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In this quintessential guide to both creating and facilitating drum circles, 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 online play-along tracks, 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.” “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 What you’ll learn: * The science of entrainment * The drum circle duality * How to advertise and set up 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! . Creating metaphors and meaning
Drum Circle Spirit teaches about facilitating community through rhythm-based events. Arthur Hull, recognized as the father of the drum circle movement, uses rhythm circles for spirit – and team – building among personal growth and religious groups, major corporations and to help build community in grass roots organizations around the world. This book includes discussion and education about ‘rhythmaculture’; a play-along universal grooves CD with orchestration outlines; drum circle games; facilitation exercises; orchestration exercises; and the author’s philosophies, terminologies, and stories. All of these tools are designed to act as a foundation from which facilitators can grow and develop their own styles.
In this fascinating work, sound-healing pioneer Jonathan Goldman demonstrates, through practical information and exercises, how the amazing power of sound functions as personal vibrational therapy for the enhancement of mind, body, and spirit.
The 7 Secrets of Sound Healing explores the many different therapies that use sound to heal and transform—including ancient, modern, and futuristic methods—and features a practical application of knowledge and techniques that will assist you in leading a more harmonious life. Also included is a CD of music by Jonathan, demonstrating the principles found in this book.
Guided imagery is a powerful tool for promoting change and growth within a group. Guided Imagery for Groups contains everything you need to use this technique with any audience, in any setting. Fifty scripts addressing issues of:
Also includes tips on using group dynamics to enhance individual learning.
This is a resource you ll reach for again and again.
Fifty visualizations that promote relaxation, problem-solving, creativity, and well-being Transform people s natural tendency to daydream into a powerful tool for:
- Enhancing self-esteem
- Solving problems
- Centering spiritually
- Maximizing performance
- Managing stress
Using techniques he’s taught to thousands of patients and healthcare professionals, Dr. Rossman presents an overview of imagery and then provides readers with specific scripts that can be used to achieve deep relaxation and healing. “As clear and pragmatic a manual as one will find on the subject.” — Library Journal
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Use the music you love to become more efficient, relaxed, healthy, and happy.
At this very moment, you are surrounded by sound. Pause for a minute and try to listen to it all: the chatter of a passing conversation, the gentle whoosh of air vents, noise from a nearby street. We rarely pay attention to all that we hear, but every noise in our environment has the ability to affect our mood, our productivity, even our health—for better and for worse.
Drawing on a decade’s worth of groundbreaking brain science and research, bestselling author Don Campbell and sound expert Alex Doman’s Healing at the Speed of Sound® provides practical advice, exercises, and over 100 interactive links that help you create the perfect soundtrack for every task and enjoy a full, rich, and truly harmonious life.
With a venerable history as a healing art, it’s no surprise that scientists are now finding measurable positive immune With The Healing Drum Kit, internationally acclaimed music therapist Christine Stevens shows you how to use the art of drumming to ignite your creativity, release tension and anxiety, exercise the body, and communicate with a power beyond words.
Whether relaxing to the gentle lub-dub of a heartbeat, exploring sacred rhythms from around the globe, or simply drumming away stress, people of all ages will experience and enjoy the full spectrum of this ancient art, with The Healing Drum Kit.
Dr. Epstein provides a new vision of how the mind can heal the body through the use of “imaginal medicine.” His techniques for tapping into the mind’s latent energy enable readers to take charge of their health and lives with surprisingly fast, positive results.
This book is a complete, step-by-step, user friendly course on how to play djembe. Right from the start, in addition to learning how to make all the basic strokes, you’ll be learning interlocking parts for some of the most popular West African rhythms; Kuku, Djole, Kassa, Madan, Suku, Sunguru Bani and Thiba. After working through only a few lessons, you’ll be able to put the parts together and start playing these irresistible rhythms with your friends. The rhythms are written in simple charts, so no music reading is required. The CD that comes with the book gives you a chance to hear how each part sounds separately and how the parts for each rhythm fit together. It was recorded by John Camara, a master drummer from Bamako, Mali. Each rhythm lasts at least five minutes, so you’ll have plenty of time to play along. And when John solos during the final three minutes of each track, you’ll feel the thrill of playing your part along with an ensemble and lead drummer.
