Kids’ Classics presents a Drumming in Healthcare Workshop for Musicians on Friday, 29 June 2012 from 9.30am-12.30pm in DIT Rathmines. Drumming is one of the most universally accessible forms of music – if you have a heartbeat, you can drum! Because of this, it is ideally suited to work in healthcare settings, as a way of quickly involving participants in meaningful music making.

In this workshop, you will learn:
• basic hand drumming technique
• effective use of percussion
• noise management
• drumming activities to engage people aged 2 to 102!
• how to adapt these for varying abilities
• how to create your own rhythmic ‘pieces’, and how to improvise
• how to choose appropriate activities based on musical, social, and communicative potential

The workshop will be led by visiting facilitator, Dr. Jane Bentley, from Glasgow, Scotland. She has been drumming in healthcare settings for the past decade, and has studied extensively with Arthur Hull, the principal founder of the community drum circle movement. Last year she was awarded the first ever PhD based on drum circles and improvisation, highlighting the effects of group music making on human wellbeing.

Much of her current work involves developing music in hospitals and mental health services, working across a range settings, from pediatric units, to adults with dementia, to maximum-security forensic psychiatry. She specialises in the role of music making in social and communicative development, and works all over the UK and internationally. She is regularly invited to present at conferences, and was the keynote speaker for the International Drum Circle Facilitators conference in the USA in 2011.

Cost: €30
Date: 29 June 2012
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: DIT Conservatory of Music Rathmines
(Booking is required to secure a place)
Contact: to request an application for the workshop or call 087 9353276.


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