basics of proper drumming to how to start a groove to how to have a drum circle without drums, as well as many topics in between. Five"conversation starter" rhythms are given for the "Getting in the Groove" section.

As Mark writes, the purpose of drum circle is immediate - connect people through a shared musical experience that builds community while celebrating individuality. This resource will help you do just that, immediately and successfully!

Dazed. Confused. Overwhelmed
The Dreaded Disclaimer
The World's Shortest Glossary
The Accidental Drum Circle
The Power of the Drum Circle Experience
Why a Circle?
How to Circle
First, Do No Harm: Some hand-drumming basics
Putting on the Facilitator's Hat
Sometimes They Just Need You to Listen
Active Listening
Getting in the Groove
Mixing It Up: Keeping the groove from becoming a rut
You Don't Have to Play It All: The art of leaving space
Special Concerns
Adding Spice to Your Circle
Drum Circle Without Drums
But What Are They Learning?!
Expanding the Circle


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