beat it! - music team building
been used for ages to celebrate, motivate, sooth, heal and team
bonding, änergy beat it! is
a collaborative team building activity that is designed to let
our participants have fun and enjoy while learning some simple
truths on team work through group percussion.
are given some background information on music, and introduced
to the different items that are used to make our "home cooked
will then be trained on producing different tunes of increasing
difficulty. other than playing the "instruments", they
will also be required to perform the short musical piece.
session, participants will usually be able to learn about 2 to
3 tunes. the performaces of the team will be video recorded and
delievered to you about 2 weeks from the event date, the participants
will usually gather round to look at the video again and this
brings back fond memories.
a short write up on group percussion for your reading pleasure:
on group percussion
a) Drum Circle
A drum circle is any group of people playing (usually) hand-drums
and percussion in a circle. They can range in size from a handful
of players to circles with thousands of participants.
They are distinct from a drumming
group or troupe in that the drum circle is an end in itself rather
than preparation for a performance.
b) Popularity of group percussion
Drumming is an ancient musical tradition that many cultures around
the world use to energize, build unity, focus attention, relax
and heighten creativity.
No matter what our age and ability,
whenever we hear drumming, we all begin to move to those universal
rhythms inside us
The following cultures have their own form of drum circles:
West Africa, Middle East, Japanese, Cuban, Brazilian, Native American,
Mongolian, Spanish and many many more……
c) Power of group percussion
• Bringing people together
"THERE IS NO AUDIENCE"
"THERE IS NO REHEARSAL"
"THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG"
"THERE IS NO TEACHER"
• Solstice Drum Circles
The summer solstice is the day of the year with the longest daylight
period and hence the shortest night. Summer Solstice Drum circles
are growing throughout the world and many of the participants
are of various faiths Winter Solstice drum circles are also growing
in popularity. The day of the winter solstice is the shortest
day and the longest night of the year.
• Rhythm as a tool for healing
Rhythm and pattern is all around us. I'm serious, it is really
EVERYWHERE. In fact, there is rhythm even in the line you just
In our BODY
Our bodies are multi-dimensional rhythm machines with everything
pulsing in synchrony; from the digesting activity of our intestines
to the firing of neurons in the brain. Within the body the main
beat is laid down by the cardiovascular system, the
heart and the lungs. As we age, however, these rhythms can fall
synch. And then, suddenly, there is no more important or crucial
regaining that lost rhythm.
Everywhere we see rhythm, patterns moving through time. Rhythm
is at the very center of our lives.
It is there in the cycles of the seasons, in the migration of
the birds and animals, in the fruiting and withering of plants,
and in birth.
how we WORK
From tool making to assembly lines to 1s and Os in computer programming.
In order to create the tools that allowed us to move forward as
a species, we learned to scrape, strike, rub, shake and swing
how we PLAY
As a species, we love to play with rhythm. We deal with it every
second of our
lives, right to the end. (ed. note: This is not intentionally
meant to be depressing)
According to the late ethnomusicologist John Blacking, music is
a mirror that reflects a culture's deepest social and biological
Blacking believed that a large part of music's power and pleasure
comes from its ability to reconnect us with the deeper rhythms
that we are not conscious of.
using drum circles is used by many groups of people sharing similar
problems as an activity to facilitate healing. Usually drummers
each bring their own instruments and drum together for about a
half hour. Afterward there is a discussion of issues of importance
to the group.
How does drumming promote healing and sharing?
1. Forming a common bond
2. Breaking barriers
Lonely housewives, 12 step groups like AA, single moms, ex-prisoners
and even aged folk have used drum circles to facilitate healing
WHAT are some of the benefits of drum circles?
1. Immediate reduction in feelings of loneliness
2. Non-verbal communication
3. Reduction in stress
musical instruments used
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