Thursday, December 3, 2015
Dr. Bob's drum circle articles appear in the current Percussive Arts Society’s Percussive Notes and Rhythm! Scene.
“Drum Circles for University Students” appears in the November 2015 issue of the Percussive Notes. This article includes information about a drum circle class presented as an official university course option as an excellent way to realize the community-building goals of an institutional First-Year Experience (FYE). Many colleges and universities have instituted a FYE program to help students transition from high school to college and, thereby, achieve long-term success at the university. These programs support new students by fostering a feeling of belonging in the university community. There are many ways in which the outcomes of a drum circle class correspond to the goals of the FYE. The drum circle provides an invaluable social experience because the participants depend on each other for the ensemble to succeed. The drum circle celebrates diversity because everyone who participates has something to offer the circle and all are welcome. Recreational drumming is a sharing experience that promotes community interaction and, because the group is united in a common goal, members gain a sense of belonging and acceptance. Drum circle activities ideally promote awareness of self, acknowledgement of peers, self-esteem, listening, communication, teamwork, and the principle of synergy. FYE seminars are generally classes which feature active learning, discussion, and hands-on experiential learning opportunities. Certainly the drum circle is a model of active engagement. In the drum circle, there is no audience; everyone participates actively. Everyone in the circle plays together, creating his or her own rhythms that fit into the music created by the whole group. Given the instrumentation typically included in a drum circle, there is no more literal representation of hands-on experience than playing jembes, congas, tubanos, frame drums, and other membranophones expressly designed to be played with the hands.
“A Drum Circle Enhances A Day of Percussion” appears in the December 2015 issue of the Rhythm! Scene:
Rhythm! Scene is the News Letter of the Percussive Arts Society printed six times per year. The mission of the Percussive Arts Society is to be the global leader in percussion and drumming by providing unparalleled and interactive resources and experiences in percussion education, performance, and research.