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Drumming has become a very popular strategy among music therapists.
Yet percussion, world music, and drum circles facilitation are still not core
requirements of our studies. In addition, one of the most well attended events at
every AMTA national conference is the drum circle.

Drum circle facilitation skills are essential for music therapists. In this course, you will
learn from 10 segments on how to start a drum circle, how to set up the circle and
prepare, how to use cues, when to use the cues, how to create a natural flow, and
more. The course includes live footage from a training. Additionally, you will view
video coverage of drum circle facilitation all over the world, working with people with
special needs, corporation, and the general public.

Our Drum Circle Facilitation 101 course includes an active forum where you can meet
others in the learning community as you evolve throughout the training.

Full course description

This course is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 5 CMTEs.

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About the Instructor

Christine Stevens

Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC

Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC is author of Music Medicine, The Healing Drum Kit and The Art and Heart of Drum Circles. The founder of UpBeat Drum Circles, she has appeared on NBC, PBS, KTLA, Discovery Health, Living Better TV, and is a faculty for The Shift Network. She has trained facilitators from more than twenty-five countries including Iraq, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Europe. Christine has worked with Fortune 500 companies, survivors of Katrina, students at Ground Zero and most recently, led the first drum circle training in a war-zone in northern Iraq. She is the host of Global Rhythm Sangha Online, and teaches a variety of online training programs, including Awaken Your Rhythm which has served hundreds of people from over 35 countries.

Kind Words

“I would wholeheartedly recommend this course to others! I loved the use of a live group, Christine’s thorough descriptions and explanations, and then seeing it all implemented several times over as others learned and practiced. I loved being able to rewind and listen and watch, over and over–anything I didn’t at first get! Hearing, seeing and practicing, and then coming back to watch again! I definitely will use drumming with more confidence now and, hopefully, with more settings and populations.”

Deborah Shell, MT-BC

“I wasn’t sure I would understand (the course) if it was just lecture, but the demonstration videos took care of that worry. My favorite part of the course was learning the cues. I am very satisfied with this course, and now I want to add drum circles to my MT bag of tricks!”

Hillary Lee, MT-BC

“Taking the drum circle 101 online facilitation training was enormously helpful to giving me more confidence as a drum circle facilitator.”

Cindy St-Cyr

“I would absolutely recommend this course to others! It’s accessible to people in all kinds of fields, and now I feel like I just filled my toolbox to capacity! I have at least 3x the number of ideas, techniques and skills than what I had before going through the course. I can’t wait to start trying out all the new stuff! The chance to learn and practice in the privacy of my home really helps me build confidence!”

Tracy Stoermer

“This course provides a better understanding as well as confidence of how to facilitate a drum circle with clear instructions for participants to follow as well as empower them to facilitate. After taking this course, I feel I will have more confidence in facilitating a drum circle and helping participants to facilitate. Christine Stevens did a great”

T. Jackson, MT-BC

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CBMT Relationship: Drum Circle Facilitation 101 with Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 5 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. Sound Health Music, Approved Provider #P-110, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. Please view the required CBMT information.