The Healing Drum traces the extraordinary cultural legacy of the Minianka tribe of West Africa, for whom music serves a sacred, healing function for the individual and society. The authors explore the Minianka view of humanity, music, and the cosmos relative to work, celebration, herbal medicine, dance, trance, initiation, and death.
The first book of its kind, delivering a message of untapped wisdom and power from a little-known culture through the universal medium of music.
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The Healing Power of the Drum is an authoritative yet easy to read book that shows how everyone can achieve health benefits from the increasingly popular activity of hand drumming. The raison d’etre for the book is to raise awareness of the hand drum from merely a musical instrument to a tool that can be used by individuals to attain psychological, physiological and spiritual well-being.
The book explores the drum from a multidimensional perspective, explaining the drum’s ability to release anger, create joy, alter brain rhythms, induce trance, and create empowerment. Research and anecdotal reports provide validation of the benefits of personal drumming.
The Healing Power of the Drum provides a springboard for readers to use the drum in exciting and innovative ways to enhance their own wellness. The book reflects the very qualities of drumming. It is easy to read and non-technical, fun, and yet it provides depth, meaning and purpose for the reader. As the drum provides seemingly limitless ranges of emotions from deep relaxation to extraordinary aliveness, the book accordingly explores the vast range of experiences offered by drumming, from its ability to create euphoria to its deep and sacred power to heal.
All new sequel to the original, wildly popular “Healing Power of the Drum”. A timely synopsis of the healing, cultural traditions, community building and continuation of the sacred lineage of the drum.
Steeped in Anishinaabe remedies for psychological healing and personal growth, Listen to the Drum invites us to learn to listen at the deepest level. It also helps us learn about our unique and special purpose, how to walk in balance and harmony on the Red Road, and how to connect to the River of Life. A deeply inspiring and refreshing invitation to learn from Native American traditions.
Personal testimony from researchers, healers, and musicians about how music can change lives. Why are we able to recognize melodies before we are born? Why does making music actually switch off the genes that signal stress? It is because music is part of who we are at the deepest level-and we don’t need any special talent or training to harness its power to enhance our lives.
With Music Medicine,music therapist Christine Stevens presents an information-packed resource, filled with scientifically based practices for accessing and attuning to the natural healing properties of music. Drawing from a wealth of research and her own pioneering healing work in some of the most challenging places around the world, Stevens invites readers to discover:
. Accessing the four elements of music-rhythm as medicine for the body, melody for the heart, harmony for the soul, and silence for the mind
. Why making music accelerates our ability to heal and change
. Healing playlists-each chapter features valuable download recommendations and links for selecting healing music
. The drum massage, creating your power song, full-body listening, and other effective and enjoyable practices
“Music,” teaches Christine Stevens, “can do so much more than entertain us.” With Music Medicine, she provides a thoroughly researched, accessible, and practical guide for therapists, healing practitioners, musicians-and anyone interested in music for health and spiritual growth.
“Each morning, as we hum or chant or strum, we can celebrate the renewal of our path with our own humble offering of the glorious gift called music. This book offers a panorama of ways music can nourish our lives.”—Paul Winter, award-winning musician and composer.
As ancient peoples knew, music profoundly affects body, mind, and spirit. It can speed recovery from disease, heal psychological wounds, and open us to the ultimate mystery of life. Celebrated author and educator Don Campbell presents an impressive anthology of essays exploring the latest scientific research about the healing use of sound in traditional cultures. Contributors include composers, musicians, and music therapists; doctors and psychologists; pioneers in neuroscience and biophysics; and teachers in diverse spiritual traditions. They address such fascinating topics as: Why chanting increases energy; The therapeutic use of sacred music; Gender differences in healing with sound; How sonic resonance positively affects heart rate and brain activity.
