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Drum-related Books

The Art and Heart of Drum Circles

The Art and Heart  of Drum Circles
The Art and Heart of Drum Circles

by Christine Stevens

Book and CD. In this quintessential guide to both creating and facilitating drum circles with frame drums, noted music therapist and drum circle facilitator Christine Stevens covers everything from key grooves and instrumentation, to the personal side of empowering people and creating transformational experiences through recreational drumming. Filled with practical tools, guidelines, principles, helpful hints, exercises, and even a play-along CD, Stevens' book weaves into one resource the many key elements of what My Generation/AARP Magazine refers to as one of the country's "fastest growing holistic health trends."

What you'll learn: The science of entrainment, the drum circle duality, how to advertise and setup your drum circle, recommended drums and percussion instruments, eight basic facilitation cues, seven essential skills of facilitation, making arrangements in-the-moment, facilitation using a melody instrument, creating sound-scapes with new drummers, how to cover the basics of hand drumming, starting and maintaining the groove, designing your program, facilitating from a place of musical joy, and creating metaphors and meaning. The Cd features over 45 minutes of play-along grooves to jump-start your drum circle as well as a practice tool to develop your personal percussion repertoire.

"Christine Stevens brings together the energy of her drum circle leadership and the healing power of her background in wellness to give us a very helpful book for drum circle leaders, teachers, recreation specialists, religious group leaders, health professionals, business people and amateur drummers." -Dr. Will Schmid, MENC Past President and author, World Music Drumming

"This book is a must for anyone involved in or interested in the drum circle movement - from veterans to wanna-be facilitators." -Karl Bruhn, Father of the Music Making and Wellness Movement