This 300 page book is jam packed with practical information, suggestions, and ideas for people who love hand drumming. If you’re interested in starting up a drum circle just for fun, an interactive drumming program for your group, or facilitating drum circles for a living, this read will help you along your drumming path. The focus is on sharing as much information about hand drumming and drum circles as I possibly could. Introducing people to drumming is what I love to do. I hope you dig my book, and my experiences help you to enjoy hand drumming more. Maybe even give you a few laughs along the way.
Expect lots of thrilling stuff, like 6 different ways to quickly jot down, or quickly transcribe drum rhythm notations. I cover vocalizing rhythms and how to get a rhythm going quickly no matter how large your group is. There is my sample set list of various rhythms that I use for a 90 minute facilitated drum circle. It’s sort of an outline I use and then improvise from as needed. It gives you an easy to follow guideline for almost any form of drum circle.
I cover facilitating drum circles, working with specialty groups, hosting drum circles, rhythmic drumming events, and programs for all ages. Everything from having a rockin’ drum circle – to a healing drum circle, plus the many different ways to approach them. I cover a wide variety of topics and questions I frequently get asked. For example: How do I start up a drum circle? What kind of drum(s) should I get? How should I approach working with this group, or that group?
And many other hand drumming, or drum circle related topics. Drumming with special needs groups, health and wellness, with kids, teens, adults, elders, and mixed age groups. Drum circles in cafe’s, and pubs. Team building, conventions, businesses, corporations, and events. Drum circles with at risk populations, at spiritual gatherings, and community events. Working with music directors, educational teachers, in schools, music therapists, medical professionals, and lots more.
An excellent resource for utilizing rhythm as a teaching and facilitation tool! Whether you are a beginner, part time jam artist, or seasoned musician, the activities in this book will give you hours of new ways to groove and play rhythms with others! All activities use easy to find instruments: Egg Shakers, Drum Sticks, Boomwhackers(r) Tuned Percussion Tubes, and REMO Sound Shapes(r). Plus, find excellent ideas on expanding your instrument collection with fun, durable, and inexpensive materials from any hardware store. The activities are great for participants of all ages, and the book includes a link to download FREE MP3’s of rhythms and songs. *Over three dozen activities for “easy to find” (and make) percussion instruments – including, shakers, drum sticks, Boomwhackers(r), Tuned Percussion Tubes, and REMO Sound Shapes(r). * You, (or your participants) need no background in music to present or participate in the activities – they are designed for “auditory teambuilding.” Add an auditory component to your experiential programming! *Includes links to FREE MP3 files with background “pulse tracks” to guide the speed of certain activities and vocal tracks that include the call and response songs ” Bambale” and “Che Che Kule.”
Create compelling rhythm-based events for groups of all kinds! Learn the art of drum-circle facilitation from master percussionist, educator and award-winning drum circle facilitator, Kalani. The interactive DVD includes activities, games, an instrument guide and inspirational interviews. Participants will also gain essential life skills, including creative thinking, active listening, teamwork, self-direction and communication. This title has been awarded by iParenting Media as one of the “Outstanding Products of 2005.”
It has never been easier or more fun for students to compose, improvise, arrange, and produce music and music-related projects than with today’s technology. Written in a practical, accessible manner, Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity offers both a framework for and practical tips on the technology tools best suited for encouraging students’ authentic musical creativity.
The rhythms and dances of Guinea, West Africa spring to life in this ground-breaking multimedia collection from award-winning author Kalani and noted world percussionist Ryan M. Camara! More than just a drumming book, this easy-to-use method immerses teachers and students in traditional West African music, dance and culture through a step-by-step curriculum that maintains cultural authenticity. The World Rhythms! Arts Program (WRAP) is a multiple-discipline curriculum that incorporates drumming, singing, dance, and culture. Rooted in traditional West African music and dance, WRAP helps develop essential arts and life skills through a holistic approach to music and movement education. A must for your classroom!